England are fighting for a new opponent for the Wembley duel in November after New Zealand was eliminated from the friendly due to "complications" due to the coronavirus as its players had to be quarantined at home
- New Zealand will not travel to England on November 12 for Wembley friendship
- The All Whites have withdrawn and cited the travel restrictions for coronavirus as the reason
- A large number of the team's players would have to be quarantined on their return
- England are now fighting for a new opponent for the November game
New Zealand have abandoned plans to travel to London for an international friendly against England during their next international break.
Citing "travel and player availability complications," the All Whites confirmed the news Wednesday morning and let England crawl around on November 12 to find a new opponent for the game.
In a statement posted on their website, New Zealand Football CEO Andrew Pragnell said: & # 39; It is with great regret that we had to cancel our participation in the upcoming game against England at Wembley.
Wembley Stadium was scheduled to host a friendly between England and New Zealand in November
New Zealand has pulled out due to coronavirus travel restrictions, it has been announced
& # 39; It's not an easy move, this is a match we all wanted to play as it will be the final All Whites squad selected for the November 2019 tour even without the New Zealand based players , a significant number of the team is subject to quarantine or restrictions on return home. This would severely disrupt her domestic season and possibly endanger her professional career.
& # 39; The postponement of travel restrictions and the availability of commercial flights under Covid means we're not sure we can put together a roster at Wembley that day and that a last minute out of this game is not an option.
& # 39; Before Covid, we had a full schedule for the All Whites planned and we have been proactively looking for games for the team since the hiatus, but unfortunately it's just not possible to do the new games we planned for year happen.
"We are now looking forward to the international window in March 2021 when we start our qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup."
Gareth Southgate wants to win new friendly opponents for the game on November 12th
Chris Wood (left) and Winston Reid (right) are two of the big names on the New Zealand team
England have confirmed they will reveal details of a new opponent in due course as there will be another game in the home of English football next month.
Gareth Southgate's side are next in action tonight in a Nations League game against Denmark before a possible trio of games next month.
The New Zealand clash should be a friendly warm-up ahead of two Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland, and the FA will secure new opposition for November 12th.
England are back in action against Denmark in a Nations League game on Wednesday evening
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