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Thursday 21 August 2014

England in passport numbers blunder

Published 04/06/2014 | 20:22

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Frank Lampard's signature was published along with the team's passport numbers

The passport numbers of England's football squad have been published in an astonishing security breach at the Sun Life Stadium.

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An hour before Roy Hodgson's squad kicked off their friendly against Ecuador in Miami, the team sheets were passed around the press box as per usual.

The one difference this time was that the team list handed around the media included the passport numbers of every player in the England and Ecuador squads.

Within minutes of the team sheets being handed around, the passport numbers were being published on social media.

In a further breach to security, the signatures of Frank Lampard, who signed off the list, and director of England team operations Michelle Farrar, were published.

The Football Association is aware of the situation and said it hopes the error will not be repeated when England take on Honduras at the same stadium on Saturday.

An FA spokesman said: "It is a matter for the match organisers, the publication and distribution of the team sheets are their responsibility."

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