Raheem Sterling set for decision on World Cup return ahead of France clash

Raheem Sterling is set to decide whether he will return to Qatar ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final against France, the PA news agency understands. 

The 27-year-old forward did not feature in Sunday’s last-16 win against Senegal due to concern over his family’s wellbeing after a break-in at his home in Surrey. 

Sterling returned to the UK and is believed to be willing to travel back to Qatar as long as he is assured of his family’s safety, 

However, an update on Wednesday afternoon said “at this time” the arrests were not being linked to the break-in at Sterling’s house. 

“Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary last night (December 6) in the Oxshott area. They are currently in custody,” the new statement read. 

The Football Association announced on Sunday that Sterling was unavailable for the match against Senegal because he was dealing with a family matter. 

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