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Gareth Southgate backs Raheem sterling’s decision to fly home World Cup after home burglary

After an attack at his Surrey home, Raheem Sterling was flown home by the attacker to comfort his family.

Sterling returned to the UK Sunday night after his home was burgled, triggering security concerns for his loved ones.

The Chelsea star has flown back to the England camp and is likely to be on the bench, given the recent turmoil, against France in Saturday’s quarter-final.

England manager Gareth Southgate has backed Raheem sterling

Thieves Broke Into The England Star'S £6Million Gated Mansion In Surrey On Saturday Night

Thieves broke into the England star’s £6million gated mansion in Surrey on Saturday night

And Southgate has 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.

‘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 He missed a lot of training, and had to take two long flights.

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

Meanwhile, Southgate has warned his players that Kylian Mbappe is not the only threat in the France team ahead of Saturday’s huge clash.

He Is Now Back At England'S World Cup Base Ahead Of Their Showdown With France On Saturday

He England’s now back at it World Cup base ahead of Saturday’s showdown against France

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Much of the excitement has been focused on England’s plans to stop Mbappe who is widely considered the best player worldwide.

But, when asked how England plan to shackle Mbappe, Southgate told ITV Sport: ‘Well similar to the fact there will be a particular plan for [Olivier] Giroud and for [Antoine] Griezmann and for [Ousmane] Dembele.

They’ve got a lot of very good players. We will always prepare any team against which we play for certain players. This includes the details of marking them and dealing to them.

‘We’ve got to stick on the path we’ve been heading. We’ve done a lot of things very well. We have to do more to win against France. The foundation of our game is solid with and not the ball. We need to ensure that every detail is perfect.

‘We are never gonna get perfection but we have to get as close to that as we can.’

Southgate has called for his team’s attack on France at the Al Bayt, despite the outstanding forward threat that the reigning world champions pose.

‘There is no point going into a game like this and just covering up and sitting on the ropes.

‘We believe we can cause problems with the ball and we intend to do that.

Southgate Has Urged His Team To Attack France In Their Last Eight-Tie At The Al Bayt Stadium

Southgate has urged his players to attack France in their last 8-tie at Al Bayt stadium

‘We’ve beaten some big teams. We know we have the experience of high pressure nights behind us and as a team we’ve been resilient through a lot of situations but they all prepare you for nights like this.

‘We got to the first final for 55 years (at Euro 2020), this is a quarter-final. We’ve been to the semi-finals of the Euro 2020 and won a semifinal. World Cup before but it is a big win against a high quality opponent.

‘Everything that has happened in the past is history, it all comes down to Saturday night.

‘What they have been through and what they’ve learnt and the way we have gone about things in this tournament, they’ve understood what we have been trying to do they’ve kept calm and shown belief in what they’ve been asked to do and shown a great mentality about the way they’ve played.

‘These nights are always nights that bring millions of people together. They will be able to recall where they were and we want them to have another night to be proud.

Southgate has kept his future uncertain since the announcement. World Cup, amid growing concern from within the FA about Cup’s departure from the job, regardless of how England finishes the final. World Cup.

Sportsmail According to reports, the FA wants Southgate to complete his contract. It expires after Euro 20,24, regardless how England does here in Qatar.

There is a growing belief within football that Southgate may leave the job after the World Cup. World Cup, but the FA want to avoid that outcome.

Southgate did not give any assurances about his future when asked about Qatar.

‘I’ve got two years left on my contract, well 18 months, and I’m thinking about France on Saturday nothing else.

‘Well what has been brilliant is when very few other people wanted me to stay the FA have always been very supportive so as a manager you value that support.’

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