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Home nations confirm plans to wear poppies

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England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will ask their opponents and FIFA for permission to display the poppy on armbands during their games in the days before and on Remembrance Sunday.

Last month FIFA decided to de-politicise's the use of the poppy and therefore it could return for this month's international fixtures.

In a joint statement, the FA, FA of Wales, Irish FA and Scottish FA said they "welcome the clarification" on "what can and cannot be worn on players' shirts" which was issued by the game's law-making body the International Football Association Board last month.

"It was important that clarity was brought to this issue as it affects many football matches/competitions throughout the world and is particularly helpful in relation to remembrance and poppies," the four associations said.

"In any year when there are international matches in the week leading up to and including Remembrance Sunday, it is the intention of all four home nations to seek permission from the opposition team and FIFA to display the poppy on armbands."

England meet Germany at Wembley and Wales travel to Paris to play France in friendlies on Friday, November 10, before Northern Ireland go to Switzerland for their second leg on Remembrance Sunday, November 12.

Last year, all four home nations were fined by football's world governing body FIFA for ignoring a ban on players wearing slogans or symbols which are considered to be personal, political or religious.

FIFA's climbdown, however, means that is now unnecessary and none of the home nations paid its fine.

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England up to twelfth in FIFA World rankings

England have moved from 15th to 12th in the world rankings. Credit: PA

England and the Republic of Ireland have risen in this month's FIFA's world rankings, while Scotland climbed too despite missing out on World Cup qualification.

England, who qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with wins over Slovenia and Lithuania, climbed three places to 12th in the rankings led by World Cup holders Germany, football's world governing body announced on Monday.

Gareth Southgate's side are now the leading home nation after Wales, who, like Scotland, missed out on the finals, fell a place to 14th.

The Republic, who progressed to the World Cup play-offs, rose eight places to 26th, while Scotland climbed 14 places to 29th despite missing out on a place in Russia 2018 - a result which subsequently saw Gordon Strachan depart as boss.

Northern Ireland fell three places to 23rd despite advancing to the play-offs.

Brazil are second in the rankings and Portugal third, with Argentina fourth, Belgium fifth and Poland sixth in an unchanged top six.

France climbed a place to seventh and Spain returned to the top 10, climbing three places to eighth.

Chile stayed in ninth despite missing out on World Cup qualification and Peru rose into the top 10 for the first time after qualifying for the intercontinental play-off against New Zealand.

FIFA World rankings Top 15

  • Germany
  • Brazil
  • Portugal
  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Poland
  • France
  • Spain
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Switzerland
  • England
  • Colombia
  • Wales
  • Italy
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