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Fans snub England with Wembley set to be more than half empty for first post-World Cup game

  • FILE - This is a Thursday, June 19, 2014   file photo of Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera looks back as England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Wayne Rooney was named England captain on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014  taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    FILE - This is a Thursday, June 19, 2014 file photo of Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera looks back as England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Wayne Rooney was named England captain on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a Monday, June 16, 2014   file photo of England national soccer team coach Roy Hodgson, right,  as he speaks with Wayne Rooney during a squad training session for the 2014 soccer World Cup at the Urca military base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Wayne Rooney was named England captain on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014  taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

    FILE - This is a Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo of England national soccer team coach Roy Hodgson, right, as he speaks with Wayne Rooney during a squad training session for the 2014 soccer World Cup at the Urca military base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wayne Rooney was named England captain on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)  (The Associated Press)

The English Football Association says that Wembley Stadium is set to be more than half empty for England's friendly against Norway next week.

Following England's worst-ever World Cup campaign, the FA says only 35,000 to 40,000 fans are expected in the 90,000-capacity national stadium to watch Wednesday's friendly. It will be the lowest crowd for an England game since the new Wembley opened in 2007.

The previous lowest saw only 48,876 attend a friendly against Sweden in 2011.

FA General Secretary Alex Horne says "it is disappointing. We have got some work to do, we have to rebuild a squad ... and we have got to rebuild some trust with the supporters."

England exited the World Cup after losing twice and drawing once in the group stage.