Raheem Sterling’s family ‘inside home’ when armed thugs broke in and ‘stole £300k watches’

The young family of footballer Raheem Sterling were reportedly inside his home when armed thugs broke in and stole £300,000 of watches.

Raheem's fiancée Paige Milian was at home in Surrey with their children when the burglars broke in on Saturday night, leaving her to raise the alarm, according to The Sun.

Upon hearing the news, Raheem, 27, who is dad to Melody Rose with ex Melissa Clarke, and sons Thiago and Thai-Cruz with Paige, raced back home from Qatar, where he is currently taking part in the World Cup.

He left before last night's game against Senegal – which England won 3-0 – although it's thought that he could return to Qatar for Saturday's quarter-final against France.

Speaking about Raheem's exit from the squad, boss Gareth Southgate said: “He is dealing with a family matter. I had quite a bit of time with him this morning but I have had to pass that on to other people to help him with that.

“He will go and deal with that matter and we will have to take it from there.”

After England's victory yesterday, Gareth spoke again about Raheem as he said: "The priority for him is to be with his family.

"We're going to support that and leave him to have as much time as he needs.

"He's going home. I don't want to put him under pressure. Sometimes football isn't the most important thing, family should come first."

Raheem's Surrey home, that got burgled, is just 15 minutes from the training ground of Raheem's football club, Chelsea.

It's unclear if Raheem's fiancée Paige confronted the robbers, however, police were still seen patrolling the home on Sunday morning.

The burglars could have thought Paige and her children were still in Qatar, after she had posted plenty of snaps to social media.

A family source said told the publication: “This was terrifying for her and obviously traumatic for all the family. Raheem will have been beside himself with worry when he heard."

“It looks like about £300,000 of watches have been taken," they added.

The boss of a national intelligence unit has warned of the role social media plays in influencing burglaries, as people flaunt their lavish homes and property online.

Supt Carl Williams, of Operation Opal, said: “In today’s world where many wealthy individuals are active on social media their significant public profile can help make them targets.

“Their high-value possessions are often on display as well as information about their plans.”

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