Raheem Sterling’s home was raided by armed invaders on Saturday, while his partner and young children were in the house.
Raheem’s hugely committed to England but wanted to get home, supported by Southgate, the FA, and all his teammates.
Manager Gareth Southgate confirmed the news after England’s Sunday defeat against Senegal.
“Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing and family should come first,” said Southgate.
It is understood the incident happened on Saturday night. Sterling has three young children.
“We want to give him that space and we will see over the next few days how that develops,” Southgate added.
Speaking after the Senegal match Sterling’s team-mate Declan Rice said: “I saw him at breakfast this morning then the manager said he had difficulties at home so we’ve all sent him a message.”
England’s next match at the World Cup is against France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Sterling is the second player to leave the England squad after Arsenal defender Ben White, who returned to the UK on 30 November for personal reasons.