After the final whistle, Southgate shed more light on Sterling’s predicament, explaining: “We will have to wait and see. At the moment, clearly the priority is for him to be with his family and we’re going to support that. We’re going to allow him to have as much time as he needs.
“He’s going home, yeah. I really don’t know because at the moment it’s a situation that he needs time with his family to deal with and I don’t want to put him under any pressure. Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing and family should come first.”
ITV World Cup host Mark Pougatch also sent a message to Sterling live on air, saying: “We wish Raheem Sterling well in his personal circumstances this evening.”
Meanwhile, England captain Kane and former Three Lions hero Gary Lineker were among those to send their well wishes to Sterling, who supposedly didn’t take his decision to leave the squad lightly.