England vs France LIVE: World Cup 2022 result and reaction as England crash out with Harry Kane penalty miss

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Harry Kane missed a decisive penalty in the closing stages, having earlier scored from the sport, as England crashed out of the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat to reigning champions France in heartbreaking fashion.

Olivier Giroud’s header 12 minutes from time ultimately kept France on course to retain their World Cup title but England were left to rue a tale of two penalties for their skipper.

Aurelien Tchouameni put France ahead with a long-range strike after 17 minutes but Kane equalised with a 54th-minute penalty following a foul by the French midfielder on Bukayo Saka.

Giroud headed home an Antoine Griezmann cross to put Les Bleus back on top but the Three Lions were given hope with an 84th-minute penalty as Mason Mount was shoved to the ground in the box. However, Kane skied the spot-kick over the bar and it means France will play Morocco for a place in the final on Wednesday, after the African side beat Portugal 1-0 in Saturday’s earlier quarter-final.

Relive all the action from England vs France in our live blog below:

England vs France latest updates

  • England lose 2-1 to France in the World Cup 2022 quarter-finals

  • Harry Kane misses decisive penalty six minutes from time to send Three Lions crashing out

  • England captain had earlier scored a spot-kick but Giroud and Tchouameni goals send Les Bleus into semi-final with Morocco

  • FULL-TIME! England 1-2 France

  • 84’ - MISSED PENALTY! Kane misses from the spot after Mount fouled (ENG 1-2 FRA)

  • 78’ - GOAL! Giroud heads home from close range (ENG 1-2 FRA)

  • 77’ - SAVE! Pickford produces sublime close-range save from Giroud (ENG 1-1 FRA)

  • 70’ - POST! Maguire header shaves the outside of the post (ENG 1-1 FRA)

  • 55’ - SAVE! Pickford saves well as Rabiot ghosts through England defence (ENG 1-1 FRA)

  • 54’ - GOAL! Kane thumps home penalty after Saka fouled (ENG 1-1 FRA)

  • 47’ - SAVE! Lloris produces superb fingertip save to deny Bellingham thunderbolt (ENG 0-1 FRA)

  • 29’ - SAVE! Lloris tips Kane’s effort wide (ENG 0-1 FRA)

  • 25’ - NO PENALTY! Kane appears to be fouled but referee says no penalty (ENG 0-1 FRA)

  • 17’ - GOAL! Tchouaméni hammers in stunning long-range opener (ENG 0-1 FRA)

England vs France: Three Lions add to history of knockout pain

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England’s hopes of World Cup glory were dashed by a 2-1 defeat to France in the quarter-finals.

Since England’s failure to even qualify in 1994, this was the sixth time they have been eliminated in the knockout stages of the competition, with the exception being 2014 when Roy Hodgson’s side failed to get out of Group D.

Here we look at the previous knock-out stage exits:

England add to history of knockout pain with France World Cup exit

England out of World Cup after defeat to France in quarter-final

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Like so many times before but, really, in a totally different way. England ultimately go out of an international tournament after a missed penalty from a star, but this wasn’t a shoot-out, and it wasn’t a case of Gareth Southgate’s side getting outclassed in midfield. It wasn’t even a player of Kylian Mbappe’s class scorching them.

Instead, England were arguably the superior side in this 2-1 defeat to the French, who still remain world champions. Southgate’s had chances that were as good. They had some of the better play.

They just didn’t have much luck, or - if you want to be harsh on the referee, which many will - some of the core decisions.

And that meant that the biggest chance of all - the opportunity to eliminate the highest class of side in a key game - wasn’t taken either.

England out of World Cup after defeat to France in quarter-final

Who is left in the World Cup 2022? Semi-finalists confirmed

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The 2022 World Cup is reaching the business end as 32 nations began on 20 November aiming to lift the Jules Rimet trophy in Doha on 18 December.

Despite the many off-field issues around the tournament in Qatar, the group stage threw up plenty of thrills and spills, with Argentina losing to Saudi Arabia going down as one of the greatest shocks of any World Cup in history. Japan also stunned Germany, while Spain and England racked up goals in statement opening wins.

