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Raheem Sterling to return to Qatar ahead of France clash

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The FA have confirmed that Chelsea forward Raheem Sterling will rejoin England’s squad before the quarter-final match with France.

As a result of Sterling’s departure from Qatar on Sunday following a robbery at his Surrey mansion, he was unable to attend England’s last-16 match against Senegal.

A spokesperson for Sterling said he left the England camp to ‘prioritise the well-being of his three young children.

His participation in the rest of the World Cup was therefore in doubt but he is now set to return to Qatar on Friday, around 24 hours before Gareth Southgate’s side face France in the quarter-finals.

‘Raheem Sterling will return to England’s World Cup base in Qatar,’ a statement read.

‘The Chelsea forward temporarily left to attend to a family matter but is now expected to rejoin the squad in Al Wakrah on Friday (9 December) ahead of the quarter-final with France.’

In England’s opening World Cup win over Iran and a subsequent goalless draw with the USA, Sterling started and scored.

The winger, who moved to Stamford Bridge for £50m last summer, was rested for the 3-0 win over Wales but was scheduled to start against Senegal before his sudden return to London.

Sterling’s replacement against Wales – Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford – scored twice to send Rob Page’s side home, while Arsenal star Bukayo Saka impressed against Senegal.

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