Wembley stars tweet sadness of violence.
Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have blasted rioters that have caused England’s friendly with Holland to be cancelled.
After a third night of unrest in London,Scotland Yard confirmed to the Football Association they are unable to cope with policing the Wembley Stadium match while trying to maintain order elsewhere.
Police struggled to keep pace with the chaos unfolding at flashpoints across London into early Tuesday.
Rioters were virtually unchallenged in several neighborhoods to set buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps alight, loot stores and pelt police officers with bottles and fireworks.
Three League Cup matches scheduled for Tuesday across London have already been called off due to police resources being stretched coping with the disorder.
So far Charlton v Reading, Crystal Palace v Crawley Town, West Ham v Aldershot, and Bristol City v Swindon have been cancelled.
Rooney has appealed for an end to the violence and looting in London via Twitter.
“These riots are nuts why would people do this to there (sic) own country. Own city,” Rooney wrote on Twitter. “This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please.”
Defender Ferdinand described the escalating violence as “madness” and questioned whether soldiers should be put on the streets of the British capital.
“It seems these kids/people have no fear or respect for the police….maybe the army will get that respect??” Ferdinand tweeted.
“The presence of the army may make these kids/people think twice about continuing this??”
Dozens of people also attacked shops in the main retail district of Birmingham, where England is to due to play India in the third cricket test on Wednesday.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen said on Monday night that doors had been locked at the team hotel in the central city.