The drama has continued in the knockout stage as Morocco stunned Spain in the last 16 and then made history by beating Portugal to become the first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final, while Croatia knocked out tournament favourites Brazil in the quarter-finals.

There are only a handful of teams left in Qatar as the semi-final come into view before the final itself on Sunday December 18.

Here are the teams who have qualified for the last four:

Who is left in the World Cup 2022? Semi-finalists confirmed

England referee ‘lost his guide dog’ after apparent fan edits to Wikipedia page

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Wikipedia appears to have been edited by England fans upset by decisions made by referee Wilton Sampaio in the first half of the World Cup quarter-final.

The Brazilian referee drew the ire of England supporters after significant decisions in the first half of the game against France, with a possible foul in the build up to the French opener and a possible penalty shout eventually waved away after a lengthy VAR review.

Members of the public can edit the online encyclopaedia and in changes to Mr Sampaio’s Wikipedia page which were later taken down he was described as “a Brazilian cheat”.

England fans update referee’s Wikipedia after World Cup loss

England out of World Cup after defeat to France in quarter-final

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This is the seventh time England have been eliminated from the quarter-final stages of the World Cup, more than any other side in the history of the competition.


Reaction from England’s Jordan Henderson

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Jordan Henderson stood up for the media duties after England were knocked out of the World Cup. He told ITV:

“It's hard to now, it's difficult to find the right words, I thought we gave everything. Disappointed to go 1-0 down, the character and the mentality to keep going, find the equaliser. I can't see any more, unfortunately it wasn't our night.

“We know how many penalties Harry has scored for us, how many goals he’s contributed for us to get here. He’ll be stronger in the long run. A world class striker, we wouldn’t be here without him.

“Probably [it was a missed opportunity], we felt really good, performances were really good, the hunger every day we were here. Unfortunately it wasn’t our night, you have to give credit to France, I thought it was there for us.”

England goal record: How Harry Kane compares to Wayne Rooney

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Harry Kane’s World Cup goal against France took him alongside Wayne Rooney as England’s record scorer.

The Tottenham striker has taken just 80 caps to reel in Rooney’s national record of 53 goals.

Here we look at England’s leading men’s goalscorers and how Kane compares to his predecessor as captain.

How Harry Kane compares to Wayne Rooney for England

England out of World Cup after defeat to France in quarter-final

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England are out.

That leaves four teams left in the World Cup including the two finalists from the 2018 edition.

Argentina face Croatia on Tuesday night in the first semi-final before France play Morocco the following night. France are still hoping to win back-to-back World Cup tournaments.

No team has done so since Brazil in 1962.

England vs France player ratings as Harry Kane misses crucial penalty in heartbreaking World Cup defeat

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England are out of the World Cup after Harry Kane missed a late penalty in a heartbreaking defeat to defending champions France.

England were offered a lifeline to cancel out Oliver Giroud’s header when Theo Hernandez barged into Mason Mount in the box but Kane, who had already beaten Hugo Lloris from the spot, blazed his effort over the bar.

In an absorbing contest, France had taken the lead after 17 minutes when Aurelien Tchouameni’s brilliant strike from 25 yards beat England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

England responded well to going behind and Tchouameni left referee Wilton Sampaio with no choice after he fouled Buako Saka in the box with an outstretched leg. Kane stepped up to beat Lloris and pull England level with a deserved equaliser.

Gareth Suuthgate’s side were on top but Giroud struck a hammer blow with a header at the near post. Kane had the opportunity to equalise again but he missed the target as England’s World Cup ended in heartbreaking disappointment.

Here are how the players rated form the quarter-final.

England vs France player ratings as Harry Kane misses penalty in heartbreaking defeat

‘Ref is a joke!’: England vs France referee slammed by Gary Neville

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The England vs France referee was labelled “a joke” by Gary Neville with heavy criticism coming in for Brazilian official Wilton Sampaio.

The Three Lions’ first gripe came during the first half in the build-up to the opening World Cup quarter-final goal for Les Bleus.

Bukayo Saka protested for a foul after Dayot Upamecano’s challenge, but play continued, with Aurélien Tchouaméni soon breaking the deadlock.

Sampaio did award two penalties for England, the second of which following a VAR review. The first spot kick was dispatched by Kane before a second was blazed high over the bar, proving crucial as England were eliminated.

‘Ref is a joke!’: England vs France referee slammed by Gary Neville

England out of World Cup after defeat to France in quarter-final

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England out of World Cup after defeat to France in quarter-final

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England are out of the 2022 World Cup after suffering defeat at the hands of France in the quarter-finals.

Harry Kane’s missed second-half penalty proved fatal as the defending champions instead advance where they will now play Morocco for a place in Sunday’s final.

The England skipper had earlier scored from the spot past Tottenham teammate Hugo Lloris after Aurelien Tchouameni had opening the scoring from long range.

Les Bleus’ record goalscorer Olivier Giroud headed in to restore their lead before Kane sent a second effort from 12 yards high and wide to seal their exit.

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FT England 1-2 France

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Contrasting emotions for France and England.


Full-time: England 1-2 France

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90+11 mins: Rashford takes the free kick and blitzes the shot onto the top of the net! It was close but not close enough.

The whistle goes and England are out. France have beaten them. Harry Kane looks shellshocked, he’ll be taking this defeat the hardest.

England 1-2 France

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90+9 mins: Harry Maguire is brought down on the edge of the box with seconds left to play. Will Marcus Rashford go for goal from here? It’s England’s last chance to stay in the World Cup.

England 1-2 France

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90+7 mins: John Stones has gone over on his ankle after beating Olivier Giroud to an aerial ball. He needs treatment from the medical team as Jack Grealish prepares to come on.

Stones is okay as he jogs off the pitch. Grealish replaces him though with around two minutes to play.

England 1-2 France

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90+6 mins: England are persisting with crosses into the box but the last two have come too close to Hugo Lloris who has plucked both out of the air.

Time is running out for England, can they fashion one more good chance on goal?

England 1-2 France

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90+3 mins: England defend well and sweep up the pitch with Kane shifting the ball out to Shaw on the left wing. He lifts a cross into the box which Lloris tips behind for a corner.

Shaw then swings in the corner ball but Upamecano is up highest to nod it clear.

England 1-2 France

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90 mins: There are eight minutes at the end of this game to play. Eight minutes for England to rescue their World Cup campaign. Can they do it?

England 1-2 France

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88 mins: Mount is taken out over on the right side by Rabiot who protests his innocence to the referee. Mount floats the set piece into the box and picks out Maguire who nods the ball down.

Bellingham tries to recover it but Giroud beats him to the ball and clears the danger for France.

England 1-2 France

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86 mins: Phil Foden is off for England with Marcus Rashford introduced. There is still time for England to equalise but they’ll need to give it everything.

Bellingham is punished for a sliding tackle on Jules Kounde even though he won the ball.

MISS! England 1-2 France

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84 mins: Harry Kane looks for the top corner once again but this time he blazes the spot kick over the crossbar! Who would have thought that.

Has the pressure got to the England captain there?

Penalty to England!

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England 1-2 France

82 mins: The referee jogs over to the pitchside monitor and watches the replay. It’s a clear foul and he overturns his decision. Harry Kane has the chance to put England level again.

Can he take it?

England 1-2 France

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81 mins: Jude Bellingham floats a long ball into the penalty area from deep in midfield. Mason Mount gets in front of Theo Hernandez who comes in from behind and barges Mount to the deck.

England want a penalty, the referee says no but VAR tells him to take another look at the incident.

England 1-2 France

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80 mins: England need to come from behind again. Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount are on in place of Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka.

Kingsley Coman has replaced Ousmane Dembele.

GOAL! England 1-2 France (Giroud, 78’)⚽️

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78 mins: France’s all-time leading goalscorer steps up to the plate. Antoine Griezmann gets the ball out wide on the left and delivers an pinpoint cross to Olivier Giroud who leans ahead of Harry Maguire and nods the ball past Jordan Pickford!

Huge goal for France.

England 1-1 France

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75 mins: Bellingham receives the ball inside the box and is clipped by Upamecano before going to the deck. The referee waves away the penalty shout and Bellingham is incensed.

France brings the ball down the other side of the pitch and whips a cross over to Olivier Giroud who rises above Shaw and nods his headed effort wide of the target.

