RAHEEM Sterling was said to be the fourth Chelsea player hit by the same gang after his mansion was robbed for £300,000 worth of watches and jewellery.
The distraught Three Lions star rushed back to comfort his family – and has vowed to return to England’s World Cup campaign only when his family are “safe”.
England ace Raheem Sterling – pictured here with fiancée Paige – has vowed he will only return to England’s World Cup campaign when his family are ‘safe’
The horrific raid took place on Saturday night – less than 24 hours before England’s clash against Senegal
A private security patrol is seen outside Sterling’s estate in Cobham, Surrey
Police understand his fiancée Paige Milian, 27, discovered the raid on Saturday night, less than 24 hours before England’s clash with Senegal on Sunday.
Raheem, also 27, met with detectives from Surrey Police on Monday who are investigating the crime.
It comes after one of the other Chelsea victims, defender Reece James, 22, was raided by a gang who targeted his home in Cobham, Surrey, in September 2021.
They stole his safe containing his Champions League, Super Cup and Euro 2020 medals.
Two other teammates have also suffered similar crimes in recent months, with cops now looking into potential links.
It is feared a highly organised criminal gang has the club’s wealthy players in its sights.
Raheem and his family moved into his property in Oxshott, Surrey, after Chelsea paid Man City £47.5million for the winger this summer.
It is understood Paige returned to the UK from Qatar with his three young children after cheering on Raheem in the group stages.
She had a work commitment related to her property firm.
Raheem pulled out of Gareth Southgate’s squad and dashed home after learning of the terror.
He is hoping to return to Qatar for Saturday’s quarter-final against France — but only if he thinks his home is secured and his family are not at risk.
A source said: “Raheem has told everyone, ‘There is no way I’m going anywhere unless I’m 100 per cent sure that my family can be kept safe’.
“He is security conscious and part of the reason they moved into the property was that it is on a very exclusive estate, with regular security patrols.
“Despite this, he has still managed to be targeted, which is very upsetting for Raheem and Paige. They have just moved back to London and want to feel safe.”
England ace Harry Maguire today blasted the thugs who targeted Raheem.
Man United star Harry, 29, said: “It’s extremely disappointing to hear that when we are out here playing for our country and giving everything, there are people back home targeting us.
“The game could have gone different and we might have needed Raheem.”
And England skipper Harry Kane, also 29, was helping to calm his teammates worried by the raid.
A Three Lions source said: “Harry knows the players’ families are really shaken up by what has happened and that is a worry for the players themselves.
“He sees it as his job as skipper to keep the morale of the team up and to focus everyone on the France match.”
England manager Gareth Southgate said that he and the FA had discussed security arrangements with the squad prior to leaving for Qatar.
When asked if the FA had offered to increase security, he said: “We had offered that to players. I think there’s a little bit [for Raheem] in the midst of moving house that played a part in that.”
And other Wags have offered Paige their support.
Surrey Police said there were no reports of any threats of violence linked to the incident.
They also dismissed earlier suggestions that the burglars were armed.
However, Raheem plans to beef up security at his home once the police have finished their investigations.
A source said: “He has a firm on stand-by to go straight in to install 24/7 security with enhanced infrared night vision. He’s looking to get dozens of cameras installed.
“And he’s going to employ a security firm to patrol his house night and day, and will keep them in place until the World Cup is over.”
Last night, a security guard provided by Chelsea FC stood watch outside the house.
Police said no arrests had yet been made.