Wembley boys not allowed to remember the heroes.
FIFA will not allow England players to wear poppies on their shirts as it contravenes their rules regarding what can be put on shirts.
The Football Association will once again write to the world’s governing body asking for special dispensation to remember the heroes that gave so much for this country.
But on a contradictory note, FIFA will allow a minute’s silence to be held before the sell-out game.
The England players will wear poppies on their training kit at Wembley on Friday, and will stand for the traditional two minutes’ silence to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month in an act of remembrance.
The FA have made it plain they have no wish to get embroiled in a row over the matter, and realise FIFA have overall responsibility for that matter.
Chief executive Alex Horne has been in contact with FIFA chiefs asking them to reconsider.
“I believe we have sent another letter to FIFA from Alex Horne, making a fresh request for this to be reconsidered,” said Club England managing director Adrian Bevington.
“We will see where we get to with that.
“Everyone is aware of our feelings on the importance of wearing the poppy.
“We wrote to FIFA three weeks ago now, setting out our request.
“We were advised by them that for various technical reasons around what you can wear on the shirt, they were declining our request.
“They have granted us the minute’s silence before the game against Spain. We are wearing poppies at training on Friday and are also having a two minutes’ silence.
“In addition, we will also have the armed forces on the pitch at the start of the game on Saturday and 500 servicemen and women in the stands, which is our continued standard contribution to the armed services.”