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Belgium national team cancel training after Brussels attacks

Brussels Airport And Metro Rocked By Explosions

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22: Passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 13 people are though to have been killed after Brussels airport was hit by two explosions whilst a Metro station was also targeted. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

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The Belgian national team cancelled training on Tuesday as a mark of respect for the victims of the Brussels terrorist attacks.

Belgium, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, is due to play a friendly against Portugal at Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium on Mar. 29, however that game is now in huge doubt.

The Belgian squad always stay at a hotel in the Brussels Zaventem Airport complex, which was the airport at the heart of the attacks.

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Belgium’s friendly with Spain in Brussels was postponed over safety concerns and they haven’t played since.

Marc Wilmots’ side have qualified for the 2016 European Championships in France this summer and are among the favorites to lift what would be their first-ever major title. They have been placed in Group E with Italy, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland.

On Tuesday two separate attacks across the Belgian capital have killed at least 26 people, as a suspected suicide bomber attacked Brussels’ main airport and another explosion took place on the metro system which led to more casualties.

It has also been revealed last week that due to ongoing concerns from the Belgian FA about the security around Anderlecht’s training round, the venue where Belgium usually train, they had moved training this week to the King Baudouin Stadium instead.

Norwich City has confirmed that striker Dieumerci Mbokani, on loan from Dynamo Kiev, was at Brussels Airport during the attack. He was “unharmed but shaken” and was thought to be visiting friends in Brussels where he used to play for local club Anderlecht.

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