It has revealed that Raheem Sterling’s England teammates were informed of the horrifying raid on his house while his spouse and small children were inside, hours before kickoff, as the star rushed home to be with his family.
Saturday night, thieves stormed into the £6 million gated property of a father of three in Cobham, Surrey, and made off with £300,000 worth of watches.
It’s not the first time Sterling has been targeted; a break-in at his Cheshire home in 2018 prompted him to purchase a £15,000 Rottweiler guard dog named Okan as part of a 24-hour security squad.
As the latest in a succession of thefts on footballer’s houses, it is believed that several of Sterling’s colleagues are contemplating raising their own levels of personal protection.
Paige Sterling and the couple’s three children were inside the residence during the raid.
Following the raid, it is believed that several of Sterling’s comrades are considering raising their own levels of personal security.
Josh Tymon, a defender for Stoke City, made a plea for assistance last month when thieves took “everything of value” from his home in Knutsford, Cheshire, including watches, purses, shoes, jewelry, and a Range Rover Sport SVR.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards were targeted in September, when a gang broke into their £3.5 million Cheshire home while they were there with their 13-year-old son.
In April, a 31-year-old man was detained when a safe was stolen from the Surrey home of Chelsea player Reece James.
James, age 21, reported that his Champions League, Super Cup, and Euro 2020 medals were stolen in September.
Sterling was targeted for the last time in 2018, when he was playing for Manchester City and residing in Cheshire.
However, the gang fled as the alarm system was activated, leaving empty-handed.
Thomas Mee, Vincent Ball, and John Barlow, all of Liverpool, were imprisoned for the raid in 2020. They have also attacked other prominent personalities, including Jay Kay of Jamiroquai.
One year later, a gang was sentenced to 100 years in prison for committing a series of violent robberies, including a 2019 ambush of Arsenal stars Mezut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac outside a London restaurant.
On Sunday, the majority of the players’ wives and girlfriends were there at the Al Bayt Stadium for England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal.
Nonetheless, many have been travelling back and forth from Qatar during the tournament in order to balance their employment with the care of young children.
Paige Milian, Sterling’s 27-year-old girlfriend, uploaded images from a cruise ship in Doha before to the Iran game last month, although she was in the United Kingdom during the raid on Saturday
Sterling, one of Gareth Southgate’s most trusted lieutenants at big events, will miss the last 16 match due to a ‘family problem,’ according to a statement released 90 minutes prior to kickoff yesterday night.
The players were not informed of Sterling’s omission and the startling events that led to it until the team meeting immediately prior to departing for Al Bayt Stadium.
After a previous break-in at his Cheshire property, Sterling was compelled to spend £15,000 on a rottweiler protection dog named Okan.
Josh Tymon, a defender for Stoke City, issued a plea for assistance last month after thieves took “everything of value” from his home in Knutsford, Cheshire, including watches, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and a Range Rover Sport SVR. He and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Courtney Moxon, were not present.
Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards were targeted in September, when a gang broke into their £3.5 million Cheshire home while they were there with their 13-year-old son.
In April, a 31-year-old man was detained when a safe was stolen from the Surrey home of Chelsea player Reece James. At this time, thieves struck.
A gang was sentenced to 100 years in prison in 2021 for committing a spate of violent robberies, including a 2019 attack on Arsenal stars Mezut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac outside a London restaurant.
Southgate stated the winger will be leaving the camp to go back to the United Kingdom, but did not specify when he would return.
Approximately £300,000 worth of watches are believed to have been stolen during the break-in, according to a family insider who spoke to The Sun.
Locals informed MailOnline that police investigating the break-in had been and left the area, and that security had been conducting late-night patrols.
It is unknown if and when Sterling will return to the England camp, but he is keen to play a crucial role in their quest to win the World Cup for the first time since 1996. Only the safety of his children prompted him to leave the rest of the group to return home.
After England’s triumph against Senegal, Southgate said of Sterling, ‘His top priority is to be with his family.’
We will support this and allow him all the time he requires.
He is returning home. I do not wish to exert pressure on him. Occasionally, family should take precedence over football.
