Stephen Dunmoye

England and Chelsea forward, Raheem Sterling has left the World Cup tournament in Qatar after armed intruders broke into his home in the UK while his family was inside.

Sterling, who had started two of the Three Lions’ three games at the World Cup, made the urgent trip following the news that his home where his fiancee Paige Milian and two children was burgled into by robbers.

It was gathered that Sterling wanted to get home as soon as he was alerted to the break-in, having been very shaken and concerned for the wellbeing of his children.

Manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Sterling is heading back to the UK but it is understood the player could return to Qatar if the circumstances are right.

Asked if Sterling could return to play a part in the tournament, Southgate said, “I really don’t know, it’s a situation he needs time to deal with, I don’t want to put any pressure on him.

“Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing and family should come first.”

England will play France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.