Armed robbery keeps Sterling away from the World Cup.. What is his position on the England-France match?
Raheem Sterling, England winger, faced a strong family crisis that caused him to leave his squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Sterling left England’s list hours before facing Senegal in the final price of the World Cup in Qatar, for family reasons, noting that the “Three Lions” team decided the match in its favor with three goals.
Hours before the game, the Football Association announced that Sterling would not leave to deal with a “family matter”, without explaining additional reasons.
England coach Gareth Southgate was asked before the match about the reason for Sterling’s absence, so he confirmed the FA’s statement without elaborating on any details.
Why was Raheem Sterling absent from the England-Senegal match?
According to the British newspaper “The Sun”, Raheem Sterling’s return to England came because his home in the British capital, London, was subjected to an armed robbery while his family was present.
According to other press reports, the robbery appeared to have been meticulously planned, with most of the valuables in Sterling’s home stolen.
This prompted Sterling to quickly return to London to check on his family, becoming the second player to leave the England camp in Qatar for personal reasons after defender Ben White.
What is Raheem Sterling’s position on the England-France match in the 2022 World Cup?
After the match, Southgate was asked about Sterling’s position on the England-France World Cup quarter-final match next Saturday.
Southgate’s answer was ambiguous, as he said: “I don’t know if Sterling will return to England’s list for the remaining competitions or not.”
He added, “We have to wait and see. The priority at the moment is his safety and the safety of his family. We will give him the time he needs.”
Sterling has one goal in his account, which he scored in England’s first match against Iran, during a 6-2 victory.