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England's friendly with Holland at Wembley on Wednesday night is under threat from the rioting in London.

West Ham and Charlton have already called off their Carling Cup home matches against Aldershot and Reading, due to take place on Tuesday, in order to aid the police.

And the escalation in violence has led to serious concerns about the Metropolitan Police deploying a significant number of officers at Wembley during a time when they are needed to restore order elsewhere.

No formal talks are planned between the FA and the police other than those which take place as a matter of routine but contact at some stage on Tuesday morning appears inevitable.

The Dutch team are due to fly out of Amsterdam on Tuesday.

England internationals Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney have both made public appeals for calm, with the latter writing on Twitter: "These riots are nuts why would people do this to there [sic] own country. Own city. This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please."

With trouble also flaring in Birmingham, the Board of Control for Cricket in India have confirmed all their squad are safe and accounted for ahead of Wednesday's third Test with England at Edgbaston.

England are also staying in the second city, and are currently at a central hotel ahead of a scheduled practice session on Tuesday morning.

Batsman Kevin Pietersen reported the hotel's doors had been locked, as disorder continued on the streets of the city.

Police in Birmingham arrested around 100 people after rioters and looters rampaged, mirroring the chaotic scenes in London.

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