England forward Raheem Sterling is missing this Round of 16 clash against Senegal due to a “family matter,” the national team announced.
“He’s dealing with a family matter. I’ve had quite a bit of time with him this morning but have now had to pass it on to other people to help him with that,” said England manager Gareth Southgate before the match.
“He’s going to go and deal with that matter and then we’ll have to take it from there really.”
After having his house broken into, Raheem Sterling is unable to participate in England’s victory. On Saturday, armed intruders broke into Raheem Sterling’s home while his partner and young children were present.
With the support of Southgate, the FA, and all of his teammates, Raheem is fiercely dedicated to England yet wanted to return home. He will choose whether or not it is ready to return. Sometimes family is worth more than anything