Striker Raheem Sterling returned to England after receiving news that his home had been invaded. Thus, the Chelsea player missed the English in the 3-0 victory against Senegal in the round of 16 of the World Cup. According to the English newspaper The Sun, to return to Qatar, the winger imposed one condition: absolute certainty that his family is safe.
At first, it was reported that several armed men invaded the player’s home in Surrey, south of London, when his partner and their three children were present at the scene. However, the family was accompanying the attacker in Qatar at the time of the robbery. In the robbery, between watches, jewelry and money, 350 thousand euros (R$ 1.6 million at current exchange rates) would have been taken.
Sterling was expected to return in time to bolster England against France in the World Cup quarter-finals. However, his return to the Worlds is still uncertain.
The striker participated in the first two matches of the English in the competition and scored a goal in the 6-2 defeat against Iran in the debut.
After taking first place in Group B and eliminating Senegal, England faces France, this Saturday, at 4 pm (from Brasilia), at the Al Bayt stadium, in Al Khor, in Qatar.