FORMER England international Ian Wright is flying home from Brazil after his wife and children were burgled at knifepoint.
Four men armed with knives made their way into his north-west London home and held his wife and children before making off with personal possessions.
The 50-year-old pundit, who has been working for ITV at the World Cup, last night tweeted: “You won’t get away with it.”
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are investigating an aggravated burglary at an address in north-west London after we were called at 9.20pm last night.
“Personal possessions were stolen. The suspects are described as four black men aged between 18 and 25, with London accents, wearing dark clothing and hoodies obscuring their faces.”
The former Arsenal striker dashed back from the World Cup after learning the gang had held a blade to his wife Nancy’s throat, The Sun reported.
Wright’s manager Steve Kutner told the newspaper: “It was a terrifying ordeal. They marched Ian’s wife from room to room.
“I would like to thank ITV for helping Ian to get home as quickly as possible.”
Nancy, 39, is thought to have been put in a bedroom while the couple’s two girls were taken to another room.
The robbery at Wright’s property was the latest in a string of raids on the homes of famous footballers in recent years.
Watford midfielder Alexander Merkel was robbed on the doorstep of his home in Hampstead, west London, by a gang who tried to batter down his front door with mopeds last month.
Wigan Athletic player James McArthur had his FA Cup winner’s medal stolen in a burglary at his home along with two wedding rings.
Swansea City head coach and former player Garry Monk was burgled in November last year while he underwent knee surgery.
A number of Merseyside footballers have also been targeted, including Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka, who was robbed at knifepoint at his Cheshire home in 2009.
The homes of England captain Steven Gerrard and then-Liverpool players Peter Crouch and Dirk Kuyt were also raided.
In 2005, former Bolton defender Mark Fish was tied up and robbed after his home appeared on TV show Footballers’ Cribs. He was the second victim of raiders following an appearance on the MTV show after former England goalkeeper Ian Walker was also targeted.
Wright’s neighbours expressed their shock at the robbery and described him as a “lovely family man”.
Next-door neighbour Marianne Collinge, 70, said: “I suppose they could be a bit of a target because they do have beautiful cars.
“But they are very unpretentious people. They are one of us and I’m terribly sorry for them, it’s awful.”
Chris Martin, a neighbour in his 50s, said: “We were watching the Spain game when the police arrived last night and that’s all we know about it.
“Ian is a neighbour and a decent family man. He’s been living here several years and everyone around here respects his privacy.”
A spokeswoman for Wright said today that he was “really upset and angry”, and jetting back home to be with his family.
She said: “Ian is currently on a flight home from Brazil now and he lands at lunchtime. He is going straight home to see his family.
“We are very grateful to ITV for being so supportive and getting him back so quickly.
“Nancy is really shaken up. Their kids are so young that hopefully they aren’t going to read into it too much. They are all physically OK - Nancy and the kids.
“Ian is just really upset and angry and just wants to come back and be with his family at this time.”
Asked if they had received any update on whether police have tracked down the raiders, she said: “Nancy may have, but we haven’t heard anything further from the police at this time.”
She said Wright hoped other footballers and pundits over in Brazil covering the tournament would not also become a target for robbers.
She said: “Hopefully, with enough media coverage, this won’t happen to any other players or people who are over in the World Cup. Ian is trying to get the message out.”
An ITV spokesman said: “Ian travelled home immediately to be with his family on hearing the shocking news. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them.”