David Cameron has condemned the ban on England's footballers wearing poppies on their kit as "outrageous".
The Prime Minister called for the sport's ruling body, Fifa, to reverse the "absurd" decision that is stopping the team having the remembrance symbol embroidered on their shirts for this Saturday's match.
He stepped in amid growing fury after it emerged that officials turned down the special request, made by the FA, claiming it would "open the door to similar initiatives" across the world.
Mr Cameron said: "This seems outrageous. The idea that wearing a poppy to remember those who have given their lives for our freedom is a political act is absurd.
"Wearing a poppy is an act of huge respect and national pride.
"I hope Fifa will reconsider."