England and Germany to wear poppy armbands at Wembley

8 November 2017, 09:52

England and Germany will wear black armbands bearing poppies for the friendly international at Wembley on Friday night.

The Football Association and German Football Association [DFB] have confirmed both teams will wear the poppies in remembrance of members of the armed forces, past and present.

In September, the International Football Association Board [IFAB] gave authority for the home nations to display poppies during their respective fixtures in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: "Remembering and commemorating the men and women who have served this country is ingrained in our nation.

"Many have made the ultimate sacrifice and we will be honouring them, both on and off-the-pitch, for our match against Germany. I would like to thank the DFB for also agreeing to wear the poppy for the match, in a show of solidarity and unity at this important time.

DFB President Reinhard Grindel said: "I positively welcome the decision to allow both the English and the German national teams to wear poppy armbands, because these are not about political propaganda in any way.

"They're about remembering the kind of values that were kicked to the ground in two World Wars but are cherished by football: respect, tolerance, and humanity."

A replica of 'The Truce' statue, which depicts the historic World War I ceasefire where peace and games of football broke out between English and German troops on Christmas Day in 1914, will be on temporary display beside the Bobby Moore statue at Wembley on the day of the game.