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England players to part-fund money-back scheme for supporters in Poland


England's players are to part-fund a £50,000 money-back scheme for fans affected by last night's World Cup postponement in Warsaw.

The Football Association were criticised in some quarters last night when the Three Lions left the National Stadium in Warsaw following the decision to call off last night's World Cup qualifier with Poland without acknowledging the fans who had made the trip.

Whilst the Polish Football Federation have already confirmed they will refund the cost of tickets for fans unable to attend this evening's match, the FA have taken it a step further.

Together with the England Footballers Foundation (EFF), they have agreed to cover the costs of tickets refunds for fans who did remain in the Polish capital.

"The team really appreciate the support we receive away from home," said England skipper Steven Gerrard.

"We know that fans have spent money and taken time off work to travel to Poland and we don't take it for granted.

"The supporters have the complete respect of the whole squad."