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Tuesday, 17 November 2015
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England 2 France 0 [1-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 71,223;
Kick-off: 8.03pm GMT
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

England - Dele Alli (right-fooed twenty-five yard strike into top corner 39 38:42), Wayne Rooney (six yard volley 47 46:58) Match Summary
England Squad
France Squad
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England kicked-off. 92 minutes (45:00 & 46:52).


Match Summary

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Referee (yellow) - Jonas Eriksson
 40 (28 March 1974), Luleá, FIFA listed 2002.

Assistant Referees - Mathias Klasenius, 40 (28 April 1975) and Daniel Warmark

Fourth official - Jan Michael Lerjeus, 42 (18 June 1973), FIFA-listed 2009.

Attended by both the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and the FA President.
Floral tributes were laid. Black armbands wore worn and a minutes silence observed.

9 Goal Attempts 9
4 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 3
0 Offside Calls Against 0
13 Fouls Conceded 10
48.6% Possession 51.4%

England Team



FIFA (5 November 2015) 9th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 8th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney, fifteenth captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
47th match, W 28 - D 13 - L 6 - F 96 - A 34.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J., off 46th
28 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 57 39 GA
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 24 5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 9 0
3 Gibbs, Kieran J.R. 26 26 September 1989 LB Arsenal FC 10 0
4 Dier, Eric J.E. 21 15 January 1994 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 29 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 40 3
6 Stones, John 21 28 May 1994 CD Everton FC 7 0
7 Alli, Bamidele J., off 88th min. 19 11 April 1996 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 1
8 Barkley, Ross, off 79th min. 21 5 December 1993 LM Everton FC 19 2
9 Kane, Harry E., off 80th min 22 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 3
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 30 24 October 1985 L/RF Manchester United FC 109 51
11 Sterling, Raheem S., off 68th min. 20 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
R/LF Manchester City FC 20 2
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 France 0
13 Butland, Jack, on 46th min. for Hart 22 10 March 1993 G Stoke City FC 3 1 GA
scoreline: England 2 France 0
20 Lallana, Adam D., on 68th min. (67:39) for Sterling 27 10 May 1988 M Liverpool FC 19 0
17 Shelvey, Jonjo, on 79th min. (78:50) for Barkley 23 27 February 1992 M Swansea City AFC 6 0
16 Bertrand, Ryan D., on 80th min. (79:19) for Kane 26 5 August 1989 D Southampton FC 7 0
14 Jones, Philip A., on 88th min. (87:29) for Alli 23 21 February 1992 M Manchester United FC 20 0
result: England 2 France 0

unused substitutes:

12-Chris Smalling, 15-Kyle Walker, 18-Ryan Mason, 19-Jesse Lingard, 21-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Manager Roy Hodgson was in charge of Switzerland against France for a friendly victory in May 1992 (2-1).
Wayne Rooney has scored in a record 41st match.
4-3-3 Hart (Butland) -
Clyne, Cahill, Stones, Gibbs -
(Jones), Dier, Barkley (Shelvey) -
(Lallana), Kane (Bertrand), Rooney

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.7 Appearances/Goals 25.9 5.5


France Team



FIFA (5 November 2015) 25th
EFO ranking Group 1 (4th)
ELO rating 7th
Colours: Made by Nike - Dark blue collared jerseys with white collars, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Hugo Lloris Manager: Didier Claude Deschamps, 47 (15 October 1968), appointed 8 July 2012,
43rd match, W 25 - D 8 - L 11 - F 78 - A 35.
France Lineup
1 Lloris, Hugo 28 26 December 1986 G Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 72 51 GA
15 Sagna, Bacary 32 14 February 1983 RB Manchester City FC, England 54 0
17 Digne, Lucas 22 20 July 1993 LB AS Roma SpA, Italy, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain FC 10 0
4 Varane, Raphael 22 25 April 1993 CD Real Madrid CF, Spain 27 2
21 Koscielny, Laurent 30 10 September 1985 CD Arsenal FC, England 26 0
6 Cabaye, Yohan, off 57th min. 29 14 January 1986 CM Crystal Palace FC, England 44 4
22 Schneiderlin, Morgan, off 82nd min. 25 8 November 1989 RM Manchester United FC, England 15 0
8 Ben Arfa, Hatem, off 46th min. 28 7 March 1987 RF OGC Nice Côte d'Azur 15 2
14 Matuidi, Blaise, off 46th min. 28 9 April 1987 LM Paris Saint-Germain FC 41 6
10 Gignac, Andre-Pierre, off 57th min. 29 5 December 1985 CF CF Tigres de la UANL, Mexico 23 6
11 Martial, Anthony, off 67th min. 19 5 December 1995 LF Manchester United FC, England 6 0
France Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 France 0
19 Pogba, Paul L, on 46th min., on for Ben Arfa 22 15 March 1993 M Juventus FC SpA, Italy 27 5
20 Coman, Kingsley, on 46th min. for Matuidi 19 13 June 1996 F FC Bayern München eV, Germany, on loan from Juventus FC SpA, Italy 2 0
scoreline: England 2 France 0
12 Diarra, Lassana, on 57th min (56:14) for Cabaye 30 10 March 1985 M Olympique de Marseille 31 0
9 Giroud, Olivier, on 57th min. (56:25) for Gignac 29 30 September 1986 F Arsenal FC, England 45 13
7 Griezmann, Antoine, on 67th min. (66:15) for Martial 24 21 March 1991 F Club Atlético de Madrid SAD, Spain 24 6
18 Sissoko, Moussa on 82nd min. for (81:51) for Schneiderlin 26 16 August 1989 M Newcastle United FC, England 34 1
result: England 2 France 0

unused substitutes:

