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Wednesday Kickoff: Belgium, Euro 2016, Benzema and more


Both the Belgian FA and UEFA have responded to Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels, while France is nearing a decision on the future of Karim Benzema.

Belgium’s friendly against Portugal has been moved to Leiria, Portugal following Tuesday’s terror attack on Brussels. Belgium had its last international match, a November meeting with Spain, canceled in the wake of the Paris attacks. (REPORT)

Following Tuesday’s terror attack, UEFA insists there are “no plans to play matches at Euro 2016 behind closed doors.” The federation did state that it is working on contingency plans to respond to any crisis situation that may arise. (REPORT)

In the aftermath of a blackmail scandal that led to an indefinite suspension, a decision on Karim Benzema’s future with the French national team will be made by April 15. (REPORT)

Raheem Sterling will miss at least six weeks after suffering a groin injury in this past weekend’s Manchester derby. The England forward is expected to be back in action in time to join his country for this summer’s Euro tournament. (REPORT)

Liverpool forward Christian Benteke said he cannot understand why he is not earning playing time under new manager Jurgen Klopp. Benteke has not started a league match since Jan. 2. (REPORT)

Yaya Toure has withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad due to a heel injury. The midfielder will miss Ivory Coast’s clash with Sudan on Friday. (REPORT)

Bastian Schweinsteiger has picked up an injury to his right knee and has left the Germany camp in Berlin. (REPORT)

Juventus midfielder Sami Kehdira has been suspended for two games for “directing offensive remarks towards the referee.” (REPORT)


U.S. Men’s National Team forward Bobby Wood is reportedly drawing interest from Bundesliga clubs Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, as well as English Premier League side Liverpool. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic will join the USMNT in Columbus if he is deemed healthy after initially being left off the roster due to illness. (REPORT)

The NASL is expecting an expansion announcement in the coming weeks as the league continues to evaluate several markets, including Atlanta. (REPORT)

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team goalkeeper Will Pulisic said he will join Dortmund for the 2016-17 season. (REPORT)

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Leicester City headline the field for the International Champions Cup. (REPORT)

A total of 78 MLS players have received a call-up for international duty. (REPORT)

What do you think of the response to Tuesday’s attacks? Should France welcome Benzema back? Any concerns over the recent series of injuries?

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