Detectives were on Monday appealing for information after a raid at England star Raheem Sterlingâs Surrey home with burglars plundering watches and Jewellery.
The father of three pulled out of Englandâs last 16 game against Senegal, on Sunday night, after hearing about the raid and having concerns for the safety of his family.
Surrey Police said the raiders struck when there was no-one home and that the theft of luxury items was discovered when someone returned home.
They said in a statment: âWe are currently investigating a report of a burglary in Oxshott, Leatherhead.
âPolice were contacted just before 9pm on Saturday December 3 after the occpuants of the property came home and discovered a number of items missing, including jewellery and watches, had been stolen.
âNo threat of violence was was involved as the items were discovered stolen retrospectively. Enquiries into the circumstaces are ongoing.â
Meanwhile friends of the England forward said he was âhorrified but determined to bounce backâ,
The Chelsea winger, 27, flew home from the Qatar World Cup before the Three Lionsâ 3-0 victory over Senegal.
His terrified fiancÃ©e Paige Milian, 27, raised the alarm when the gang took watches worth Â£300,000, according to The Sun.
Now Sterlingâs team-mates are said to be beefing up security at their homes.
Paul Lawrence, 62, who coached Sterling at Copland Community School in Wembley and helped put him on the road to stardom, told the Standard: âFor Raheem to leave the World Cup because of this, he will have a horrible feeling in his stomach.
âNo person who claims to be a football fan could have done this. Raheemâs on the international stage trying to do the best for his country, lift everyoneâs spirits and give us hopes and dreams. This is probably one of the best chances England has of winning, so itâs terrible.
âI understand why Raheem rushed back to be with his fiancÃ©e and children. Heâs a family man. Letâs hope that everybodyâs okay.
âIâm hoping he can get back to Qatar as soon as possible. We still speak and I know he will be horrified but determined to bounce back.â
Support for Sterling flooded in on social media including from Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.
He tweeted: âThoughts are with (Raheem Sterling) and his family after their awful and harrowing ordeal.â
Sterling may return to the World Cup for Saturdayâs quarter-final against France.
It is not known if property developer Ms Milian confronted the raiders or whether they fled when they realised someone was in.
The gang may have thought she and the coupleâs sons, five and three, were still in Qatar.
Before Englandâs games with Iran and Wales she posted Instagram pictures of the family in Doha and was tagged in images with cocktails.
Sterling was also targeted by burglars in Cheshire when he played for Manchester City.
But the thieves were scared away in 2018 when the alarm system activated and left empty-handed. Police tackling serious organised crime have warned of a rise in raids on stars due to gangs scouring social media feeds.
In a press conference after the game, England manager Gareth Southgate told reporters: âRaheem, as the FA statement says, is having to deal with a family situation, so heâs going back to England.
âWeâve got to give him time to try to resolve that or be there for his family. Thatâs the most important thing at this time, so weâre going to give him that space.
âI spent a lot of time with Raheem this morning, but you know you have days where events happen and you have to deal with them.
âHeâs on his way home and, yeah, weâre obviously mindful of him being allowed space and (having) privacy respected, so we donât want to talk in too much detail.â
England captain Harry Kane sent his best to Sterling at the man of the match press conference in Al Khorâs Al Bayt Stadium.
âOur thoughts are with him and his family,â he said.
âIt is a private matter with him, but itâs never easy to see one or your teammates and friends have to deal with something like that.
âWe will take it day by day and take the best decision for him and his family.
âFrom us as a team we send him our best and hope to see him as soon as possible.â
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