FIFA WC 2022 | England vs France | Quarter-Finals | Preview & prediction | H2H Record | line-up

In the round of eight (quarterfinals), England will face France at Twickenham Stadium in Qatar. England won comfortably against surprise entertainer Senegal 4-0, with goals from Saka, Henderson, and Kane.

France beat Poland 3-1, courtesy of goals from Oliver Giroud and two from Kylian Mbappe.

England's and France's Head-to-Head Record

There have been only two World Cup meetings between them since 1930.

The first came in 1966 when England defeated Les Bleus 2-0 to win the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Sixteen years later, in 1982, it was the Three Lions who were victorious again, with Bryan Robson famously netting within 30 seconds in a 3-1 triumph.

England hasn't been as dominant in recent meetings, despite spending the majority of their time in international friendly matches. 

There was a 2-1 defeat in 2004 and then a 1-1 draw at Euro 2012 before a 2-0 victory at Wembley in 2015.

And the latest game was a friendly last June in Paris, where England were beaten 3-2 despite Harry Kane scoring two goals.

The face-off between England vs France

20 Jul 1966France vs. EnglandW2-0FIFA World Cup
16 Jun 1982France vs. EnglandW3-1FIFA World Cup
10 May 1923France vs. EnglandW1-4International Friendly
17 May 1924France vs. EnglandW1-3International Friendly
21 May 1925France vs. EnglandW2-3International Friendly
26 May 1927France vs. EnglandW0-6International Friendly
17 May 1928France vs. EnglandW1-5International Friendly
09 May 1929France vs. EnglandW1-4International Friendly
14 May 1931France vs. EnglandL5-2International Friendly
06 Dec 1933France vs. EnglandW4-1International Friendly
26 May 1938France vs. EnglandW2-4International Friendly
03 May 1947France vs. EnglandW3-0International Friendly
22 May 1949France vs. EnglandW1-3International Friendly
03 Oct 1951France vs. EnglandD2-2International Friendly
15 May 1955France vs. EnglandL1-0International Friendly
27 Nov 1957France vs. EnglandW4-0International Friendly
12 Mar 1969France vs. EnglandW5-0International Friendly
29 Feb 1984France vs. EnglandL2-0International Friendly
19 Feb 1992France vs. EnglandW2-0International Friendly
10 Feb 1999France vs. EnglandL0-2International Friendly
02 Sep 2000France vs. EnglandD1-1International Friendly
26 Mar 2008France vs. EnglandL1-0International Friendly
17 Nov 2010France vs. EnglandL1-2International Friendly
17 Nov 2015France vs. EnglandW2-0International Friendly
13 Jun 2017France vs. EnglandL3-2International Friendly
07 Jun 1997France vs. EnglandW0-1France Tournoi
03 Oct 1962France vs. EnglandD1-1UEFA European Championship
27 Feb 1963France vs. EnglandL5-2UEFA European Championship
14 Jun 1992France vs. EnglandD0-0UEFA European Championship
13 Jun 2004England vs FranceL2-1UEFA European Championship
11 Jun 2012England vs FranceD1-1UEFA European Championship

Last five meetings

  • March 26, 2008, Lose 0-1 (International Friendly)
  • November 17, 2010: LOST 1-2 (International Friendly).
  • June 11, 2012: Draw 1-1 (Euro 2012)
  • November 17, 2015: WON 2-0 (international friendly).
  • On June 13, 2017, LOSS 2-3 (International Friendly)

What happened during the group stages and the Round of 16?

England won two matches and drew one. England were paired with Iran and the USA, and Gareth Bale led Wales. England won by a comfortable margin (6-2), where Saka scored two goals and his teammates Bellingham, Rashford, Sterling, and Grealish also scored. However, they drew against the USA.

In the match against Wales, the English won 3-0 with goals from Foden and a brace from Marcus Rashford. In the last round of 16, they were faced with Senegal, and they made easy work of dismantling the Senegalese. Kane, Henderson, and Saka scored to beat them by a comfortable margin (3-0).

France won two matches and lost one. France was paired with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia. France won by a comfortable margin, with Kylian Mbappe scoring, Olivier Giroud scoring twice, and Rabiot also scoring. 

They won 2-1 against Denmark, where Mbappe scored. In the last match against Tunisia, the French suffered a shock 1-0 loss at the hands of the minnows. France was paired with Poland in their last 16 round. The French beat the Poles 3-1 to advance to the last eight. Giroud scored the third goal of the World Cup, and Mbappe scored five goals in the World Cup to steer himself clear of the Golden Boot.

England vs France team news

England team news

Ben White left the England squad due to personal reasons last week. Raheem Sterling took a plane out of Qatar after his home was robbed, but he may still play a role.

Declan Rice has started every match at the World Cup but was unable to participate in a training session leading up to the knockout round due to illness. John Stones left the game against Senegal with a hamstring strain, and Callum Wilson has a muscular strain.

England's predicted lineup vs. France

England Starting 11 (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Henderson, Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Kane, Foden.

Bench: Pope, Ramsdale, Coady, Dier, Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Phillips, Gallagher, Rashford, Madison, Grealish, Mount, Wilson

France team news

There was a ray of hope from all those Three Lions fans when Kylian Mbappe missed a French training session ahead of the tie. However, the team's leading scorer and World Cup scorer is expected to be leading the pack.

France's likely lineup vs. England

France starting 11 (4-3-3): Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Hernandez; Griezmann, Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Giroud, Mbappe.

Bench: Areola, Mandanda, Disasi, Konate, Saliba, Pavard, Veretout, Camavinga, Fofana, Guendouzi, Coman, Kolo Muani, and Thuram.

England vs France date, kickoff time, and venue

  • Location: Al Khor, Qatar
  • Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
  • Date: Saturday, December 10th
  • Kick-off Time: 19:00 GMT/14:00 ET (11:00 PT/12:30 IST)
  • Where to Watch: 1) India: Jio Cinemas or Sports 18

                                        2) UK: BBC One and iPlayer

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