• Attacks in Paris broke out while France were playing against Germany
  • England due to face Les Blues at Wembley on Tuesday
  • French Football Federation suggest friendly will still be played 
  • Over 120 died in coordinated terrorist attacks at six sites in Paris 

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England’s friendly match with France on Tuesday night will go ahead as planned despite the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris that left at least 127 people dead.

A spokesman for the French football federation (FFF) told the Reuters news agency by telephone: ‘As we speak the game is on, yes.’

Reports in France suggested the match would be played so long as the players or coaching staff did not raise any objections. 

An FA spokesman confirmed following England’s defeat in Spain that there would be discussions with the French Football Federation before any decision is made.  

The arch over Wembley was lit up in the colours of the French flag after the attacks in Paris

The arch over Wembley was lit up in the colours of the French flag after the attacks in Paris

Fans gathered on the pitch after France's game against Germany in response to the attacks across Paris

Fans gathered on the pitch after France’s game against Germany in response to the attacks across Paris

Supporters gather on the pitch as fans were evacuated - France's game with England is still on

Supporters gather on the pitch as fans were evacuated – France’s game with England is still on

France declared a national state of emergency and closed its borders on Friday night following the wave of six attacks across Paris.

This included two suicide attacks and a bombing close to the Stade de France, where France were playing Germany in a friendly match. 

An FA spokesman said: ‘It is a very serious and tragic matter. If there is any update on the match on Tuesday we will announce in due course.

‘We will liaise with the French Federation over the weekend. The FA sends its deep condolences to the victims of this tragic event but to say anything else would be inappropriate.’

Police officers secure the stadium during France's game with Germany at the Stade de France

Police officers secure the stadium during France’s game with Germany at the Stade de France

When asked whether the match was likely to be cancelled, FFF media officer Philippe Tournon said: ‘No decision has been made.’

FFF president Noel Le Great said in a statement: ‘The French Football Federation shares the emotion that shakes the nation following the tragic events of Friday in Paris and around the Stade de France.

‘The FFF shares the grief of the bereaved families and relatives.’

The FFF later confirmed it had cancelled a France press conference and open training session scheduled for Saturday.

The French will train behind closed doors at their Clairefontaine base instead.

A family on the pitch at the Stade de France following news of bombings outside the ground 

A family on the pitch at the Stade de France following news of bombings outside the ground 

Spectators were told to evacuate onto the pitch following the end of the friendly between France and Germany

Spectators were told to evacuate onto the pitch following the end of the friendly between France and Germany

The attacks raise serious concerns about fans’ safety at Euro 2016, which is being held in France.

Le Great told L’Equipe: ‘For the Euro, there was already a big worry. Today it’s obviously even stronger.’

A number of players took to social media to express their dismay at the attacks.

England defender Chris Smalling tweeted: ‘Puts everything into perspective when such tragedies happen. Thoughts and prayers are with all the people in Paris #PrayForParis.’

David Beckham, who briefly played in the city for Paris Saint-Germain, posted this message on Instagram

David Beckham, who briefly played in the city for Paris Saint-Germain, posted this message on Instagram

The England and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling took to Instagram to post this tribute

The England and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling took to Instagram to post this tribute

The France striker Anthony Martial was one of a number who tweeted the 'Pray for Paris' image

The France striker Anthony Martial was one of a number who tweeted the ‘Pray for Paris’ image

A number of sports stars, including Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, posted this image

A number of sports stars, including Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, posted this image

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial and Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma tweeted the ‘Pray for Paris’ image that was shared by many on social media outlets after the attacks.

England suffered their first defeat since the World Cup on Friday when they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Spain in Alicante.

Mario Gaspar scored a stunning acrobatic volley to put the European champions ahead before Santi Cazorla rounded off the win.

 

 

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