Southgate confirms Sterling will be involved against France

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Gareth Southgate confirmed Raheem Sterling will be involved in England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with France, but the Three Lions will continue to assess the Chelsea forward’s fitness, Njenje Media News reports.

Sterling returned home to be with his family after an apparent burglary at their house and missed the 3-0 win over Senegal in the round of 16 last Sunday.

An investigation has been launched by Surrey Police after the raid was reported on Saturday.

Sterling is now back with the squad in Qatar, and featured in a light training session on Friday ahead of the mouthwatering clash with the reigning champions on Saturday.

Southgate is delighted to have the former Manchester City player back at his disposal, but said the Three Lions will wait before deciding the role he will play at Al Bayt Stadium.

“I’ve spoken briefly with him at training, [I] need to pick up with him again later,” Th England manager said. “It’s great he’s back with us.

“He wanted to train today. Normally, we wouldn’t do that having been on a long flight, but it was a lighter session.

“He’ll be involved tomorrow, but what that looks like? Hard to tell what his level is. We’ll just have to assess that, really pleased he’s back, and he’s an important player for us.”

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