Revealed: England stars’ DECISION after burglars broke into Raheem Sterling’s mansion

December 5th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Shocked Three Lions players are beefing up security at their homes after burglars broke into Raheem Sterling’s mansion while his partner and young children were inside, forcing the star to leave England’s World Cup camp to be at their side.

The Chelsea forward has rushed home from Qatar to check on the wellbeing of his family after being left ‘shaken’ by the raid on his gated property in leafy Cobham, Surrey on Saturday night.

Police were at the scene over the weekend and security patrolled the luxurious estate late into the night on Sunday.

Now, according to the Daily Mail, many of Sterling’s teammates are understood to be considering increasing their own levels of protection, with the raid being the latest in a string of burglaries on footballer’s homes.

Most of the players’ WAGs were in the Al Bayt Stadium for England’s comfortable 3-0 win over Senegal on Sunday.

However, many have been flying back and forth from Qatar during the tournament to juggle their own careers as well as looking after young children.

Sterling’s partner Paige Milian, 27, posted pictures on a cruise ship in Doha before the Iran game last month, but was back in the UK at the time of the raid.

A statement released 90 minutes before kick-off revealed Sterling – one of Gareth Southgate’s most trusted players in major tournaments – missed the last 16 clash to deal with a ‘family matter’.

News of his omission, and the shocking circumstances that caused it, were not relayed to players until the team meeting prior to leaving for the Al Bayt Stadium.

Around £300,000 of watches are thought to have been stolen in the raid, a family source told The Sun.

Sterling, a father of three, was also targeted by burglars when he played for Manchester City and lived in Cheshire in 2018. But the gang were scared away when an alarm system was activated and left empty-handed.

While it is not known if and when Sterling will return to the England camp, he has been determined to play a pivotal role in their quest to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966.

Only the wellbeing of his children has pushed him to take the decision to leave the rest of the squad to fly home.

After the Three Lions’ victory last night, Southgate said of Sterling: “The priority for him is to be with his family.

“We’re going to support that and leave him to have as much time as he needs.

“He’s going home. I don’t want to put him under pressure. Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing, family should come first.”

England captain Harry Kane said: “Our thoughts are with him and his family. It’s a private matter but it’s never easy to see one of your teammates and friends deal with something like that.

“We’ll have to take it day by day. I’m sure Raheem will speak to the manager and take 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.”

Jordan Henderson appeared to make a subtle gesture of support to his teammate by wearing the star’s No10 shorts when the players met their families in the stands after full time.

He added: “It’s a blow but I hope everything is OK with Raheem’s family at home. I hope he goes back and can sort everything out.

“I’m not sure if he can come back, I suppose he will have to assess when he’s there but all our thoughts and support are with him.”

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