Sterling missed England’s 3-0 win over Senegal in the round of 16 after being ruled out of the squad due to a “family matter” shortly before kick-off, having started two of the three matches in the Three Lions in the World Cup so far.
It is understood that Sterling wanted to get home as soon as he was alerted to the robbery, as he was so shaken and concerned for the well-being of his children.
Manager Gareth Southgate confirmed that Sterling will return to the UK, but it is understood that the player could return to Qatar if the circumstances are right.
England will play France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Asked if Sterling could play a role in the tournament again, Southgate said: “I really don’t know, it’s a situation that needs time to manage, I don’t want to put pressure on him.”
“Sometimes football is not the most important thing and the family must come first.”
England’s potential path to the World Cup final
Quarterfinals – Saturday December 10
England vs France – Kick-off 7pm
Last 16 matches
sunday december 4
France 3-1 Poland
England 3-0 Senegal
tuesday december 6
Morocco (Group F Champions) vs Spain (Group E Runners-up) – Start 3:00 p.m.
Portugal (Winner of Group H) vs Switzerland (Runner-up of Group G) – Start 7:00 p.m.