England and Wembley Stadium observe minute's silence to honour London attack victims

ALEX YOUNG

England players, staff and fans paid tribute to the victims of the London terror attack with a minute's silence at Wembley Stadium ahead of Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

Khalid Masood on Wednesday killed four innocent people, including the fatal stabbing of PC Keith Palmer, in Westminster before being shot dead by police.

London mayor Sadiq Khan laid a wreath in memory of the lost lives, joined in the centre circle by FA chairman Greg Clarke, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Craig Mackey, and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley.

Khan said: "As football fans, we will stand together at Wembley to remember those who were killed or injured in Wednesday’s horrific attack to send a message around the world - that Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.

"Ever since the devastating events of Wednesday afternoon, I have been so humbled and moved by the outpourings of solidarity and compassion from Londoners and visitors to our city alike.

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"I want to express my deepest gratitude on behalf of all Londoners to the police and emergency services for the way they responded to the attacks in Westminster.

"They ran to confront danger while encouraging others to run to safety. All Londoners are grateful for their efforts.

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The mark of respect comes following a weekend of similar tributes across the country from EFL clubs.

Beginning with the weekend's first game - Millwall's trip to Swindon Town - all 21 League One and League Two games observed a minute's silence.

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Players of Dundee United and St Mirren also performed their own tribute at Fir Park ahead of the Scottish Challenge Cup final on Saturday.

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