ENGLAND hero Jordan Henderson threw his support behind Raheem Sterling while wearing his shorts after the winger’s home was broken into.
The 27-year-old Chelsea star was originally dropped from the squad for the Senegal game due to personal reasons.
It later emerged that Sterling’s Surrey mansion was the subject of an armed robbery on Saturday night.
And alongside the star was team-mate Henderson, who wore Sterling’s No 10 shorts after the final whistle as he greeted his family in the stands in Qatar.
Sterling has raced back to the UK after the incident at his home – 15 minutes from Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
Terrified fiancee Paige Milian, 27 – at home with their two children – sounded the alarm when the gang stole £300,000 worth of watches.
Sterling could return to Qatar in Saturday’s quarter-final against France.
Boss Gareth Southgate said: “He’s dealing with a family matter. I had quite a bit of time with him this morning, but I had to pass that on to other people to help him with that.
“He’s going to go and take care of this matter and we’ll have to take it from there.”
It is not known if real estate developer Paige confronted the attackers, or if they fled upon realizing someone was inside.
The gang may have thought she and the couple’s sons, aged five and three, were still in Qatar.
Ahead of England’s first game, she posted pictures of the two boys on a cruise ship in Doha and was tagged with cocktails in social media images.
A family source said: “This was terrifying for her and obviously traumatic for the whole family.
“Raheem must have been beside himself with worry when he heard it.
“Being away when your partner and children are home when an armed gang breaks in is indescribable.
“It looks like around £300,000 worth of watches have been stolen. The police were there for several hours.”
Without Sterling, England beat Senegal 3-0 in the round of 16.
It was pal Henderson who scored the opening goal, calming England’s nerves after 38 minutes.
Harry Kane finally broke his World Cup duck by smashing a second deep into stoppage time in the first half.
Bukayo Saka added luster to the performance with a third goal in the 57th minute to seal the win.
However, attention soon turned to Sterling after the game – and it was Henderson who revealed his team-mates were wholeheartedly behind his decision to return home.
“It’s a blow, but I hope all is well with Raheem’s family at home. I hope he goes back and can sort it all out,” Henderson said.
“I’m not sure he can come back, I suppose he’ll have to judge when he’s there, but all our thoughts and support are with him.”
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