The sport will resume in the UK on Tuesday after the nation stopped to pay tribute to the queen on the day of her state funeral.
The world of sport came to a halt across the country on Monday as people paid their final respects to the Queen, who died on September 8 and buried in St George’s Chapel in Windsor after a service at Westminster Abbey.
Races were canceled for the day, and figures from a Queen’s beloved sport were in attendance at her state funeral.
England’s national team players were normally supposed to arrive at St George’s Park on Monday, but they had an extra day to spend time with their families on such a historic day.
Gareth Southgate’s team will instead begin showing up for international service on Tuesday ahead of the Nations League matches with Italy and Germany this month.
Former Three Lions captain David Beckham, who queued for 13 hours to see the late monarch lying in the state at Westminster Hall last week, paid tribute on Instagram.
“Our queen is home,” he said. “We said our last farewell to her Majesty the Queen. This week the world mourned the loss of a unique, inspiring and caring leader.
“People from all walks of life gathered in their thousands to show gratitude for our beloved Queen. In addition to the incredible ceremony and tradition, we have witnessed a loving family grieve for a mother, grandmother and great grandmother with dignity and dedication.
“His legacy of service and devotion to duty will last. Long live the king”
The English Football League clubs were among the numerous teams and organizations that joined with tributes to the Queen on the day of her funeral and many will return to action for the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.
Arsenal and Rangers will also play the crucial Women’s Champions League matches against Ajax and Benfica respectively.
Racing, the Queen’s favorite sport, originally had matches scheduled in Leicester, Warwick, Hamilton Park and Wolverhampton on Monday, but were canceled after the funeral date was announced.
Matches will resume on Tuesday in Beverley, Lingfield, Newcastle and Warwick.
Meanwhile, matches of the LV = Insurance County Championship will also kick off, and English cricketers will play their first match in Pakistan in 17 years later in the day.
Jos Buttler’s white ball team paid tribute to the queen with a period of silence observed by the team on Monday before the focus returned to competitive sport.
England will play their first of seven Twenty20 teams against Pakistan in Karachi on Tuesday afternoon.