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“We will look at money and insurance issues further down the way,” Bernstein said.

England team managing director Adrian Bevington, who sat alongside Bernstein at a news conference in front of the squad, spoke for the team.

“We are disappointed that tomorrow’s game will be called off, but obviously we understand the reasons behind the decision and we support it,” Bevington said. “We’ve all seen the terrible pictures on the television and the most important thing at this time is the safety of the fans and the general public.

“At this time the whole squad would like to appeal for calm and an end to the disorder which has been ongoing.”

Groups of young people rampaged for a third straight night in London on Monday, setting buildings, vehicles and garbage cans alight, looting stores and pelting police officers with bottles and fireworks.

In the Peckham district of south London where England defender Rio Ferdinand grew up, a building was set ablaze along with a bus _ which was not carrying passengers. Onlookers described the scene as resembling a conflict zone.

Ferdinand described the escalating violence as “madness” and questioned whether soldiers should be put on the streets.

England teammate Wayne Rooney appealed for an end to the violence.

“These riots are nuts why would people do this to there (sic) own country. Own city,” the striker wrote on Twitter. “This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please.”

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