England and Germany to mark Armistice Day at sold out Wembley

Wednesday 08 Nov 2017
England and Germany will mark Armistice Day at Wembley on Friday

England and Germany will wear black armbands bearing poppies for the international match on Friday 10 November.

The FA and the DFB have today 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] provided The FA, the Football Association of Wales, Scottish FA and Irish FA with clarification on Law 4, which now allows all four teams to display poppies during their respective fixtures in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday.

England v Germany
  • A Men's International
  • 8pm, Friday 10 November
  • Wembley Stadium connected by EE
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 added: “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 Stadium connected by EE for the match against Germany.

The FA and DFB will also commemorate Armistice Day in a number of other ways, ensuring that fans attending the match or watching on television can show their support, including:

  • RAF, Army and Navy representatives will lay wreaths prior to kick-off;
  • A period of silence will be held before kick-off and after the national anthems;
  • For the period of silence, the Wembley Stadium arch will be lit in red and ‘Football Remembers’ will be displayed on the stadium screens;
  • A banner parade, involving representatives from the military, will take place inside the stadium before kick-off;
  • There will be poppy and St George’s flag t-shirt layouts for fans in the east and west stands respectively;
  • Poppy sellers will be at Wembley Stadium in the fanzone, concourses and on Olympic Way.

By FA Staff