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STERLING SET TO MAKE DECISION SHORTLY AS MYSTERY SURROUNDS ABSENCE

Raheem Sterling will decide in the next 24 hours whether he will return to the World Cup.The Chelsea forward was unavailable for England’s 3-0 win over Senegal in the round of 16 on Monday morning (all times AEDT), having flown home after a robbery at the family home.STERLING SET TO MAKE DECISION SHORTLY AS MYSTERY SURROUNDS ABSENCE

 

Chelsea striker Raheem Sterling was forced to rush home from the 2022 World Cup due to a family emergency. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Chelsea striker Raheem Sterling was forced to rush home from the 2022 World Cup due to a family emergency. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

 

England insiders are hopeful that Sterling will rejoin his team-mates in Qatar but the FA is refusing to clarify whether Gareth Southgate received accurate information about the raid on the Chelsea forward’s house.

On Monday morning a spokesman for Sterling said that the 27-year-old’s partner and children were subjected to a horrifying ordeal by armed invaders during a robbery while the family were in their Surrey mansion.

But Surrey police responded to the reports by clarifying on Tuesday that the family were not present and that there was no evidence of anyone being armed. They said officers were still trying to ascertain when an alleged burglary had taken place because it was only upon the family’s return from Qatar on Saturday night that they discovered watches and jewellery were missing.

After seeing his side secure their passage to the quarter-finals, Southgate revealed that he had spoken at length to a “shaken” Sterling on Sunday night before passing the matter on to FA officials, who helped to organise the player’s return to the UK. But since then the matter has been shrouded in secrecy, with the FA unwilling to discuss the obvious inconsistencies with the reasons given for Sterling’s absence on Monday and the details then shared by the police.

There has also been a refusal to reveal exactly what Southgate, the England manager, was told by either Sterling or his advisers when he met with one of his key players on Sunday night.

Insiders at the FA did make the point that the communications team supporting Southgate’s squad here in Doha did not brief any of the information that has led to the confusion. They were given only limited details at the Al Bayt Stadium, with the other England players responding to media reports when they were asked about Sterling’s situation after the game.

Sterling reportedly spoke to Surrey officers on Tuesday about the alleged break-in at his home and by last night (Wednesday) there was still no news regarding his possible return to the England camp for Saturday’s encounter with France.

Sources have suggested he may still return despite being absent for much of the build-up to the quarter-final match. He would need to be back in Doha by tomorrow (Friday) morning if he stands any chance of involvement against France, although he is likely to be a substitute in any case.

Raheem Sterling's home broken into by burglars forcing England ace to race  back from World Cup | The Sun
STERLING SET TO MAKE DECISION SHORTLY AS MYSTERY SURROUNDS ABSENCE

When asked on Sunday night if Sterling would come back, Southgate was non-committal. “It’s impossible to say. I’ve got to give him the space,” he said.

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