Sterling To Rejoin England Camp Before Quarter-Final With France
England’s Raheem Sterling will return to their World Cup base in time for the quarter-final clash with France this weekend, the FA said, after the Chelsea forward returned home following a robbery at his residence.
Sterling was absent in the 3-0 win over Senegal in the last 16, leaving Qatar last weekend to return to his family.
“The Chelsea forward temporarily left to attend to a family matter but is now expected to rejoin the squad in Al Wakrah on Friday ahead of the quarter-final with France,” the FA said.
England will play France at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday, looking to dethrone the world champions and reach the semi-finals again after they fell at the last-four hurdle in Russia four years ago.
Sterling made two appearances in the group stages, grabbing a goal and assisting in the 6-2 win over Iran in England’s opener. But he will be competing for a spot in the start lineup with Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford who have both scored three goals in Qatar as well as Phil Foden