England 1-1 France

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72 mins: Chance! Luke Shaw injects a bit of pace into his run down the left wing and slides a dangerous low pass into the penalty area.

Bukayo Saka tries to get in front of Theo Hernandez in order to turn the ball home but the defender does well to hold him off and force the ball out of play after it hits the England forward.

England 1-1 France

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69 mins: Saka chests down a long ball and wins a free kick high up the pitch.

Off the post! Jordan Henderson curls the free kick in from the right and picks out Harry Maguire. Maguire whips his head onto the ball and powers it at goal only to hit the outside of the near post!

So close.

England 1-1 France

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England 1-1 France

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66 mins: This game may come down to the substitutions. When to play them, who to bring on, how to change the game.

Gareth Southgate has been criticised in the past for letting England down in this area but he’s made good decisions throughout this tournament and will have to do so again tonight.

Olivier Giroud is down and so is Bukayo Saka. Saka was taken out in the middle of the park but the referee makes another awful decision and awards France a free kick.

England 1-1 France

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63 mins: Shot! England’s threat is coming entirely from Bukayo Saka who has come out with the mindset of taking the game to France. He weaves his way to the right edge of the box before sliding the ball to Kane.

Kane rolls it onto his left foot and shoots but Lloris dives across to the near post and smothers the ball.

England 1-1 France

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61 mins: Chance! That’s another brilliant run from Saka who drops into the middle and collects the ball before spinning towards goal. Henderson shifts out to the right and opens up a path for Saka to sprint into which he does.

Saka gets into the box and shoots but scuffs his effort towards goal and Lloris gets in behind it.

England 1-1 France

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59 mins: This game will get scrappy now for England. France will come out of their shells again. They are masters of recovering leads and holding onto them.

England need to settle down and come again.

Close! Mbappe outpaces Walker on the left wing and brings the ball into the box. He pulls it back to Giroud who lets it run through to Dembele.

Dembele can’t control it and gets forced wide before sliding it back to Griezmann. His ball back into the box comes to Henderson who boots it away.

England 1-1 France

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56 mins: It’s all square in the World Cup quarter-final and England fall asleep immediately after the restart. France flick the ball over to the middle of the pitch where Adrien Rabiot runs into space.

He meets the ball on the volley and fizzes an effort at goal but Jordan Pickford drops low to the left and pushes it wide.

GOAL! England 1-1 France (Kane, 54’)⚽️

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54 mins: England’s captain, Harry Kane, smashes the ball into the top left-hand corner as Hugo Lloris dives the opposite way. England are back in this game!

Penalty to England!

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England 0-1 France

52 mins: Bukayo Saka carries the ball into the right side of the penalty area and weaves around two defenders before getting hit by Aurelien Tchouameni.

Saka goes down and the referee points to the spot!

England 0-1 France

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51 mins: Kylian Mbappe brings the ball down the left wing and tries to get past Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker. Henderson has a nibble and Mbappe falls over under the slightest contact.

The referee gives France a free kick and Henderson throws his hands up in disbelief.

England keep their heads though and deal with the free kick when it gets whipped into the box.

England 0-1 France

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48 mins: Bellingham is whacked by a lunging tackle from Dembele who gets shown a yellow card. The referee lets the play go on as Phil Foden storms down the left and sends a cross into the middle where Upamecano boots the ball out for a corner.

Shot! The corner ball gets nodded out to Bellingham who rattles a shot straight back towards the target but gets denied by the fingertips of Hugo Lloris!

Second half: England 0-1 France

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The first 45 minutes belonged to France. They retained the ball well and a moment of magic from Aurelien Tchouameni sent them in front. England need to take control of midfield more to get themselves back into this.

Jude Bellingham gets the match back underway. No changes yet from Gareth Southgate.

HT England 0-1 France

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England have never won a World Cup match in which they’ve been losing at half-time (with two draws and six defeats).

In contrast France have won 24 of their 25 World Cup matches when leading at half-time with the other game ending in a draw.

Watch Tchouameni goal: France midfielder scores World Cup quarter-final opener against England

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France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni struck the opener in the World Cup quarter-final tie against England.

