Armed police on duty at Wembley Stadium for England-France friendly match while security check points are established around the stadium and sniffer dogs check the area.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 17, 2015)(ITN) – Police set up security check points on roads near Wembley Stadium on Tuesday (November 17) in preparation for the England-France friendly soccer match later in the evening.
Armed police officers stood guard in the rain near the stadium, while sniffer dogs checked the site for explosives or other substances.
Prime Minister David Cameron will lead a show of solidarity with France at the match, following the bloody attacks on Paris, with English fans expected to sing the French national anthem.
Cameron, Prince William and London Mayor Boris Johnson will attend the fixture.
The match is the latest in a series of friendly matches, one of which was between France and Germany on Friday (November 13). During that game explosions were audible as Islamic State militants targeted the fixture which was attended by French President Francois Hollande in Paris.
The explosions were part of a wave of attacks that killed at least 129 people on that night.
A French player lost his cousin in the violence and the side stayed overnight in the Stade de France with the German team as a security precaution, but the French soccer federation said the England game should go ahead for symbolic reasons.
English fans are expected to put aside traditional football rivalry and sing the French national anthem, the Marseillaise, at the match that is due to begin at 2000 GMT.
Police urged supporters to arrive early due to additional security searches and said there will be “extra, highly visible, armed officers” patrolling around Wembley.
Common in European countries like France, armed police are generally rarely seen in Britain although they did patrol the London Olympic Games in 2012 and have taken on more of a profile in recent years due to fears of Islamist militancy.
A match between Belgium and Spain due to take place in Brussels, where police have carried out raids in the wake of the Paris attacks, has been postponed for security reasons after the government advised against going ahead.
Before the Wembley match, French coach Didier Deschamps said his side would play England with “even more pride.”