England and Germany Mark Armistice Day at Wembley

England and Germany marked Armistice Day at a sold out Wembley on Friday evening.

Players and staff from both teams wore black armbands bearing poppies during the game, in remembrance of members of the armed forces past and present.

Before the game a banner parade involving representatives from the military took place inside the stadium, and representatives from the RAF, Army and Navy laid wreaths.

After the national anthems a period of silence was held, during which the Wembley Stadium arch was lit in red and ‘Football Remembers’ displayed on stadium screens.

The Royal British Legion’s Director of Remembrance and Marketing, Gary Ryan, said: “We are delighted both sides in this international match have decided to wear the poppy as a symbol of respect to the human cost of conflict.

“The poppy and the act of wearing it symbolises not only support for the Armed Forces Community but also reconciliation and hope for a peaceful future, and sport is a powerful vehicle to underline that message.”

Rethink Remembrance

The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.


By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

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