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World Cup: Raheem Sterling returns to England training for the first time since burglary drama

Raheem Sterling returns to England training for the first time since flying home to deal with burglary drama, as Gareth Southgate boasts a fully-fit squad on the eve of France quarter-final

Raheem Sterling has returned to England training for the first time since he returned home after his family home was burgled as Gareth Southgate boasted a fully fit squad ahead of Saturday’s World Cup quarter final. 

Sterling, 28, returned to the UK on Sunday night after it emerged his house in Surrey had been burgled triggering security concerns for his family.

The Chelsea star has flown back to the England camp and was spotted in training for the first time since the incident.

Raheem Sterling has returned to England training for the first time since his home was burgled

The Three Lions star takes a training bib as he is put through his paces by Steve Holland

The Three Lions star takes a training bib as he is put through his paces by Steve Holland

Sterling receives a hug from England teammate Conor Coady as he's welcomed back in Qatar

Sterling receives a hug from England teammate Conor Coady as he’s welcomed back in Qatar

Sterling has a chat with Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier as they prepared for France

Sterling has a chat with Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier as they prepared for France

The 28-year-old receives an arm around the shoulder from ex-Man City teammate John Stones

The 28-year-old receives an arm around the shoulder from ex-Man City teammate John Stones

England man warms up with a game of rondo alongside Coady, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker

England man warms up with a game of rondo alongside Coady, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker

Sterling took part in a group drill alongside captain Harry Kane, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Bukayo Saka as England assistant coach Steve Holland issued his instructions. 

The 28-year-old also received a hug from former Wolves captain Conor Coady with his Three Lions teammates eager to welcome him back to camp with open arms. 

He is likely to be on the bench, given the recent turmoil, against France in Saturday’s quarter-final. 

On Thursday, Southgate expressed his backing for Sterling, saying: ‘He has felt the need to support his family and to be there for his family and that is a simple decision for me – I have to support the player.

‘I remember Fabian Delph going home, his wife was expecting in Russia we did the same thing.

Sterling has a chat with Kalvin Phillips as the England stars line up for a drill on Friday

Sterling has a chat with Kalvin Phillips as the England stars line up for a drill on Friday

England assistant coach Lee Carsley talks with Sterling as he is put through his paces

England assistant coach Lee Carsley talks with Sterling as he is put through his paces

Sterling stands alongside Chelsea teammate Mason Mount as England prepare for France

 Sterling stands alongside Chelsea teammate Mason Mount as England prepare for France

‘There are moments for every individual where family becomes most important. I’m always supportive of that.

‘Of course I want the best players available and want to win football matches but as a manager you have to recognise there are certain moments in people’s lives that are more important at that particular time.’

On Sterling’s availability for the game against France, Southgate added: ‘We will have to assess that. He has missed a lot of training and had two long flights.

‘That is not good preparation for a game of this standard but let’s see how he is.’

Shortly after it emerged that Sterling was to leave on Sunday evening Sterling’s spokesperson said armed raiders had entered his property while his family were at home and that he was, understandably, keen to get back. 

However, police later said that the theft, of jewellery and watches, had been discovered when the family returned from Qatar and added that they had received no reports of armed intruders.

The 28-year-old returned to the UK on Sunday after his family home was burgled in Surrey

The 28-year-old returned to the UK on Sunday after his family home was burgled in Surrey 

Gareth Southgate supported Sterling's decision to head home during the tournament

Gareth Southgate supported Sterling’s decision to head home during the tournament

Surrey Police said on Wednesday morning that they had arrested two men on suspicion of burglary following reports of suspicious activity in Oxshott and were working to establish whether those held were connected to the break-in at Sterling’s home, which is nearby. 

The men were spotted acting suspiciously in a garden on Tuesday night with a helicopter and dog unit deployed.

A short time later, the force issued a further statement saying that they did not believe there to be a connection. 

They are continuing to investigate the report of burglary at Sterling’s home and are yet to make any arrests. 

A spokesperson added: ‘Officers are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances and the investigation remains on going.’

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