England name unchanged team for World Cup quarter-final against France

The Three Lions face the defending champions for a place in the last four

Ben Burrows
Saturday 10 December 2022 18:11 GMT
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Gareth Southgate named an unchanged England team for the World Cup quarter-final with France football.

The England boss sticks with the 4-3-3 shape that has got his team this far with Jordan Henderson, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden again getting the nod as they did for the last-16 win over Senegal.

“We've got strength in depth and we’re thinking about the opponent too,” Southgate said explaining his selection ahead of the game.

“I think our midfield have been really important, you can lose a player in there with some back three systems. We feel like we have to get pressure on France and get further up the pitch with our attacking play.

“It's belief, we have to stand up and go to the depths. We have confidence. It's great to come in and feel the way we do. It's the opportunity you always have, nights where everybody remembers where they are.”

Kyle Walker, who is set to match up against danger man Kylian Mbappe, and Luke Shaw start in the full-back positions with Harry Maguire and John Stones again paired in the centre of defence.

Henderson lines up as part of a three-man midfield alongside Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham. Saka and Foden are preferred on the flanks either side of captain Harry Kane.

Marcus Rashford, a scorer of three goals at the tournament already, is left in reserve on the bench as is Raheem Sterling, who has returned to the team’s training camp after going back to the UK after a break-in at his family home.

Defending champions France also name an unchanged side from the one that advanced past Poland last time out.

England vs France confirmed teams

England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Henderson, Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Kane, Foden

France: Lloris (c), Kounde, Upamecano, Varane, Hernandez, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud

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