England v France – Two nations come together

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England played France at Wembley on Tuesday 17th November, just four days after the dreadful attacks that took place in Paris on Friday 13th.

The stadium was painted in the French colours, with the arch over Wembley lit blue, white and red to mirror the French flag. The scenes inside were fantastic as every member of the crowd paid their respects, waving individual French flags to create a single giant French flag within the stadium.

Before kick-off all the players gathered in the centre circle and linked arms for the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. After a huge round of applause, the players took their positions in the centre circle for a minute’s silence to pay respect to all the people who lost their lives in the attacks.

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England won the toss and they passed the ball around for a while before losing possession to France who quickly broke down the Left wing for a good chance before Sterling and Clyne get it clear.

The game went back and forth before Kane got the ball up the left hand side and played it into Alli. All he needed to do was control it but unfortunately he let the ball slip under his foot and the danger was over.

Sterling got a free kick and Rooney sent a curler, from about 30 yards out, into the left corner but Lloris collected it calmly.

At around the thirty minute mark Ben Arfa cut in from the right hand side and slid a ball into Cabaye but Hart was quickly of his line to claim it.

GOAL! Thirty-nine minutes into the game and the young Alli hit an absolutely fantastic shot into the top left hand corner, it took just a slight deflection off Koscielny, but Lloris was nowhere near it and England were 1-0 up at half-time.

France began the second half having made two changes; Pogba and Coman came on for Matuidi and Ben Arfa. England also made a change, Butland for Hart.football2

France spent the first couple minutes of the half passing the ball around before Alli made a crunching tackle winning the ball back. Sterling collected and was away down the left hand side. He sent a curling cross into Rooney, who composed himself for a volley, and GOAL! England was 2-0 up in the forty-seventh minute.

Ten minutes later France made another couple of changes. Giroud came on for Gignac, while Cabaye made way for Diarra. He received a beautiful smattering of applause from the Wembley crowd in recognition of his bravery in testing circumstances.

In the fifty-ninth minute, Pogba performed a beautiful dummy past Alli and sent a shot towards Butland, but the ball sailed over the crossbar though Butland always had it covered.

The sixty-seventh minute saw Martial replaced by Griezmann but not much else happened throughout the rest of the game. It was seen away calmly by England who, despite losing 2-0 to Spain, managed to regain their composure in this game and win 2-0 with two spectacular goals from the youngster Alli and the ever brilliant Rooney.

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