Raheem Sterling leaves England World Cup squad after armed home break-in


KHOR, Qatar – Raheem Sterling, the most capitulated player in the England team here at the World Cup, returned to England on Sunday night after his family suffered a robbery by armed intruders in their home, according to several British media.

England’s round of 16 match with Senegal began at the Al Bayt Stadium with the news that Sterling, who had started in the group games against Iran and the United States, would not be available for a “family business”. Neither manager Gareth Southgate nor captain Harry Kane addressed the matter specifically.

“I spent a lot of time with Raheem this morning,” Southgate, the national manager since 2016, said after England advanced with a 3-0 win. “You know, you have days where events happen and you have to deal with them. It’s on the way home, and we’re obviously careful to give it space.”

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Sterling, an attacking midfielder who has played for Liverpool, Manchester City and now Chelsea, has been a regular sight with England since making his senior national team debut in November 2012, a month before his 18th birthday. He has played 81 games for the national team, two more than Kane after Sunday night, and has scored 20 goals, including one in the opening 6-2 win over Iran in this World Cup.

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He was born in Jamaica but grew up from the age of 5 in London after his mother moved him there. According to Sterling in 2018 and other reports, his father died of gun violence in Jamaica when Raheem was 2 years old. In June 2017, Sterling made what the BBC described as “a substantial donation” to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in which 71 people died. dead, telling the network: “This is a deep and sad situation, one that is close to my heart and hard to swallow. I would like to help in the best way I can.”

He will be 28 years old on Thursday.

Southgate made it clear that Sterling could return to the team during this World Cup, but that is impossible to predict. England play France on Saturday in the quarter-finals.

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“Our thoughts are with him and his family,” Kane said in the post-match press conference. “It’s a private matter, but it’s never easy to see one of your teammates and friends deal with something like this. We have to take it day by day. I’m sure that Raheem will talk to the manager and make the best decision for him and his family. That’s the most important thing. We send him our best wishes and hope to see him as soon as possible.”

Southgate said: “We have to give him time to try to resolve this or be there for his family. That is the most important thing at this moment, so we have to give him that space” and “make sure he has the time he has need”.

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The latest: In another night of sensational football from the world’s youngest player, Kylian Mbappé set up the first goal before scoring two top-quality finishes as France cruised past Poland 3-1 to book a quarter-final place against to England on Saturday.

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USMNT: The United States men’s national team fell to the Netherlands, 3-1, on Saturday in the opening game of the round of 16. The United States has not won a World Cup elimination game since in 2002, when they beat regional rivals Mexico in the round of 16 in South Korea.

The elimination round schedule: A World Cup group stage full of shocking upsets and dramatic reversals will now lead to a knockout round that promises more surprises.

Perspective: “The incremental progress was clear, but more than that, the players have performed in a matter that indicates that they are on a path to immense growth. There is a cohesion and an energy about the United States that should inspire belief.” Read Jerry Brewer on the future of the US men’s national team.


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