The England international returned to the UK after thieves entered his home in Surrey to steal watches and jewellery.
His family was not home during the break-in, but he wanted to be with them after the incident. He was concerned about the wellbeing of his three children.
A statement from the FA read: “Raheem Sterling will return to England’s World Cup base in Qatar. The forward temporarily left to attend to a family matter but is now expected to rejoin the squad in Al Wakrah on Friday (December 9) ahead of the quarter-final with France.”
The player’s spokesperson said the burglary shook the player. He said that ‘as soon Sterling received the news, he wanted to get home’.
The news is a boost for Gareth Southgate. England are about to face their sternest test at the World Cup.
The Three Lions face the reigning champions with Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, and Antoine Griezmann in fantastic form.
Southgate knows he has a tactical battle on his hands against Didier Deschamps. However, beating France could boost his squad to go all the way.
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