The Real Madrid star dispatched a shot from outside the penalty area, low into the bottom left corner past Jordan Pickford.

The goal was controversial though, having followed a challenge from Dayot Upamecano on Bukayo Saka in the French final third as Gareth Southgate’s side attacked.

Watch Aurelien Tchouameni goal as France take lead over England

HT England 0-1 France

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France probably shouldn’t be in front due to a foul on Saka in the build-up to their goal but take nothing away from Tchouameni’s shot. It was a blinder which left Pickford sprawled on the deck.


Half-time: England 0-1 France

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45+4 mins: A long ball from Harry Maguire wins England a corner right at the end of the first half. Phil Foden delivers the set piece but it sails over Harry Maguire’s head and France run the ball away.

Theo Hernandez gets on the ball but he loses it to Jude Bellingham and stays down. The referee stops play with England in a dangerous area which elicits jeers from the England fans.

The whistle goes to signal the half-time break with France in front.

England 0-1 France

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45 mins: Four minutes of added time to play at the end of the first half. Can England get an equaliser before the break?

England 0-1 France

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42 mins: There’s a round of ironic cheers from the England fans inside the stadium after Antoine Griezmann is shown a yellow card for a late clip on Kyle Walker’s ankles.

That’s one of the few decisions the referee has given in England’s favour. All the 50/50 ones seem to be going the way of France.

England 0-1 France

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39 mins: Henderson sprints back to help England defend when Mbappe gets on the ball and runs into the back of the Frenchman giving away a free kick.

Chance! Hernandez makes a run into the left side of the box as the free kick get chipped over to him. He brings the ball under control and gives it to Mbappe who blazes a shot over the crossbar!

England 0-1 France

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36 mins: Phil Foden has hardly been in the game for England. When he receives the ball in the middle of the park Griezmann is on top of his in a flash and stops a potential breakaway from developing by fouling the Manchester City man.

England need to get on the ball more. They need to put the pressure back on France who are comfortable in this game as it stands.

England 0-1 France

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33 mins: Bellingham gives the ball away and France slide the ball quickly up to Mbappe who then loses it to Walker on the edge of England’s box.

Walker sends the ball to Saka who is then taken out by Griezmann.

England 0-1 France

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30 mins: Shot! England are playing well. They’re pushing higher up the pitch and are passing it with intent. Rice picks out Kane who drills one at goal from range.

He strikes it brilliantly and forces a leaping save out of Hugo Lloris!

Phil Foden then swings in the resultant corner and the ball drops in the middle of a cluster of bodies creating a mass scramble. France come away with the ball and boot it straight down the pitch.

England 0-1 France

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27 mins: No! VAR tells the referee to play on. Upamecano is a lucky, lucky man. There have been penalties given for less during this tournament already.

England need to keep focused. They are causing problems inside the final third when they get the ball.

England 0-1 France

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25 mins: Penalty appeal! Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka press brilliantly up high and Kane takes the ball away from Dayot Upamecano. He then moves it into the box and there’s a tangle of legs which brings Kane down inside the area.

VAR are looking at this. Could England have a penalty?

England 0-1 France

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23 mins: Close!

England haven’t found themselves behind in this tournament before so they’re facing a new type of game now. Harry Kane rolls away from Dayot Upamecano as the ball is slipped into the box but Hugo Lloris charges him down and gets out the effort.

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

England 0-1 France

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20 mins: England have the opportunity to get the goal back immediately after Adrien Rabiot takes on Bukayo Saka on the edge of the French penalty area.

Luke Shaw and Jordan Henderson are standing over the set piece. Shaw is the one that hits it, he curls it nicely around the wall but Hugo Lloris shuffles across and clings onto the ball.

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

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17 mins: What a strike this is!

Bukayo Saka thinks he’s fouled at the other end of the pitch but the referee lets play go on and France sweep down the pitch. They work it over to the right side of the box before cutting it back to Aurelien Tchouameni.

He’s outside the area yet goes for goal and laces and low swerving effort through the legs of Jude Bellingham and into the bottom left hand corner.

Jordan Pickford sees it late but leaps across. He can’t get there and France take the lead in this quarter-final!

