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The FA pays respects at Thiepval Memorial

08 June 2016

Football Association Chief Executive Martin Glenn paid a personal visit to the Thiepval Memorial yesterday, alongside Technical Director Dan Ashworth, as part of the ongoing relationship with the CWGC to commemorate the First World War, and in particular the current build up to 100th Anniversary of The Battle of The Somme.

"From a personal level, it was humbling experience," Glenn said, after laying a wreath at Thiepval.

"I've got the privilege to represent the country in a certain way, and certainly the Football Association, but it was also very humbling.

"I've not been to the Thiepval Memorial before. I know World War I history but I've not been there and 72,000 unidentified soldiers nearly fills Wembley - it's huge. You just can't believe the scale of it."

The Somme commemoration coincides with England's involvement in UEFA EURO 2016 in France and the visit yesterday was part of The FA's commitment to the ongoing Football Remembers programme.

A number of the England team have recorded a video message ahead of the Somme commemorations while England Manager Roy Hodgson said of the CWGC:

"On behalf of the England staff and squad, I would like to say a sincere thank you to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the very important work they do honouring our brave servicemen and women."