England striker Raheem Sterling exits the World Cup after armed intruders broke into his home


England’s No 10 striker Raheem Sterling attends the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B soccer match between England and USA on November 25, 2022 at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

England striker Raheem Sterling is taking time off from the World Cup after gunmen broke into his home, according to the Guardian.

Sterling missed Sunday’s win against Senegal and it’s unclear if he will be available when England meet France in Saturday’s semi-final, England manager Gareth Southgate has said.

England will not push Sterling back. The team will give him “as much time as he needs,” according to Southgate. Sterling left the club to return home to his family. According to the Guardian, Southgate wholeheartedly agreed with that decision.

“It’s a situation he has to deal with with his family. I don’t want to put any pressure on him. Sometimes football is not the most important thing and family has to come first.”

Sterling has three young children.

England captain Harry Kane said Sterling’s absence was a “private matter” and the team sent Sterling “our best wishes and hope to see him as soon as possible”.

Sterling scored a goal and an assist in England’s 6-2 group stage win over Iran.

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