Sterling returns to England camp ahead of France showdown


By Kuranga Habeeb

England forward Raheem Sterling has returned to training after he left Qatar to be with his family after a robbery attack in his home in Surrey, London.

This is timely ahead of their crunch match against France in the quarterfinal of the ongoing FIFA world cup in Qatar. The player who missed his side’s win over Senegal is back in contention against France on Saturday.

Yesterday, the FA, in a statement, said: “Raheem Sterling will return to England’s world cup base in Qatar.

“The 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 quarterfinal with France.”

He returned earlier today and joined his teammates in training sessions which were overseen by the gaffer, Gareth Southgate, who was quoted saying: “He (Sterling) has missed a lot of training and had two long flights. That is not good preparation.”

England will be hoping to reach back-to-back World cup semifinals after the 2018 world cup in Russia. But this will come after they are victorious in a stern clash against France, who are among the tournament favourites. The clash is billed to kick off tomorrow, Saturday 10, December at 8 pm Nigerian time.


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