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England, Germany set to wear poppies during international friendly

England and Germany players will wear black armbands bearing poppies for Friday's friendly at Wembley.

In a statement from the Football Association on Wednesday regarding the tribute in remembrance of members of the armed forces, chief executive Martin Glenn described it as "a show of solidarity and unity at this important time."

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 [German Football Association] 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.

England and Germany will both wear poppies on Friday.

"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.''

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff said at a news conference in Berlin on Wednesday: "It's in remembrance of the victims of the two World Wars.

"The English FA asked us to participate. It's a good signal that young players who might not remember the World Rars hold for a moment and remember that this should never happen again.

"[DFB president] Reinhard Grindel and [general secretary] Friedrich Curtius were in close contact with the English FA, and we complied with their wish [to wear the armbands]."

Last year, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all fined by FIFA for displaying the poppy as part of Armistice Day commemorations, with the world governing body having considered it a political symbol.

But after new guidance was issued in September on law four, the section of the game's rule book on what players can wear, the four home nations said it was their intention to request permission from their opponents and FIFA to display the poppy on armbands during their games in the days before and on Remembrance Sunday.

The FA's statement on Wednesday also said 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.

RAF, Army and Navy representatives will lay wreaths and there will be a period of silence -- during which the Wembley arch will be lit in red while the words "Football Remembers" are displayed on the stadium screens -- prior to kickoff.

There will also be a banner parade involving representatives from the military, poppy and St George's flag t-shirt layouts for fans in the east and west stands respectively, and poppy sellers in the fanzone, concourses and on Olympic Way outside the stadium.

ESPN FC's Germany correspondent, Stephan Uersfeld, contributed to this report.


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