Concerns have been raised over Raheem Sterling’s availability for England’s quarterfinal match against France. This Saturday as he returns home from England’s World Cup training in Qatar. Chelsea’s star player was left off of England’s roster for their 3-0 triumph against Senegal on Sunday because of “a family situation,” as verified by the English Football Association.
Raheem Sterling may not be ready for England’s quarterfinal
British media had reported that Sterling’s home was broken into by armed invaders on Saturday night when he and his family were inside. In Southgate’s six years as manager, Sterling has become an integral part of the English team. The 27-year-old forward has scored 20 times in 81 international career appearances, including one goal in the 2022 World Cup victory over Iran, which resulted in a 6-2 score.
Even if Sterling makes it back to Qatar, the emergence of Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Phil Foden may prevent him from being. It is included in Southgate’s starting lineup for the next eight games. As a result of the straightforward victory over Senegal, Saka and Rashford now have three goals apiece for the tournament. Foden has contributed two assists.
“At the moment, the priority is for him to be with his family. We’re going to support that and leave him to have as much time as he needs,” said England manager Gareth Southgate.
“At the moment, it s a situation he needs time with his family to deal with. I don t want to put him under any pressure.
“Sometimes football isn t the most important thing and family should come first.”
“It didn’t impact the team selection,” Southgate said. “I spent a lot of time with Raheem this morning.
“We are mindful of him being allowed space and his privacy respected. He s heading home to England.
“It s not ideal for the group ahead of a big game, but it pales insignificance. The individual is more important than the group in that situation.”