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Ian Wright's family home burgled

FILE - This May 17, 2014 file photo shows former England striker Ian Wright in London. The 50-year-old former Arsenal player is flying home from Brazil, where he was at the World Cup working as a football pundit for British broadcaster ITV, after his London home was burgled, with his wife and two children reportedly being held at knife point on Wednesday June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Peter Byrne) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE -
FILE - This May 17, 2014 file photo shows former England striker Ian Wright in London. The 50-year-old former Arsenal player is flying home from Brazil, where he was at the World Cup working as a football pundit for British broadcaster ITV, after his London home was burgled, with his wife and two children reportedly being held at knife point on Wednesday June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Peter Byrne) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
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By The Associated Press

LONDON - Former England striker Ian Wright has flown home from the World Cup in Brazil after his London house was burgled, with his wife and two children reportedly held at knife point.

The 50-year-old ex-Arsenal player was working for British broadcaster ITV in Brazil when the incident happened on Wednesday night.

Police said in a statement that they are investigating "an aggravated burglary at an address in northwest London" and that "personal possessions were stolen".

Apparently reacting to the news, Wright tweeted: "You won't get away with it!"

In a story published on ITV's website, a spokeswoman for Wright said his wife Nancy was "really shaken up" but that she and her children were "physically OK."

Police confirmed no one was injured during the burglary and asked potential witnesses to come forward with information in order to tracing four suspects.

"After knocking on the front door four men, believed to be armed with knives, forced their way inside the house," police said. "They stole a number of items, including personal property and jewelry."

ITV said that Wright will be replaced by Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on Thursday night's broadcast.

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