Raheem Sterling, a winger for Chelsea, is a huge fan of Gareth Southgate, but he won’t be available when England plays Senegal in the World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday night.
Raheem Sterling is unable to represent England at the World Cup due to a family matter.
Due to a family problem, Raheem Sterling will not be eligible for selection by England for Sunday’s World Cup quarterfinal match against Senegal, according to the FA.
The Chelsea winger is a favorite of Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate, but he will not play in the round of 16 at the Al Bayt Stadium.
In the opening victory over Iran and the scoreless draw with the United States, Sterling started two of England’s qualification games for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Marcus Rashford, who started the match and contributed with two goals, took the 27-year-spot old’s in the starting lineup during the Three Lions’ victory over Wales.
Rashford isn’t in Southgate’s starting lineup for England’s match against Senegal; instead, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden will line up on the wing.
Saka scored twice as England defeated Iran 6-2, but he went scoreless against the United States and was then benched for England’s victory over Wales.
Although Rashford scored a brace in England’s 3-0 victory over Wales after starting just one game in the group, Southgate decided to bench him for the match against Senegal.
Despite the obvious disadvantage of not having Sterling in the squad, Southgate is confident his England team can defeat Senegal this Sunday.
“We have looked at how we can get better after winning two of the three shootouts. Of course, there are a ton of other things we need to get right as well.
We want to finish the game in 90 minutes without needing penalties or additional time. But if we need to go further, we must be mentally and physically prepared. I think we are.