Monday, 05 December 2022 17:10

Raheem Sterling flies home from Qatar as armed robbers break into house with kids inside!!!

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Raheem Sterling's partner Paige and young children were at his home during the raid and the England international is understandably keen to get back to the UK to be with his family

 

England superstar Raheem Sterling recieved some terrible news whilst getting ready to play against senegal and has flown home from Qatar after armed robbers broke in and raided his Surrey mansion while his partner and young children were indoors. The England international missed his nation's 3-0 World Cup last-16 win over Senegal after he learnt what happened on Saturday evening. He is understandably shaken and concerned about the well-being of his children. Sterling has told Gareth Southgate he is hoping to be back for the quarter-final with France on December 10. But the Three Lions boss admitted this isn't a priority for Sterling or England at the moment. "Raheem wanted to return home because he was concerned for his young children," said a source. "They were at home during the raid. "He will come back to Qatar if he can - but he had to put his family first." A source said that around £300,000 of watches were taken in the raid. "This was terrifying for her and obviously traumatic for all the family," the source said. "Raheem will have been beside himself with worry when he heard. To be away when your partner and children are at home when an armed gang breaks in is beyond words. "It looks like about £300,000 of watches have been taken. The police were there several hours." Southgate said following the win over Senegal: "We will have to wait and see if he'll be back to play against France, at the moment, clearly the priority is for him to be with his family and we're going to support that.

“We’ve got to give him time to try to resolve that or be there for his family. That’s the most important thing at this time, so we’re going to give him that space.“It didn’t impact team selection. I spent a lot of time with Raheem this morning, but you know you have days where events happen and you have to deal with them.

We're going to allow him to have as much time as he needs. He's going home, yeah. "I really don't know because at the moment it's a situation in which he needs time with his family. I don't want to put him under any pressure. Sometimes football isn't the most important thing and family should come first."

Sterling's partner Paige and young children were at his home during the raid and the Chelsea winger is understandably keen to get back to the UK to be with his family.

BBC presenter Gary Lineker posted his best wishes on Twitter, saying: "Thoughts are with Raheem Sterling and his family after their awful and harrowing ordeal." Former England star Stan Collymore described the burglary as "truly awful, frightening and callous. Our prayers go out to the family of Raheem Sterling