France v England Preview

England face France in Paris on Tuesday in a friendly game that will bring a long season to a close.

Both teams come into the game after struggling at the weekend in their most recent World Cup qualifiers.

France lost to Sweden, whilst England needed a last-minute equaliser against Scotland to salvage a draw.

Gareth Southgate and his French counter-part Didier Deschamps look set to make a number of changes and give some fringe players their chance.

“France is a great challenge for us. Our ambition with our friendly matches is to play the best possible teams – we’ve done that by playing Spain and Germany already,” Southgate said.

“They’re teams we want to test ourselves against and these are great opportunities to learn and improve. A game away in the Stade de Frabnce will be a brilliant occasion for the players.”

England do not have a great recent record in France and have won only one of their last six away matches on French soil. However, The Three Lions won the last friendly meeting between the two which was at Wembley in last 2015.

Tuesday’s match will be the first senior England fixture with a video assistant referee – VAR.

The use of VARs is being trialled by world governing body Fifa and could feature in next year’s World Cup if all goes to plan..

Italian Davide Massa will referee the match, with two normal assistant referees plus compatriots Marco Guida and Massimiliano Irrati providing television support from the sidelines.

The VARs can be used to review; Goals where there may have been a violation or offside missed during the build-up; Penalty decisions; Red cards and Mistaken identity.

Massa will officiate as normal but there will be recourse to utilise technology, initiated either by the VAR or by the referee, who can call for a review process by outlining a square with his hands.

See below for a run-down on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder and columnist Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey, together with everything you need to know from the bookies – this week with Ladbrokes’s Richard Marsh.

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France 20:00 England

MATCH ODDS: France 5/6 Draw 5/2 England 10/3
ANDY SAYS: Be a tough one, probably a draw for me – 1-1
TGT INSIDER SAYS: France will be looking to bounce back and will probably edge this one 3-2
HT/FT: England/Draw 14/1

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