New Zealand withdraws from England friendly due to COVID-19 restrictions


New Zealand pulled out of next month’s football friendly against England on Wednesday, saying “complications” caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) had made it too difficult to field a team at Wembley on November 12.

“The shifting nature of travel restrictions and commercial flight availability under COVID means that we do not have the certainty we could assemble a squad at Wembley,” New Zealand Football CEO Andrew Pragnell said in a statement.

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All Whites coach Danny Hay said he was “gutted” to have to withdraw from such a high-profile fixture.

“Looking at the restrictions currently in place, as well as the rising number of COVID-19 cases across Europe, it just isn’t possible to put a competitive squad together,” he said.

The current round of international fixtures has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases, including a positive test by Portugal and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.


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