New Zealand Withdraw From England Friendly Due To COVID-19.

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

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

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.