France and England are set to face off in an international friendly later today and both nations will be hoping for a win after their disappointing world cup qualifiers outings last week.
France vs England, International friendly, England football team, France football team, Gareth Southgate, Didier Deschamps

France and England are set to meet in an international friendly later today at the Stade de France and both nations will look to use this match to iron out the flaws after disappointing World Cup qualifiers matches.


England managed to get a last-minute draw against Scotland after Harry Kane levelled the score line in the 93rd minute while an error from Hugo Lloris resulted in France losing 2-1 to Sweden.


This international friendly is set to be the last match for the two nations until next season when they will resume their 2018 World Cup qualifier matches at the end of the August. The match will also see the use of a video assistant referee. The Oasis song Don't Look Back in Anger will be played as a tribute to the victims of London and Manchester attack.


Being a friendly, you can expect both teams to make a number of changes. Gareth Southgate and Didier Deschamps might give some fringe players a chance to prove themselves today.


One player that is definitely going to miss this match is England no.1 Joe Hart. The Manchester City man conceded two late free-kicks against Scotland and Tom Heaton or Jack Butland could start instead of him.


"You need to give players the opportunity. In the past, one or two keepers have given up international football because they've not had that chance so I'm conscious of keeping players involved. We think he can also challenge for the number one spot," BBC quoted Southgate as saying.


France vs England, International friendly, England football team, France football team, Gareth Southgate, Didier Deschamps
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"It is a difficult call on Fraser, who is also a very good keeper. With those four and Sunderland's Jordan Pickford, plus a couple of lads coming up potentially from the Championship next year, we are very healthy."


As for France, goalkeeper Lloris was the reason why they ended up losing against Sweden but Deschamps and Raphael Varane both backed the France and Tottenham no.1.


"He will play, definitely. Lloris will captain. I discussed it with him and included that in my thinking. We shared the same opinion, that's clear. We want him to go back on the pitch," Deschamps said.


"I personally told him what I thought about him and that that this didn't change anything. We all make mistakes. He will continue saving us in other games and we don't have to cry over spilt milk," Varane said.


Other than Hart missing out, Southgate has a fully fit squad to select from. The likes of Ben Gibson and Kieran Trippier could make their debut tonight while Kane will retain the captain's armband. Deschamps will also be expected to make a number of changes for today's game and the likes of N'Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Samuel Umtiti could get starts.


The last time the two nations met in a friendly was right after the Paris terror attack and Wembley paid tribute to the victims and this time France will return the compliment. Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney gave England a 2-0 win that day and France will be hoping to get the win this time.


Where to watch

The international friendly between France and England is set to start at 8 pm local time, 12:30 am IST and 3 pm EST.


TV and live streaming information

India: TV: Sony Six, Sony Six HD. Live streaming: Sonyliv

UK: TV: UTV, ITV 1 UK, STV Scotland

France: TV: TF1

USA: TV: ESPN Deportes USA, ESPN2 USA. Live streaming: Watch ESPN





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