The English national teams will not play against Russian teams in the U-17 age category, which UEFA has returned to international competitions.

The corresponding statement was made by the English Football Federation. They noted that none of its national teams, junior or senior, will play matches with teams that will represent Russia.

"We do not support the position of re-admission of Russia to UEFA competitions by age, and our position remains that the England national teams will not play against Russia," The Times quoted the organization as saying.

Russia's suspension from international football: what is known

In response to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, UEFA and FIFA suspendedRussian clubs and national teams from participating in tournaments under their auspices.

Russian clubs were expelled from European competitions, and the Russian national team was excluded from the playoffs for the 2022 World Cup and not allowed to qualify for Euro-2024.

Since February 24, 2022, the Russian national team has played only friendly matches. The rivals of the national team of the terrorist country were Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt U-23 and Qatar.

In addition, officials from the aggressor country were not allowed to work at international matches. However, in September 2023, UEFA appointed a Russian team of referees led by Vera Opeykina for the Women's League of Nations match between the national teams of Armenia and Kazakhstan.

After that, the Ukrainian Football Association (UAF) protested to UEFA and called for not allowing representatives of the terrorist state into the international arena.

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