Saturday 25 November 2017

German match will go ahead - England

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson

Mark Ogden

The English FA will remain in "constant contact" with security authorities in Germany and at home ahead of Saturday's friendly against the world champions in Berlin, with senior figures insisting the fixture will go ahead as planned despite yesterday's terror attacks in Brussels.

Roy Hodgson's squad trained at St George's Park in preparation for the encounter amid growing concerns over the security measures in place for the fixture after the atrocities in the Belgian capital, which left more than 30 people dead.

Germany's last home fixture - a friendly against the Netherlands in Hannover last November - was cancelled little more than an hour before it was due to start as a result of what was described as a "concrete threat" of a terror attack in the city four days after the multiple attacks in Paris, which saw France's friendly against the Germans targeted at the Stade de France.

Hodgson and his squad are due to fly to Berlin on Friday and the FA, which upgraded its security measures following the Paris terror attacks, has stressed that no plans have been made to revise arrangements ahead of the game.

"Our plans haven't changed," said an FA spokesman.

"We have been in constant contact with the German authorities and our security measures are already very stringent." The FA, which has already expressed its sympathies to their Belgian counterparts, will liaise with the German football federation over the possibility of a minute's silence as a tribute to the victims of the Brussels attacks.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots whose team are due to face Portugal in a friendly in Brussels next Tuesday, called off a planned practice session at the King Baudouin Stadium following the attacks on the city.

England will continue to monitor the fitness of Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, who along with Ryan Bertrand did not train yesterday, before departing for Germany.

(© Independent News Service)

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