The Chelsea forward, and one of the Three Lions’ most experienced and trusted players, missed the round of 16 victory against Senegal after flying back to the UK after armed intruders broke into his home last Saturday night.
Sterling’s young family are all believed to be unharmed but on Monday the 27-year-old reportedly said he will not head back to the tournament until ‘I’m 100 per cent sure that my family can be kept safe’.
The clash with France is unquestionably England’s biggest game of the World Cup so far, with the reigning champions one of the tournament favourites.
This all comes after two arrests were made on Wednesday morning over an attempted burglary in the same area as Sterling’s home.
However Surrey Police have since confirmed that: ‘At this time these arrests are not being linked to an ongoing investigation into a burglary which received significant media coverage over the weekend.
‘That separate investigation remains ongoing and as of 12:00 on Wednesday, 7 December no arrests have been made in connection with that.
‘Officers are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances and the investigation remains on going.’