Why did Raheem Sterling leave the World Cup and will he play against France?

ENGLAND defeated Senegal and reached the World Cup quarter-finals against France.

However, the victory was overshadowed by news that Raheem Sterling had left the Three Lions’ camp to return to the UK following an armed break-in at his home.

Raheem Sterling did not play for England

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Raheem Sterling did not play for EnglandPhoto credit: Getty

Why did Raheem Sterling NOT play for England?

Raheem Sterling pulled out of England’s round of 16 game against Senegal after learning his home in Surrey was broken into on Saturday night.

Sterling was forced to fly back from the World Cup after burglars broke into his home.

It has since emerged that his wife and children were at home at the time of the burglary.

The FA had said before kick-off that Sterling had failed to address a “family matter”.

The statement read: “Raheem Sterling is not available for selection for the #ThreeLions tonight as he is dealing with a family matter.”

The shock announcement came just hours before the Three Lions kicked off against the Africa Cup of Nations champions.

Sterling started both of England’s games against Iran and USA, but was then benched in England’s 3-0 win over Wales.

The 27-year-old has scored 21 goals in 80 international matches.

England boss Gareth Southgate says Sterling intends to return for the quarter-finals in France on Saturday night but football has rightly taken a back seat at the moment.

Southgate said: “I really don’t know, it’s a situation he needs time to come to terms with. I don’t want to put any pressure on him.”

“Sometimes football is not the most important thing and family should come first.”

Raheem Sterling has 80 caps for England

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Raheem Sterling has 80 caps for EnglandCredit: AP

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