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World Cup: Raheem Sterling return boosts England

England have been boosted by the news that Raheem Sterling will return to the camp ahead of Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against France.

The Chelsea ace had returned home after a break-in at his home in Surrey, with his partner and three children in the house at the time of the burglary.

Understandably, Sterling wanted to return to London to make sure of his family's wellbeing, arriving back in the UK last Sunday.

The forward's representative said the player was 'shaken' after hearing of the armed robbery, where jewellery and watches were taken.

The 28-year-old though feels comfortable enough to return to Qatar in time to be part of the squad for the last-eight showdown on Saturday evening.

Sterling can play a part off the bench

What: England v France
Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
When: 19:00, Saturday 10th December
How to watch: ITV
Odds: England 2/1, Draw 9/4, France 7/5

Given England's performances against Wales and Senegal, it looks unlikely that Sterling will be in the starting XI against Didier Deschamps' men.

Having started the opener against Iran, the Chelsea star looks to have dropped behind Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford in the front-three pecking order, as partners for Harry Kane.

Sterling can still have a role to play though for the Three Lions, especially if Saturday's last-eight clash goes into extra-time.

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Gareth Southgate has a number of attacking options up his sleeve from the bench and Sterling will add an experienced choice who can have an impact in the latter stages.

Sterling, who has one goal to his name in the tournament, is 3/1 to Score Anytime as England seek to claim a semi-final place for the third major tournament in a row.

Raheem heading towards an international century

Many believe the impact of Sterling at international level is underestimated, especially when you consider how many times he has pulled on the England shirt.

The former Liverpool man made his senior international debut back in November 2012, when he started in an away friendly against Sweden.

Sterling's first taste of tournament action came in 2014, when being named in England's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

He then went on to be part of the squad for the 2016 and 2020 European Championships, while this year's tournament in Qatar is his third World Cup appearance.

Sterling, who can be backed at 15/2 to Score Last in Saturday's clash with France, is now closing in on joining an elite list of England footballers.

Just nine players have currently made a hundred appearances for the Three Lions and the ex-Manchester City forward could join that exclusive group in the next couple of years.

He has more caps than any other player in the current squad, with 81 in total, and featuring on Saturday would take him above Rio Ferdinand in the standings.

Sterling also has 20 international goals to his name and that puts him tied with World Cup winner Martin Peters and former Tottenham and Sunderland star Jermain Defoe.

A goal on Saturday evening would see him go level with two former England greats, Kevin Keegan and Steven Gerrard.

Harry Kane meanwhile, needs one more goal to draw level with Wayne Rooney at the top of the standings – with the skipper available at 5/1 to Score First against Les Bleus.

Kane's England record is phenomenal, when you consider the stats. Rooney bagged 53 goals in 120 appearances with the Spurs frontman currently on 52 from just 79 caps.

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