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Ferdinand applauds Wembley call off

IN AGREEMENT: England defender Rio Ferdinand

ENGLAND STAR Rio Ferdinand believes it was right for the police and football authorities to call off tomorrow’s friendly international between England and Holland at Wembley in the wake of three nights of rioting in London.

Ferdinand said on Twitter: ‘England vs Holland game is off, good call. Who wants to see a game of football when our country is in turmoil.’

The England team were still planning to train as normal at London Colney on Tuesday morning, before returning to their respective clubs.

England general manager Franco Baldini told BBC Sport: "At least we got the chance to stay together and have a training session.

"We are a bit disappointed - but mainly because of what has happened to London. All the rest is not that important. The next time we'll get together will be before the Bulgaria game on 29 August."

Bert van Oostveen, chief executive of the Dutch federation the KNVB, explained: "The police in London could not guarantee the safety of our players and our supporters."

No decision has been taken regarding tickets, with the FA set to make an announcement later.

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