BURTON-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Nov 8, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 08th Nov, 2016 ) : England's players are pleased they will be able to wear commemorative poppies in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland, striker Harry Kane said on Tuesday. World governing body FIFA forbids teams from wearing political, commercial or religious symbols during matches and has warned England and Scotland they could face sanctions if they defy the directive.
But the football associations of both counties have decided their players will wear black armbands with poppy motifs to honour Britain's war dead in the Armistice Day fixture. "As long as we're wearing the poppy, we're happy," Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane told a press conference at the St George's Park football centre in Burton-on-Trent, central England. "We all wanted to wear it. Being on the top or the sleeve, it doesn't matter too much.
As long as we're wearing it, it's a big positive." Premier League teams have been wearing jerseys with poppy emblems in recent fixtures. England's interim manager Gareth Southgate and Scotland captain Darren Fletcher have both backed the decision to allow the players to wear poppies. "First and foremost, I think everyone would love to wear the poppy and wants to wear the poppy to show our respect," Fletcher said on Monday. "FIFA have their rules and you understand why, but hopefully common sense prevails."