Reports All Whites game against Belgium cancelled

The All Whites game against world football No1 Belgium looks set to be called off.

Multiple New Zealand media outlets reported on Thursday that coach Danny Hay had been unable to pull a team together for the game against the World Cup semifinalists in Brussels on 9 October.

In a statement, New Zealand Football (NZF) said nothing has been confirmed regarding the fixture.

Amid Covid-19 restrictions across various countries, football governing body FIFA have relaxed rules for the September and October international windows, so clubs weren't obliged to release players as they usually were.

It had put in doubt the availability of some of the European-based All Whites and meant Hay would have to pick an understrength team to play the top-ranked side in the world.

NZF released a statement shortly after report of the cancellation surfaced on Thursday afternoon.

"Nothing has been confirmed in regards to our fixture against Belgium.

"As we said when the game was announced, it is provisional on the safety of our players.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation in Europe for both getting our players in and getting them home without disruption to their domestic season."

The All Whites were also scheduled to play fourth-ranked England on 13 November.

There had been no suggestion that match, set to go ahead at the famous Wembley Stadium in London, was also in jeopardy.

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