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Samuel Lovett
Monday 12 June 2017 22:09

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.

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.

Mbappe has been the talk of Europe 

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.

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

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

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

Form guide…

France: LWLWDW

England: DWLDWD


France to win: 41/50

England to win: 17/5

Draw: 12/15


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.

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 18:55

England team news:

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 18:56

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.

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 18:59

France team news:

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 19:03

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.

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 19:05

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...

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 19:14

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.

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 19:20

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 

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 19:25

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 

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 19:36

False alarm, folks. It looks like John Stone won't be playing in midfield tonight... *swipes brow in relief*

Samuel Lovett13 June 2017 19:37

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