On Sunday, the majority of the players’ wives and girlfriends were there at the Al Bayt Stadium for England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal. Harry Kane and his wife Katie Goodland
Marcus Rashford’s family was also in attendance for the last 16 victory.
Sterling has three children: Melody Rose, his oldest daughter, as well as Thiago and Thai, his two boys.
Harry Kane, captain of England, stated, “Our thoughts are with him and his family.” Although it is a private affair, it is never pleasant to witness a teammate or friend dealing with such a situation.
“We must take things day by day. I am confident that Raheem will consult with the management and make the right choice for himself and his family. That is the most significant factor. We extend him our best wishes and look forward to seeing him as quickly as possible.’
Jordan Henderson wore his teammate’s No. 10 shorts as the players saw their families in the stands following the match.
He continued, “It’s a blow, but I hope Raheem’s family at home is doing well.” I hope he returns and is able to rectify the situation.
I’m unsure if he will be able to return; I assume he will have to assess the situation when he arrives, but he has our thoughts and support.
Gary Lineker, among other former players, tweeted: ‘Thoughts are with @sterling7 and his family following their terrible and heartbreaking ordeal.’
Stan Collymore also stated, “Best regards to Raheem Sterling and his family.” Truly horrible, terrifying, and cruel.
It is unknown if he will play for England again in Qatar before their quarterfinal match against France on Saturday night.
Sterling (seen on the right) with his three children and girlfriend Paige Milian (center).
In 2018, Sterling attended a basketball game at the O2 Arena in London with his partner Paige Milian.
It is the latest in a line of burglaries targeting prominent athletes. Earlier this year, a court heard how former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole admitted, “I am going to die” as masked intruders broke into his home and bound his hands while he cradled his newborn daughter.
The great defender confessed that four intruders entered into his Surrey house while he was watching Netflix in January 2020.
The disguised group was preparing to torture the former footballer by severing his fingers with electrician’s pliers when cops came unexpectedly and they escaped.
They had prepared him for the torture by pulling him downstairs and convincing him that acid would be thrown on his face or he would be burned alive.
The teenage sensation Tahith Chong was robbed at knifepoint in his house, making him the fourth player to be targeted in recent months, prompting Manchester United to announce a security review this year.
In January, when Chong was recuperating from a groin injury at his house in Sale, Greater Manchester, three masked men reportedly stormed in and “held knives to his throat.”
The football player was asleep at 3 a.m. on January 16 when the burglars stormed in and stole watches and jewelry.
During the harrowing attack, they criticized his lack of security, according to reports.
After Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof, and Jesse Lingard, Chong was the fourth Manchester United player whose home was burglarized in recent months.
Joao Cancelo, a star for Manchester City, was also a victim of a robbery, with the defender tweeting images of his damaged face after being struck during the house invasion.
Ben White, a defender for England, has left the World Cup due to “personal issues.”
Sterling started England’s initial games against Iran and the United States, scoring in the first and playing a total of 139 minutes over the two matches. England have been in Qatar for over three weeks, and Sterling scored in the first of England’s opening games.
He was left on the bench when Southgate made substitutions for the final group match against Wales.
Due to a personal situation, England stated on Wednesday that defender Ben White has left the camp and returned home.
The FA stated that the Arsenal defender, who had not yet played for Gareth Southgate’s squad in Qatar, has departed the Al Wakrah training camp.
According to their statement, White was not anticipated to return to Qatar.
Ben White has left England’s training facility in Al Wakrah and returned to the United Kingdom for personal reasons, according to a statement.
The Arsenal defender is expected to miss the remainder of the tournament.
“At this time, we ask that the player’s privacy be maintained.”
Wednesday night, his club Arsenal tweeted, “We’re all with you, Ben.”
After defeating Poland 3-1 earlier in the day, England faced Senegal on Sunday in the round of 16 with the knowledge that a victory would set up a quarterfinal matchup with France on Saturday.
Southgate made one substitution from the blowout of Wales, substituting Saka for two-goal scorer Rashford.
The three goals scored by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, and Saka secured England’s triumph after a difficult start.