2-Christophe Jallet, 3-Patrice Evra, 5-Loic Perrin, 13-Eliaquim Mangala, 16-Steve Mandanda, 23-Benoit Costil.

team notes:

Coach Didier Deschamps played for France against England in February and June of 1992 and captained in three more matches in June 1997, February 1999 and September 2000 (his 103rd and final appearance).
4-3-3 Lloris -
Sagna, Varane, Kosceilny, Digne -
(Sissoko), Cabaye (Diarra), Matuidi (Coman) -
Ben Arfa
(Pogba), Gignac (Giroud), Martial (Griezmann)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 30.3 1.8


    Match Report by Mike Payne

The brave decision to play this friendly international, after the dreadful experiences of the French people in Paris the previous Friday, was rewarded with a wonderful tribute and declaration of solidarity from the two squads and both sets of fans.  Wembley was bathed in the French tricolour, with the blue, red and white dominating the stadium.  Never before has an opposition's national anthem been sung so heartily and so sincerely, by everyone, at the English home of football.  It was a very moving and unforgettable moment when both sets of players stood side by side on the centre circle for a perfectly observed minute's silence.

It could easily have been forgiven if the actual game of football had fallen flat after all the pre-match emotion, but to the enormous credit of both sets of players, the crowd were treated to the best friendly international seen at Wembley for years.

Both sides had good spells of possession at the start with the first decent attack coming from the visitors in the 7th minute.  Yohan Cabaye was given too much time and space and moved forward to hit a fierce shot that flew just over Joe Hart's crossbar.  A minute later though, and Hugo Lloris made a real hash of a clearance, sending it straight to his Tottenham teammate Harry Kane.  Kane attempted to find Wayne Rooney at the far post but Raphael Varane easily intercepted the ball, much to the goalkeeper's relief.  Then good play by John Stones, not for the last time on this night, showed cool authority as he strode forward with the ball confidently from defence.  It augured well for England and on 13 minutes Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Clyne combined well before Lloris just beat Rooney to the ball.

England were keeping possession much better than against Spain, in their previous match, although France were not pressing in the way that the Spaniards had done.  In fact, for the first fifteen minutes the French were slightly subdued, understandably of course in the circumstances, but a burst from young Anthony Martial enlivened the visitors.  He broke swiftly down the left before cutting inside to fire a good low shot at goal, Hart doing well, diving to his left to save.  A minute later and it was England on the counter attack, with five men up.  Kane found Deli Alli with a fine pass and it looked as though the youngster was in.  Unfortunately poor control let Alli down and the golden chance was lost.  Rooney then saw a free-kick saved by Lloris and, as against Spain, England were finding it difficult in the attacking third, with their final pass never quite right.  A typical example came when the impressive Clyne went down the right, clear of the defence, only for a poor cross to be easily cleared.

On 31 minutes the England skipper so nearly broke the deadlock.  Kane's great pass sent the record breaker clear and Rooney's fierce shot went agonisingly close, but the wrong side of a post with Lloris beaten, the nearest to a goal so far.

England were playing well though, with plenty of good control and movement and with six minutes of the half remaining they finally broke through, and what a cracking goal it was too.  Alli made a crunching tackle to win possession for England and then moved forward to take a return pass from Rooney.  Alli continued his forward run, looked up, and fired in a tremendous shot that flew into the far top corner with Lloris left groping thin air.  What a way to open your goalscoring account for your country!

Two minutes after the goal another bad French clearance gave Kane another chance but this time the goalkeeper saved the shot, and then just before the break Sterling jinked his way into the box, but his final shot was deflected wide.  The corner was cleared but England thoroughly deserved their half-time lead.

At the start of the second half France brought on Paul Pogba and Kingsley Coman to try and pep up their attack, whilst England brought on Jack Butland for Hart in goal.  It was soon obvious that France meant business as the pace of the game quickened, but within two minutes of the restart England doubled their lead.  Again Alli won possession in midfield and sent Sterling scampering down the left.  For once the pass inside was perfect as Sterling's cross found Rooney at the far post and the skipper's volley was too hot for Lloris to handle.

That goal was a real setback to the second half plans of the French and four minutes later Kane almost made it three with a fine shot that again went just the wrong side of the post.  At the other end Martial produced a mazy dribble that took him right into the danger area, but Alli was there again to make a crucial saving tackle.  Pogba was already showing his class and he was now at the heart of the best French play.  With Olivier Giroud also now on as a substitute, France were looking to their key players to find a way back.  England were standing firm though, and very disciplined in their play.  Gary Cahill was working well with Stones and both Clyne and Kieron Gibbs were outstanding in their full-back roles.

On 59 minutes a piece of magic from Pogba almost pulled a goal back as his delightful chipped shot only just cleared the England crossbar, and then, as France increased the pressure, Pogba set up Martial with a clever back heel, but Butland was quickly out to block the shot.  It is very comforting to note that the England goalkeeping position is in very safe hands with both Hart and Butland on top of their game at the moment.

England's impressive workrate continued throughout the 90 minutes and for the remainder of the match they cleverly kept France at arm's length, and yet broke forward positively when given the opportunity.  More substitutions came and went for both sides but the game continued in an exciting vein and there were some very good performances from the England players.  Kane never stopped working, Clyne was superb up and down the right and Rooney showed all his class and experience with his touch and vision.  And in young Alli, England seemed to have found a real gem.

The last action saw Pogba fire a shot over the crossbar as the French, to their utmost credit, kept going right to the end.  It all made for a very enjoyable game on a night when two great football nations joined forces to show how this wonderful sport can bring countries and people together.  It was a night that over 71,000 spectators in the stadium and the millions watching on television will never forget.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor