After learning that the home of England star Raheem Sterling had been raided by armed robbers, Sterling’s Chelsea teammate Kalidou Koulibaly has sent a message of support.
Shocked after armed intruders stormed into Raheem Sterling’s mansion while his partner and little children were inside, the Three Lions players have increased security at their residences.
The raid on the Chelsea forward’s gated mansion in picturesque Cobham, Surrey, on Saturday night left him “shaken,” and he hurried home from Qatar to see how his family was doing.
Following the incident, Sterling flew home from Qatar to be with his family, as confirmed by England manager Gareth Southgate.
The forward’s home, which is close to Chelsea’s training facility in Cobham, reportedly had watches worth £300,000 stolen from it while his fiancee and kids were present.
Several players from the game, including his England teammate Jordan Henderson and BBC commentator and former England striker Gary Lineker, have written greetings to Sterling.
Koulibaly, who was a member of the Senegal team that lost to England on Sunday night, said he will phone the 27-year-old to see how he is doing.
“I had no idea at all. I’m genuinely shocked. After England defeated Senegal 3-0 to go to the World Cup quarterfinals, Koulibaly spoke to the media.
I wish his family well. I’ll call him now to find out what happened. But I do hope that he and his family will be okay.”
Sterling and Koulibaly both joined Chelsea over the summer, moving from Manchester City and Napoli, respectively, to Stamford Bridge.
Senegal advanced to the knockout rounds thanks to the 31-year-old center back’s winning goal against Ecuador, but he and his colleagues were helpless to stop England from winning 3-0 at Al Bayt Stadium.
“At the moment, it is apparent that his time with his family comes first, and we will support that.” England’s manager, Southgate, said regarding Sterling.
“We’re going to give him as much time as he requires.
Yes, he is returning home.
I truly don’t know because he currently needs time with his family to deal with the situation, and I don’t want to put any pressure on him. Family should always come first, even if football is the most important thing.”
Senegal’s World Cup dream is over thanks to England’s triumph since the African Cup of Nations champions were unable to recover after giving up two goals towards the conclusion of the first half.
Goals from Henderson and Harry Kane gave England a 2-0 lead at halftime and Bukayo Saka added a third goal just before the hour mark, the Lions of Taranga had given everything they had.
Sterling’s return to Qatar to participate in England’s quarterfinal match against France on December 10 has not yet been decided; Southgate said that he and his team must “wait and see.”