England 0-0 France

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15 mins: Declan Rice nicks the ball in the middle of the pitch and plays it up to Harry Kane who drives towards the box and looks for space to shoot.

Raphael Varane tracks him along the front edge before Dayot Upamecano arrives and both defenders force Kane to retreat and send the ball back to Rice.

England 0-0 France

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12 mins: Chance! Shaw dives into a tackle in midfield and doesn’t win the ball. A quick one-two gets Dembele into space on the right and he carries the ball up to the box before lifting a cross onto the head of Olivier Giroud.

The ball is slightly behind him though and his headed effort comes softly through to Jordan Pickford.

England 0-0 France

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11 mins: Good defensive work from Jude Bellingham after England get drawn out of position on their left side. Dembele receives the ball and flicks it behind Shaw to play Griezmann into space alongside the box.

Bellingham darts back and lunges into a tackle, winning the ball and pushing it behind for a corner that Harry Kane clears at the near post.

England 0-0 France

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8 mins: Mbappe receives the ball on the edge of the box and squares up to Walker before flicking the ball into the middle where Olivier Giroud attempts a scorpion kick and misses the ball.

It bobbles over to Shaw who is pressed by Dembele. He takes no chances and boots it out for a throw in.

England 0-0 France

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6 mins: Phil Foden shifts the ball away from Ousmane Dembele and wins a free kick on the left wing inside France’s final third. Luke Shaw swings the set piece into the box but Dayot Upamecano wins the initial ball and nods it clear.

This has a been a good start for the neutrals. Both teams look bright, sharp and willing to get forward.

England 0-0 France

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3 mins: Luke Shaw pushes forward on the left wing before linking up for Phil Foden and losing out to an interception as the ball gets squared across the face of the box.

France then break quickly with Theo Hernandez driving down the inside left before giving it to Kylian Mbappe. He drives at Kyle Walker and cuts inside but England get men back, mainly Jordan Henderson, and they stop Mbappe getting into the penalty area.

Kick off: England 0-0 France

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Antoine Griezmann gets the quarter-final underway for France who work it immediately over to Kylian Mbappe on the left wing but Kyle Walker leaps in front of the winger and wins the ball for England.

England vs France

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England vs France

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Here come the players.

Harry Kane leads out the Three Lions at the Al Bayt Stadium. England look focused but so do France.

Les Bleus also have Kylian Mbappe on their side who is arguably the best player in the world right now.

The anthems are up next just before kick off.

Didier Deschamps and Gareth Southgate share systems, styles and selection process - but not yet success

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It is a modern-day Entente Cordiale. Gareth Southgate and Didier Deschamps comprise a mutual admiration society. The England manager has been studying France’s successful 2018 World Cup campaign. His French counterpart approves of the way Southgate has overseen an improvement in England’s fortunes.

“I very much like Gareth,” he said. “We have met on a number of occasions and have talked about a number of things. He had a long and distinguished career and he is also a very good coach. He has enabled England to get some very good results over the years.”

Indeed, Deschamps believes he holds Southgate in higher esteem than many of the English. A soundtrack to the last World Cup was “Southgate, you’re the one.” By the time England lost 4-0 to Hungary in June, the message from the stands was different. “You don’t know what you’re doing,” was the verdict of many supporters.

If this World Cup with a series of successful calls - from backing Harry Maguire throughout to choosing Marcus Rashford against Wales to selecting Jordan Henderson against Senegal to preferring Phil Foden to Rashford on the left in the last 16 - has suggested Southgate actually has a sure touch, he also has a supporter in a World Cup winner. “If I am understood correctly, not everyone appreciates him so much in his own country,” Deschamps said.

Deschamps and Southgate share many similarities - but not yet success

Bellingham breaking records

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Jude Bellingham is the youngest player to start a World Cup quarter-final for England (19 years, 164 days) - the previous youngest was Wayne Rooney vs Portugal in 2006 (20 years, 250 days).

Can he become the youngest English player to reach the semi-finals?


World Cup 2022: England vs France

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Harry Kane captains England for an 11th time at the World Cup finals, a new record for the men’s side. He’s also just one goal behind Wayne Rooney’s England record of 53.

Tonight would be the ideal time for him to break that record.

