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After being held to 2-2 draw against Scotland over the weekend, England face France in Paris on Tuesday night in an international friendly.

Although there’s very little up for grabs, the occasion will mark an emotional affair with Oasis’ 'Don't Look Back in Anger' set to be played ahead of kick-off as the French pay respect to those killed in the London and Manchester attacks.

While England head into the match on the back of their draw at Hampden, Didier Deschamps’ men are looking to make amends after their 2-1 defeat against Sweden in which Hugo Lloris handed the opposition victory following an embarrassing stoppage-time error.

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Good evening and welcome to the Independent's live coverage of tonight's international friendly between France and England.
 
Gareth Southgate's men will be looking to prove a point after being held to a 2-2 draw against Scotland at Hampden. They take on an impressive France side, one brimming with youth, energy and promise. 
 
Team news to follow.

England team news:

 
Fingers crossed that Southgate is playing with three at the back as opposed to 4-2-3-1 which would see Dier and Stones form a clunky-looking midfield unit...
 
Having said that, the England manager did say on Monday that he is weighing up a surprise midfield role for Stones giving his ball-playing abilities.
 
God save us all.

France team news:

France may have been beaten by Sweden, conceding a late goal via Hugo Lloris' gaffe, but on paper Les Bleus are looking pretty formidable. With the likes of Mbappe, Pogba, Kante and Umtiti among their ranks, France are certainly not short of world-class ability. England are sure to have their hands full tonight.
Our man Mark Critchley is in Paris tonight and believes England now have the chance to move off par under Gareth Southgate with a first big win.
 
More below...
 
England, and the Football Association, hit just the right note when they hosted France at Wembley shortly after the Paris terror attacks of 2015, paying a touching tribute to those who lost their lives.
 
The French Football Federation is planning to reciprocate in kind, honouring the victims of atrocities in London and Manchester by encouraging fans to come together in a rendition of God Save the Queen, staging a mixed team photograph and even playing an interpretation of Oasis anthem Don't Look Back in Anger. It promises to be a poignant start to the match as football continues to present itself as a unifying force in times of fierce division.
Joe Hart was always scheduled for a night off in Paris, but the question marks over his performance against Scotland mean his stand-ins have a lot to play for. With Fraser Forster the odd man out, Tom Heaton gets first chance to stand his credentials against Les Bleus, with Jack Butland due to take second-half duties. That places them in an intriguing head-to-head as both battle to be Hart's deputy, rival and, perhaps, successor.
 
Tom Heaton has a chance to prove himself tonight
 
Monaco star Kylian Mbappe had a superb season and has rapidly become one of the hottest prospects in European football. Still only 18, he is right at the start of his international career with three caps and just one start to his name. This seems like a perfect fixture to let him loose again and England defender John Stones knows all too well how dangerous he can be after a tricky encounter in the Champions League. The Premier League's big spenders will be keeping an keener eye than most on the results.
 
The Frenchman on everyone's lips
 
 
False alarm, folks. It looks like John Stone won't be playing in midfield tonight... *swipes brow in relief*
 
 
Southgate experimented with a back three against Germany in March and, despite going down to a Lukas Podolski cracker in Dortmund, there were signs of promise in the formation. This friendly has a similar profile to that match and will provide another chance to look at that way of playing. England have three capable Premier League defenders covering the central positions and adventurous full-backs who would have no qualms about a more advanced role. Can the Three Lions emulate the sort of form which saw them impress against Germany? Let's hope so.
The France fans seem to be enjoying themselves as they perform the Icelandic thunder clap. Not what England will have wanted to hear. That's psychological warfare at it's finest...

A year ago England fans sang La Marseillaise in solidarity with France. Today the favour is returned

A reminder of the tribute being staged by France prior to kick-off.
The tribute is under way with a 40-strong band performing a rendition of 'Don't Look Back in Anger'. The crowd is belting it out, the sun is shining and the English fans in particular look to be enjoying themselves. A touching reminder of football's power and ability to bring people together. Top class.
And now time for the anthems. I must admit I'm a big fan of La Marseillaise. Theresa May, by the look on her face, seems not to be...
As promised, the French fans sing along to God Save the Queen in act of solidarity. Kudos to them.
A minute's silence to follow.
Right, here we go folks! We're seconds away!
France 0-0 England - 1 min: And that's kick-off. Game on!.
France 0-0 England - 2 min: A miss-hit delivery from the left catches out Tom Heaton at his near post. He quickly shuffles to his right to spare England's blushes and stop the ball with both hands.

What time does it start?

The game kicks off at 8pm on Tuesday 13 June.

Where can I watch it?

ITV will provide live coverage of the match from 7.30pm onward.

Player to watch…

Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman on everyone’s lips. After a stellar season at Monaco, in which he scored 26 goals in 44 games to help guide the side to the Ligue 1 title, Mbappe has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stade Louis II. Real Madrid, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all expressed interest in the player, though it remains unclear who will land his signature. Mbappe’s pace and movement will undoubtedly put England’s backline to the test and another impressive performance on the main stage will only serve to intensify his suitors’ interest.

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Mbappe has been the talk of Europe (Getty)

It’s a big game for…

Tom Heaton. The goalkeeper will start in goal on Tuesday night with Joe Hart set to play no part in the friendly. Hart had been on course to miss the fixture regardless of Saturday’s game in which he conceded two Leigh Griffiths free-kicks in quick succession towards the end of the game. Heaton now has a chance to stake a claim for the No 1 jersey if he can impress in Paris, though he’ll be competing against Jack Butland who is due to replace him at half-time.

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Tom Heaton has already been capped twice by England, making his debut against Australia last year (Getty)

Past three meetings…

England 2 France 0, International Friendly, November 2015

France 1 England 1, Euro 2012, June 2012

England 1 France 2, International Friendly, November 2010

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England and France pay tribute to those who were killed in the Paris attack (Getty)

Form guide…

France: LWLWDW

England: DWLDWD

Odds…

France to win: 41/50

England to win: 17/5

Draw: 12/15

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