Striker Raheem Sterling is unlikely to play for England in the World Cup quarter-final duel against France this Saturday (10). The athlete had his home, in Surrey, metropolitan London, invaded and will only return to Qatar when he has guarantees that his family is completely safe. He may not even compete in the World Cup anymore.
The information was initially published by ‘The Sun’, who heard from sources connected to the player and his family, and was also replicated with confirmations and more details by other British portals, such as the Daily Mail.
The first information regarding the robbery is that Sterling’s family was present. However, the athlete’s wife, Paige, plus the couple’s three children were in Qatar, following the group stage of the Cup, and the invasion took place during that period.
The striker’s wife realized what happened last Saturday night (3), when she noticed the lack of jewelry and watches that, together, were valued at 300,000 euros (R$ 1.6 million, at current quotations). She automatically called the police.
Sterling’s home is in a gated community valued at £6 million. He recently moved there, shortly after moving from Manchester City to Chelsea in July this year. The initiative to live there was precisely because of the idea of having more security. However, the player’s neighbors believe that the crime was planned, as some works were carried out on site during the week, and this included the presence of contractors and other employees who had access to the house.
Sterling is the second Chelsea player to have his home invaded in just over a year. In September 2021, side Reece James also had his home stolen while defending the Blues in a Champions League game. On the occasion, a safe with the medals that the player won in football was opened and the items taken by the criminals.
England have cleared the striker to return to London and will not press him to return. Coach Gareth Southgate himself made it clear that the family comes first and that the moment is for the group to wish strength and support the player.
Sterling’s absence makes room for 22-year-old Phil Foden, who plays for Manchester City. The player was a starter in England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal, in the round of 16 of the World Cup, and stood out with two assists.