The Wembley arch was lit in the Italian flag’s colours on Friday to coincide with what would have been the international between England and Italy.
Along with Tuesday night’s scheduled friendly against Denmark, the Italy game had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But in a show of solidarity with Italy, which has been one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19, the arch was lit with the colours of the Italian tricolore for 90 minutes.
In addition to this, the giant LED screens adjacent to Olympic Way displayed the message: ‘Siamo separati, ma siamo insieme. Forza Italia #DistantiMaUniti’ which translates as ‘We are separate, but we are together. Come on Italy #DistantButUnited’.
The arch and giant screens then reverted to a tribute to the NHS which has been in place at the national stadium since March 20.