Already absent on Sunday in England’s round of 16 victory over Senegal (3-0) at the 2022 World Cup, English striker and Chelsea star Raheem Sterling could also miss the shock against France. In question, a “family problem”, said coach Gareth Southgate.
English striker Raheem Sterling, absent in the victorious round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup against Senegal (3-0), on Sunday, due to a “family problem”, has returned to England, but could perhaps return later in Qatar, coach Gareth Southgate told the ITV television channel. “He has a family issue to deal with and I spent quite a bit of time with him this morning, but I left other people to help him with that issue,” Gareth Southgate said on Sunday December 4.
“He will go back there (to England) to take care of it and then we will see what happens,” he added when asked if the player could then return to Qatar.
Armed men entered his home
According to the English press, armed men broke into the player’s home in Surrey, south London, while his partner and young child were present. “Clearly, the priority for him is to be with his family and we will support him for that. We will give him all the time he needs,” added Gareth Southgate.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on him. Sometimes football really isn’t the most important thing and family comes first,” concluded the coach. England, who beat Senegal 3-0 in the round of 16, will face defending champions France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.