FIFA says England players cannot wear a symbol on their shirts to mark Remembrance Day when they play Spain next week because of rules prohibiting political gestures.
FIFA says it rejected the English Football Association's request to use the poppy emblem to remember those who have lost their lives in service since World War I.
FIFA rules on uniform and equipment state that "they should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages."
Football's world governing body says any request to "commemorate historical events" would be rejected for all 208 football countries.
FIFA says it respects England's wish to remember "the lives of members of their armed forces."
They agreed to observe a minute's silence before kick off when England plays Spain on Nov. 12 at Wembley, the day after Remembrance Day.