Police investigating a break-in at England star Raheem Sterling‘s home have confirmed that jewelry and watches were stolen.
Intruders broke into his home in Oxshott, Surrey, and forced him to leave the England World Cup squad in Qatar.
According to Sterling’s spokesperson, the burglary was committed by armed intruders while his family was present.
However, Surrey Police later stated that no one was at home at the time and that no threats of violence were made.
“We are aware of media reports stating that there were armed suspects involved, but at this time, we would like to reassure our communities that no witnesses to this effect have come forward,” a police spokesperson said.
The footballer was “shaken” by the news, according to Sterling’s spokesperson, and “as soon as he was alerted, he wanted to get home, concerned for the well-being of his children.”
In a statement issued on Monday, police said: “We are currently looking into a burglary at an address in Oxshott, Leatherhead.
“After returning home from an international trip on Saturday, 3 December, the occupants returned to the address.
“They called police shortly before 9 p.m. to report that several pieces of jewelry, including watches, had been stolen. Officers went to the address later that night and returned this morning to speak with the residents.
“At the moment, it is unclear when the property was stolen, and determining this is an important part of the investigation.
‘I’m thinking of him.’
Sterling left the squad following Sunday’s 3-0 last-16 win over Senegal, according to manager Gareth Southgate.
“Football isn’t always the most important thing, and family should come first,” Southgate said.
During a press conference in Al Khor, England captain Harry Kane gave Sterling his best shot.
“Our hearts go out to him and his family,” he said.
“It’s a private matter with him, but seeing one of your teammates and friends go through something like that is never easy.”
“We’ll take each day as it comes and make the best decision for him and his family.” We send him our best wishes as a team and hope to see him as soon as possible.”
Sterling, 27, of Chelsea, started and scored in England’s 6-2 win over Iran in their first group game before returning for the 0-0 draw with the United States.
Sterling is the second player to leave the England squad, following Arsenal defender Ben White, who returned to the UK for personal reasons on November 30.
Three burglars were jailed two years ago for targeting a number of homes in the north west of England, including an attempted break-in at Sterling’s then-home in Cheshire in November 2018.
The Football Association provided extensive security advice to players before they left for Qatar, and an experienced security team is on hand to advise and support them.
England’s next World Cup match is against France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.