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Security ramped up at Wembley for Lithuania clash in wake of Westminster terror attack

Date Posted,March 25, 2017

Police have implemented extreme security at Wembley for England’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania following the terror attack in Westminster this week.

Reinforced vans and additional presence on the ground has been deployed around the home of the national team after the attack in the capital on Wednesday.

The St George’s flag is flying at half mast at Wembley as security is ramped up following the terror attack in Westminster earlier this week.

England take on Lithuania at the national stadium and tributes will be paid ahead of kick-off.

(Photo: PA)
(Photo: PA)

A minute’s silence will be observed as football remembers those that lost their lives in the atrocity, while the death of former England boss Graham Taylor will also be acknowledged.

Extra security has been drafted in around the ground as London reacts to the attack which saw five people, including the terrorist, lose their lives.

Security is ramped up at Wembley (Photo: REUTERS)

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is attending the game and has called on football to unite.

“We’ll stand together at Wembley to remember those killed & injured in Wednesday’s attack & show we will never be cowed by terrorism,” he said.

An FA spokesperson added: “Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium.

The England flag at half mast (Photo: PA)
England take on Lithuania (Photo: REUTERS)
Tributes will be paid to Graham Taylor (Photo: PA)

“In collaboration with the local authorities and the Metropolitan Police there will be an enhanced security operation for the England v Lithuania match on Sunday, to ensure a safe and secure environment for spectators.

“All supporters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.”

Search dog patrols outside Wembley (Photo: PA)
Police outside the stadium (Photo: REUTERS)
The Bobby Moore statue (Photo: PA)

Jermaine Defoe has been handed a first England start in four years by Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

The Sunderland striker has been in superb form this season with 14 Premier League goals and has been rewarded with a chance to shine at Wembley in the starting line-up.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another surprise starter in an exciting, attack-minded line-up that also includes Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana.

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