A Premier League star was reportedly attacked in his home and tied up along with his partner by balaclava-clad thugs who were carrying machetes.
The group of miscreants broke into the footballer's house believing he had travelled abroad to represent his country during the international break. But the player had been released from the squad and was at home, cheering his side on when the thugs broke into his house.
According to the Mirror, who quote the Sun, the footballer was watching TV while his partner took a bath when four men smashed a glass door to gain entry into the house. The report adds that the pair were tied up while their home was ransacked of watches, jewellery, and electrical items.
A source added: “It’s everyone’s worst nightmare. He was pretty brave and did his best, but he was outnumbered and they were pretty aggressive.
“The player lives a pretty low-profile life off the pitch, so he was shocked to be targeted. He doesn’t flash his wealth and enjoys being as normal as possible."
Police said: “Entry was forced to the property and jewellery, along with other household items, were stolen. Inquiries are ongoing.”
A number of other top-flight footballers have been attacked in the same way. Back in March, Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen and his family were confronted by a gang at their home in Cheshire. Last May, Tottenham and England star Dele Alli was attacked by two knifemen at his £2m home.