New Zealand has cancelled a game against England at Wembley next month because of travel difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

New Zealand Football chief executive Andrew Pragnell issued a statement Wednesday saying a significant number of players would have been be subject to quarantine on returning home from the Nov. 12 game and that would “heavily disrupt their domestic seasons and potentially jeopardize their professional careers.”

“This is a match we all wanted to play, however … 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 on this day and defaulting on this fixture at the last minute is not an option,” he said.

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