Just four days after the atrocities that occurred in Paris, The French national team will travel to England to take on the home country at the Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. A series of terror attacks in the capital city of France took the whole world by shock killing 129 people and leaving another 100 in a critical state.
But suddenly the game of football takes on an enhanced meaning when the French Internationals arrive in England for this international friendly. The game is no longer a contest between the sides as much as it is about a message to all the people responsible for the attacks. It demonstrates the spirit of the sport and is like an arrow driven straight through the heart of all such jihadists who wants to see the cities locked down.
Here is a preview of this game as both teams get ready to get their minds back to football after the unfortunate incident.
England will play France at the Wembley Stadium on Tuesday the 17th of November. The kick-off is scheduled at 20:00 GMT (1:30 pm IST on Wednesday).
Roy Hodgson the manager of the England national team has a vastly talented squad available for this game. He is expected to ring the changes from the 2-0 defeat to Spain. John Stones and Gary Cahill are expected to start in defense and the manager is also expected to rest some key players like Harry Kane who have played a lot of football coming into the International break. Dele Alli of Tottenham is also expected to start for England. Jesse Lingard, the Manchester United player was also called into the squad for this game by the manger.
Didier Deschamps will have a similar squad as the one he played against Germany on the catastrophic day of the bombings. Diarra who lost his cousin in the blasts is expected to travel with the team to England for this Friendly. The French National Team were given the choice to opt out of this game in the wake of the suicide attacks, but the whole squad has agreed to travel for this game, re-insuring that the perpetrators of Paris do not triumph over the sport.
The England manger Hodgson has welcomed the spirit of players from France to travel to the country and urged the English nation to show their support and solidarity to their opponents during their travel. It is also planned that the game will be used to pay respects to all the people who lost their lives in the tragic incident on Friday.
Hart, Clyne, Cahill, Stones, Bertrand, Alli, Delph, Sterling, Barkley, Rooney, Kane
Lloris, Sagna, Mangala, Koscielny, Digne, Schneiderlin, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Pogba, Martial, Gignac
The match between the two nations shows the kind of a world we live in. It shows the blessed state that we are in and that no amount of violence and disruption to peace can divide nations. The decision to go ahead with this game, just days after the incident shows the unity among countries and it is a slap on the face to all the people who try to jeopardize it.
England and Wembley are all set to show their support and solidarity to their fellow nation which was rocked on Friday. When Roy Hodgson and Didier Deschamps lead their teams out onto the field tomorrow, the cheers from the crowd will be heard all over the world. Two nations speaking in different tongue will come together and prove that life will move on even in the wake of the evil that visited Paris on Friday.
England are back from a 2-0 loss to Spain who outplayed their opponents but are unbeaten so far in the qualifiers. Hodgson would love to forget the previous result as a one-off and will want his team to get a victory in this match that will assume a higher amount of significance than a normal 90-minute football match.
France, on the other hand, were shocked at the end of last weekend after the game where they successfully beat the World Cup winners Germany. The game will revolve more around the emotional comeback to football after the bombing incident and the visitors will hope they can take back a result from this game.
England 1-0 France