Raheem Sterling missed England's 2022 FIFA World Cup match against Senegal due to a family emergency. The Chelsea striker has left his retirement to return to England and be close to his wife and three children after receiving news of a break-in at his home by some thieves.
It is unclear whether Sterling will return in time to play in the quarter-final against France on Saturday 10 December. There is no threat of violence, as the stolen items were discovered afterwards. Investigations into the circumstances are ongoing.
No arrests have been made so far. "His priority is being with his family, we will support him and give him all the time he needs. Sometimes football isn't the most important thing, family comes first," said Southgate. Investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances and investigations are ongoing.
Raheem Sterling shocks: robbery at his home, return in UK At first it appeared that Sterling's wife and three children were present at the time of the raid, during which £350,000 worth of watches were allegedly stolen.
Surrey Police investigating the case issued a statement on Monday morning, revealing that no one was in the house at the time of the burglary: "We are currently investigating a reported burglary at an Oxshott, Leatherhead address.
Police were contacted shortly before 21.00 on Saturday 3 December after the occupants of the property returned home to find a number of items, including jewelery and watches, had been stolen." Sterling was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he spent his early years.
At the age of 5, he emigrated with his mother to London in England, where he attended Copland High School. He never met his father, who died in a shooting in Kingston. Considered a symbol of the fight against racism, during his sporting career he was the victim of various racist abuses from fans and the press. He denounced these episodes publicly and called for a cultural revolution in the world of sport.