Netherlands v France

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The Netherlands’ friendly against France will be stopped after 14 minutes for a minute’s silence to remember Dutch great Johan Cruyff.

Former Ajax and Barcelona star Cruyff, who famously wore the number 14 shirt, died of cancer aged 68 on Thursday.

The decision to halt Friday’s friendly was announced by the Dutch football association (KNVB) following the death of their former captain and coach.

Both the Dutch and French teams will wear black armbands in tribute.

There will also be a minute’s silence before kick-off in memory of the 34 victims of the Brussels bomb attacks in Belgium on Tuesday.

Cruyff, who was named European footballer of the year three times, helped the Dutch reach the 1974 World Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to West Germany.

He also won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax from 1971 and coached Barcelona to their first European Cup triumph in 1992.

“Words can hardly be found for this huge loss,” the KNVB said after his death was announced.

French friendly overshadowed

Netherlands coach Danny Blind’s top-level playing career was launched by then Ajax boss Cruyff.

Blind has been hampered by the withdrawal of several players for the double header against France and England, who host the Dutch at Wembley on Tuesday.

Stoke City midfielder Ibrahim Afellay and Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt could feature after being called up earlier this week as replacements.

PSV Eindhoven pair Davy Propper and Jurgen Locadia pulled out on Monday, and miss out along with Arjen Robben, Daryl Janmaat, Erik Pieters and Ron Vlaar.

Afellay was a surprise omission from the original squad, while Van Aanholt could make his first international appearance in more than two years.

The Netherlands were World Cup semi-finalists in 2014, but have failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

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