England players fund money-back scheme

England manager Roy Hodgson. Photo: PA

England's players are to part-fund a £50,000 money-back scheme for fans affected by Tuesday's World Cup postponement in Warsaw.

The Football Association were criticised in some quarters last night when the Three Lions left the National Stadium in Warsaw following the decision to call off last night's World Cup qualifier with Poland without acknowledging the fans who had made the trip.

Whilst the Polish Football Federation have already confirmed they will refund the cost of tickets for fans unable to attend this evening's match, the FA have taken it a step further.

Together with the England Footballers Foundation (EFF), they have agreed to cover the costs of ticket refunds for fans who did remain in the Polish capital.

"The team really appreciate the support we receive away from home," said England skipper Steven Gerrard.

"We know that fans have spent money and taken time off work to travel to Poland and we don't take it for granted.

"The supporters have the complete respect of the whole squad."

In addition, The FA and players will invite every one of the 2,500 fans who bought tickets and travelled to the game to a special England training session at Wembley Stadium or St George's Park before the end of the season.

It is a significant gesture from the England ranks and has been agreed following discussions between the FA and it's official supporters group 'englandfans'.

Hundreds of fans have been attempting to change flights and secure additional accommodation following last night's postponement, the first time an England game has been called off because of the weather since 1979.