- Raheem Sterling will only return to England's World Cup camp if his family is safe
- The star's home was reportedly broken into by armed thugs while he was in Qatar
- Sterling's wife and children were not inside the house when the incident occurred
England winger Raheem Sterling has vowed to only return to Qatar only when he feels his family is safe.
The Chelsea star left the England camp last week, after learning his home was broken into by armed robbers who made away with expensive jewelry.
The 27-year-old missed England's 3-0 win over Senegal in the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup, after he was alerted to the burglary and wanted to return home to ensure his family's safety.
The former Manchester City star played in the Three Lions' first two Group B games, scoring against Iran. He was replaced in the last match against Wales and then missed out against the Lions of Teranga.
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According to Footballlondon, England boss Gareth Southgate isn't sure whether Sterling will return to Qatar, but hasn't ruled him out just yet.
According to the Mirror, police confirmed that Sterling's family wasn't in the house at the time of the robbery.
Sterling breaks his silence
According to the Sun, Sterling said the only way he could go back and play in Qatar is if his family were safe.
"There is no way I’m going anywhere, unless I’m 100 per cent sure that my family can be kept safe."
Sterling is the second England player to leave the camp after Arsenal defender Ben White, who returned home last week for personal reasons.
His Chelsea teammate, Reece James also suffered a similar fate to Sterling's, as his home was broken into in September 2021. A safe containing his Super Cup and Euro 2020 medals was stolen.
Sterling addresses struggles under Potter
Sports Brief earlier reported on Sterling ddressing his struggles under new Chelsea boss Graham Potter. He has struggled to fit in a wing-back role, and is among the few players who have failed to impress under the Blues' boss.
Sterling has now admitted that his preferred position is on the wings. However, the 27-year-old was quick to add that he was open to trying new things under Potter, who is still trying to find his feet.
"I feel my best position is a winger, that’s for sure. But [Potter] has his way of playing and he’s not had a full pre-season with us. He was dropped in the middle of a storm, really."
Source: Sports Brief News