‘He is an important player for us’ – England boss confirms Chelsea star will feature against France

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England boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed returning Chelsea star Raheem Sterling ‘will be involved’ against France on Saturday.

England take on France on Saturday for a place in the World Cup semi-finals, with the likes of Croatia and Argentina already in the semi-finals.

Sterling missed England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal after flying back to England last weekend following a burglary at his house.

Sterling, contented that his family were safe, jetted back to Qatar on Thursday and took part in Friday’s training session ahead of tomorrow’s quarter-final showdown.

Asked if Sterling would feature against France, Southgate said: “I have spoken briefly with Raheem at training.

“It is great he is back with us. He wanted to train today which normally we wouldn’t do after being on a long flight but it was a lighter session so there was no risk.

“He will be involved tomorrow but what that looks like, we have to decide…it is hard to tell what his level is so we will have to assess that.

“We are pleased he is back because he is an important player for us.”