January 18, 2021 Latest Football News

International Friendly Full-time Result

France 0 2 England
Ft 90+3

Ht 1 – 0

Alli 39

Rooney 48

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Wembley was lit up in French colours and France’s national motto.

It was an emotional night as more than 70,000 fans honoured the victims of the Paris attacks in Wembley.

The Football Association (FA) had encouraged England supporters to learn the words to La Marseillaise in a show of solidarity and Wembley’s arch was lit up in the blue, white and red of the French flag.

Applause greeted the end of the anthems before a minute’s silence was impeccably observed, with one side of the London stadium creating a Tricolor mosaic with coloured cards.

Earlier, it was reported that France’s game with Germany at the Stade de France was targeted in the attacks.

But France chose to go ahead with Tuesday’s game, which ended 2-0 to England, amid heightened security.

Prince William and the opposing managers, England’s Roy Hodgson and Didier Deschamps of France lay wreaths before the match.

There was an excellent show of unity for the French national anthem before England and France mixed in with each other for a pre-match team photograph to huge applause.

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England and France mixed in with each other for a complete pre-match team photograph.

England boss Roy Hodgson and his France counterpart Didier Deschamps embraced after joining Prince William, president of the Football Association, in laying flowers for those killed.

The visitors went close to opening the scoring when Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye, one of six Premier League-based players starting for France, fired narrowly over from 25 yards.

Alli, 19, showed great maturity to open the scoring from outside the area as the Tottenham midfielder starting the move with a crunching tackle before firing home.

Rooney doubled the lead with a close-range volley from Raheem Sterling’s cross, the culmination of a move started by Alli.

France’s Anthony Martial was pictured on crutches after the game, possibly handing United boss Louis van Gaal yet another injury problem to deal with.

After the match, Hodgson said: “It was a very poignant occasion and we achieved all the things we wanted to achieve in the remembrance.”

“An act of defiance was better than the other alternative,” he added, relating to France going on the match despite clear security threats.

Meanwhile, France boss Didier Deschamps thanks everyone for their statements and their actions of solidarity.

“We feel very grateful because not just the people at Wembley, but the whole nation has supported us,” he said.

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