World Cup 2022: England vs France

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Meanwhile in today’s other quarter-final, Morocco stunned Portugal to become the first African side in history to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Youssef El-Nesyri headed in just before half-time to score what would prove the winner in a famous 1-0 victory.

The Atlas Lions emerged winners from a group containing Belgium, Croatia and Canada before knocking Spain out in a penalty shootout in the last-16.

They will now face England or France in the last four.


France’s line-up

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Didier Deschamps also names an unchanged team as expected. Here’s how France line-up against England:

France XI: Lloris; Kounde, Upamecano, Varane, Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

England’s line-up

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Gareth Southgate has named an unchanged team to the one that defeated Senegal last time out.

That means a back four of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw whilst Jordan Henderson keeps his place in midfield. Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka start alongside Harry Kane in the front three.

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

Lloris on Kane

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France captain, Hugo Lloris, was asked whether his team would be able to handle his Tottenham team mate Harry Kane when they come up against each other tonight.

“I only have positive things to say. He’s a very important player for the club and indeed for the England team as well.” said Lloris, “He’s a real leader, an example for his team-mates and he is a top player. He’s been decisive for his club and very often he makes the difference.

“Harry is known all over the world so I can’t really add much. But he’ll be an opponent. We’ll both be representing our countries so our focus will be on that.

“You know better than me that Harry has the ability to shoot anywhere. He’s one of the best probably at this aspect of the game.

“Obviously for Harry or the other English players, they will be analysing their penalties. Then, it is all about feeling, all about instinct that you get during the match.

“Before you get to a penalty shootout, it is the time to make the difference on the pitch. We’ll see. Anything can become decisive in what will be a big game.

“We have to be ready for every scenario.”

So, how do England stop Kylian Mbappe?

18:41 , Luke Baker

You would be forgiven for thinking that England only have to come up against one player on Saturday. And yet even if that were the case, we would still be talking about quite the player. Kylian Mbappé has almost been the sole focus of the build-up to this World Cup quarter-final against France, as this tournament’s top scorer puts forward a compelling case to be the best in the world.

There is every chance that somebody else makes the difference at the Al Bayt. As several England squad members have been at pains to point out this week, the reigning world champions are hardly a one-man team. There is also the enduring quality of Antoine Griezmann, a rejuvenated Ousmane Dembele, not to mention France’s record goalscorer Olivier Giroud. Who knows, maybe even an England player could be the matchwinner.

But sometimes, the most important individual battle is also the most obvious one. Take this year’s Champions League final, for example. The contest between Vinicius Jr and Trent Alexander-Arnold was highlighted by just about everybody as where the game would be won and lost. Lo and behold, Real Madrid’s winning goal – the only goal – was scored by Vinicius, stealing in at the far post after Alexander-Arnold had lost track of his run.

So, how do England stop Kylian Mbappe?

Gareth Southgate on the threat posed by Kylian Mbappe

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The England boss spoke to ITV before kick off and addressed how the Three Lions will take on Kylian Mbappe.

“It’s the same way that we prepare for every team.” he said, “You’re looking at all the patterns of how they play, the individuals within the team. Are there specifics that need to be highlighted?

“As much as we might highlight Mbappe, we’ve got to pay due attention to Olivier Giroud and how he gets his goals, and Antoine Griezmann has played over 70 consecutive games for France. There’s a clue there in how important he is to them, I think he’s a phenomenal player.

“So if we don’t go into the detail and the specifics for those particular players in a game at this level then you’re not doing your due diligence really.”

Gareth Southgate defends England tactics and details how to stop Kylian Mbappe

18:40 , Luke Baker

Gareth Southgate has bullishly defended his tactical approach, saying his job is “to win football matches” and “not just have a philosophy”.

The debate around England’s attack has formed one of the main remaining criticisms of the manager, with Southgate commonly perceived as lacking a big idea compared to other major nations.

In what could be construed as a pointed line about Spain and Germany’s World Cup campaigns though, Southgate said: “If you’re going home at the start of the tournament then the philosophy doesn’t wash”.

The England boss also said that, contrary to perceptions, he would rather not play a three-man centre-half line.

Gareth Southgate defends tactics and details how England can stop Kylian Mbappe