England planning pre-Lithuania tribute following Westminster terror attack

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There will be a tribute in recognition of the security services
involved in Wednesday’s terror attack in London before
England’s match with Lithuania at Wembley, Football Association
chairman Greg Clarke has confirmed.

Police confirmed that four people, including an officer, were
killed and at least 20 injured when an attacker said to be
armed with a knife tried to gain access to the Houses of
Parliament in Westminster.

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The suspect, who was shot and killed by armed police, had
earlier injured several people when he drove a vehicle into
pedestrians on Westminster Bridge at around 1440 local time.

It was later confirmed that the incident was being treated by
UK forces as a terror attack.

Speaking ahead of England’s friendly match in Germany at Signal
Iduna Park, Clarke said via the FA official website: “Our
thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by this
terrible incident.

“We will be recognising the bravery of the security services
and all those involved at the England v Lithuania match on
Sunday.”

England boss Gareth Southgate said it was appropriate to hold
some form of tribute back in London. 

“It puts football into perspective,” he told ITV prior
to the Germany match. “We are conscious that part of our
identity as a nation is that we carry on in moments like this.

“We have left everything else to our hierarchy. In terms of any
tribute, we felt that in London on Sunday was the right thing
to do.”

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