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

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

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

Wright tweeted on Wednesday night: "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."

She added: "Ian is currently on a flight home from Brazil now and he lands at lunchtime. He is going straight home to see his family.

"Ian is just really upset and angry and just wants to come back and be with his family at this time."