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England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring a goal against Iran on November 21. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

England soccer star Raheem Sterling is returning home from the World Cup in Qatar after intruders broke into his family home.

Surrey Police said it is investigating a report of a burglary at an address in Oxshott, Leatherhead, after the occupants returned home from an international trip, and contacted police just before 9 p.m. on Saturday to report that a number of items of jewelry, including watches, had been stolen.

“Officers attended the address later that night and returned to speak to the occupants this morning,” said a police statement. “At this time it remains unclear on which date the property was stolen and establishing this forms a key part of our investigation.”

“Enquiries into the full circumstances remain ongoing and officers will look at all available evidence including any CCTV opportunities,” it added.

Sterling is said to be “shaken” and “concerned” about the well-being of his children after the break-in, an individual with knowledge of the matter said, adding that the Chelsea forward is “focusing on being at home and supporting his family.”

On Sunday, Sterling was absent from England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal with England manager Gareth Southgate later saying the 27-year-old was dealing with a “family matter.”

“I spent a lot of time with Raheem this morning,” Southgate told reporters on Sunday. “Of course, it’s not ideal for the group ahead of a big game but it pales into insignificance — the individual is more important than the group in those moments.”

CNN has contacted England’s Football Association for comment.

Sterling played in England’s first two games in the group stages of the World Cup and scored in the team’s 6-2 victory against Iran.


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