Before France and England qualified for the Quarter-finals, both the teams were looking in great shape during the Group stages and also topped their respective groups. Although, England are yet to lose a match in the World cup as their only game that went goalless was against Group B team USA.
Meanwhile, France’s last group stage fixture did not go too well but Didier Deschamps fielded a completely rotated side during their 1-0 loss against Tunisia. However, against Poland, Les Blues had put up a show and seem to be relentlessly keeping their title defense alive.
Kylian Mbappe is in red hot form scoring 5 goals already and leading the race for the golden boot. He is thriving furthermore having players around him like Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and co. England on the other hand scored 13 goals in the tournament and the combination as well as the balance that Gareth Southgate has brought into the team is a positive sign.
Harry Kane is the leading play maker at the moment with 3 assists and players like Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, Jude Bellingham alongside other experienced players have made them one of the favorites to win the tournament.
The European giants are all set to square off on Sunday, December 11 and give themselves a chance to go all the way to play the Final at the Lusail Stadium in a week’s time.
In the mean time England’s manager Southgate has warned his side about the threat France are capable of producing and also said that France will be the toughest test for England.
“They’re world champions with an incredible depth of talent and outstanding individual players. They’re very difficult to play against and score goals against, so it’s a fantastic challenge and a brilliant game to prepare for. They’re world champions with an incredible depth of talent and outstanding individual players. They’re very difficult to play against and score goals against, so it’s a fantastic challenge and a brilliant game to prepare for.”
said Gareth Southgate after a cruising 3-0 win against Senegal at the Round of 16.
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