The English national team defeated the Senegalese footballers 3-0 in the round of 16 of the championship, but R. Sterling could watch this match only on television or on a computer screen.
The 27-year-old striker left Qatar and flew back to the United Kingdom. The reason is an armed invasion of the football player’s home in Surrey, near London. The athlete learned about this event on the day of the match.
Shocked by the incident, the footballer left the national team – he is worried about the psychological condition of his wife and three children who remain in England.
It is announced that an armed gang broke into the football player’s house and stole watches worth 300 thousand. pounds sterling. Much information about the incident is not provided, but it is reported that the football player’s wife and children were at home at the time of the incident, and police officers arrived there shortly after the incident.
It is believed that the thieves were deceived, hoping that the football player’s family would go to Qatar together with R. Sterling and the event would remain unnoticed for some time.
England national team coach Garethas Southgate’as could not answer when or if Mr. Sterling will return to Qatar at all.
“Family always comes first. He has as much time as he needs. Right now, Raheem needs to be with his family and we certainly won’t put any pressure on him to come back to Qatar. “Sometimes football really isn’t the most important thing,” Southgate noted.
“Our thoughts are with Raheem and his family at this time. It’s a personal thing, but it’s never nice when one of your teammates or friends has to deal with this type of incident. I have no doubt that he made the best decision for himself and his family at this time. We wish him the best of luck and hope to see him back in Qatar again,” added the England captain Harry Kane’as.
England will play the quarter-final match against France next Saturday.
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