With so many speculations as to why Chelsea forward Raheem Sterling missed England’s World Cup 2022 fixture against Senegal, the reason for his absence has been confirmed by news outlets.

Raheem had been forced to return home due to a pending family matter BBC and Sky Sports News confirmed was an armed robbery incident. It was revealed that the armed robbery incident took place with his family in the house.

BBC revealed:

It is understood the incident happened on Saturday night. Sterling has three young children. According to a spokesperson for the player, Sterling was “shaken” by the news and “as soon as he was alerted he wanted to get home, concerned for the well-being of his children.”

Sky Sport also added:

It is understood Sterling wanted to get home as soon as he was alerted to the break-in, having been very shaken and concerned for the wellbeing of his children.

The possibility of Sterling returning to Qatar under the right circumstances is still something Southgate confirmed in his post-match conference. He revealed:

We have got to wait and see, At the moment clearly the priority is for him to be with his family and we are going to support that and we are going to need him to have as much time as he needs. He is going home.

I really don’t know, because at the moment it is a situation that he needs time with his family to deal with and I don’t want to put him under any pressure with that. Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing and family should come first.

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