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England vs France LIVE: World Cup 2022 quarter-final latest updates


Fans sing the English national anthem ahead of the France quarter-final

England plays France in a big World Cup quarter-final in Qatar. The Three Lions face their toughest test of the tournament so far against defending champions France after topping Pool B and defeating Senegal in the round of 16 to reach this stage.

Gareth Southgate named an unchanged squad for England’s opener against France in the knockout stages of a major international tournament, with Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden retaining their places in a 4-3-3 system.

The England coach has urged his team to be bold and attack France, which has in Kylian Mbappé the top scorer of this World Cup and perhaps the most dangerous striker in football.

England reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia in 2018, but Southgate believes his team are better poised for success now than they were four years ago. With millions across the country ready to tune in, this could be the night that makes or breaks those hopes.

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Follow all the England vs France action on our live blog below


England 0-1 France

30 minutes: Shot! England is playing well. They are pushing higher up the field and passing it with intention. Rice selects Kane, who punches one on goal from range.

He hits it brilliantly and forces Hugo Lloris to make a jump save!

Phil Foden then spins into the resulting corner and the ball lands in the middle of a group of bodies creating a massive brawl. France comes out with the ball and kicks it straight into the field.

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England 0-1 France

27 minutes: Nope! The VAR tells the referee to keep playing. Upamecano is a lucky, lucky man. Penalties for less have already been given during this tournament.

England need to stay focused. They are causing problems inside the last third when they receive the ball.

michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:27

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England 0-1 France

25 min: Appeal of the penalty! Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka brilliantly press up and Kane takes the ball from Dayot Upamecano. He then moves it towards the box and there is a tangle of legs that knocks Kane down inside the box.

The VAR is looking at this. Could England have a penalty?

michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:26


England 0-1 France

England have not been behind in this tournament before, so they now face a new type of game. Harry Kane rolls away from Dayot Upamecano as the ball slides into the box, but Hugo Lloris tackles him and makes the effort.

Jordan Henderson recycles the ball but Antoine Griezmann is there to work it for a throw-in on the opposite side of the pitch.

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michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:23


England 0-1 France

20th minute: England have a chance to win back the goal immediately after Adrien Rabiot tackles Bukayo Saka on the edge of the French penalty area.

michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:21

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GOAL! England 0-1 France (Tchouameni, 17′)⚽️

17 minutes: What a strike is this!

Bukayo Saka thinks he has been fouled at the other end of the field, but the referee lets play continue and France sweeps the field. They pass it to the right side of the box before cutting it back to Aurelien Tchouameni.

He’s outside the box but looking for goal and laces and a low deflection effort through Jude Bellingham’s legs and into the bottom left corner.

Jordan Pickford sees him late but jumps to the other side. He cannot arrive and France takes the lead in these quarterfinals!

michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:17

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England 0-0 France

15 minutes: Declan Rice pokes the ball into midfield and passes it to Harry Kane, who drives into the box and looks for space to shoot.

Raphael Varane follows him on the front edge before Dayot Upamecano arrives and both defenders force Kane to retreat and return the ball to Rice.

michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:14


England 0-0 France

12 minutes: Opportunity! Shaw dives into a midfield tackle and doesn’t win the ball. A quick one-two takes Dembélé into space on the right and he brings the ball into the box before lifting a cross to the head of Olivier Giroud.

michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:12


England 0-0 France

11 minutes: Good defensive work from Jude Bellingham after England were left out of position on their left side. Dembele receives the ball and flicks it behind Shaw to put Griezmann into space next to the box.

Bellingham dives back and charges into a tackle, winning the ball and pushing it back for a corner which Harry Kane clears off at the near post.

michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:10

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England 0-0 France

8 minutes: Mbappe receives the ball on the edge of the box and grapples with Walker before flicking the ball into the middle where Olivier Giroud attempts a scorpion kick and misses the ball.

He swings towards Shaw, who is pressured by Dembele. He takes no chances and kicks it for a throw-in.

michael jonesDecember 10, 2022 19:08

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