Three Lions CAN wear poppies on shirts against Germany

The annual stand-off between Fifa and the Home Nations' football teams about wearing poppies is set to end, as the world's governing body considers allowing a change to its current rules.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will be applying common sense in relaxing its ban on England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland's national teams displaying a poppy on their shirts, according to United Kingdom sports minister Tracey Crouch.

Last year, Federation Internationale de Football Association fined England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for their use of the poppy, after they ruled it to be a political symbol.

The match has not been confirmed but will go ahead unless - as seems unlikely - either side is involved in a play-off to qualify for next year's World Cup.

The revised provisions from the proposal could see the poppy permitted if opposing teams and the competition organiser for the relevant match both accept its use in advance.

Anyway, FIFA have reportedly sent revised drafts of their kit protocol to all their member nations with a new law expected to be passed in time for the upcoming "Armistice" worldwide break that falls between 6th and 14th of November (during which England are due to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley).

Football's world governing body told England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that they were not allowed to incorporate it into their kits during World Cup qualifiers a year ago.

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England are set to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley during this time and it is understood the German FA has no objections over the use of the poppy.

Tracey Crouch, the United Kingdom's sports minister, was glad to hear Federation Internationale de Football Association is set to relax the rules on home nations displaying poppies.

England captain Wayne Rooney wears a poppy on his sleeve.

Mrs May said there was a "clear message" from the House of Commons that "we want our players to be able to wear those poppies".

English players are now expected to either wear armbands with a poppy on them or have the poppy embroidered on their shirts in the same way as Premier League teams.

"These clarifications do not require any further ratification, as they have been approved by The IFAB's Board of Directors (body authorised to approve such clarifications, which are not Law changes)".

  • Adam Floyd