England’s friendly with the Netherlands off after riots

The Football Association confirmed the decision on their website on Tuesday. The Carling Cup clashes at Charlton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Bristol City have all been postponed.

The FA’s managing director of Club England Adrian Bevington wrote on Twitter: “Disappointing for game to be called off, but very good communication with Met [Metropolitan Police], Brent [Council] and Government today – sensible decision.”

Bert van Oostveen, chief executive of the Dutch federation the KNVB, explained: “The police in London could not guarantee the safety of our players and our supporters.”

England general manager Franco Baldini told BBC Sport: “At least we got the chance to stay together and have a training session.

“We are a bit disappointed – but mainly because of what has happened to London. All the rest is not that important. The next time we’ll get together will be before the Bulgaria game on 29 August.”

England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said on Twitter: “England vs Holland game is off, good call. Who wants to see a game of football when our country is in turmoil?”