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England v France: 2022 World Cup quarter-final – live | World Cup 2022

Key events

England name the same XI that started the 3-0 win over Senegal. Jordan Pickford wins his 50th cap. Raheem Sterling is back on the bench, having briefly returned to England following a burglary at his home.

Reigning champions France also name an unchanged team after beating Poland 3-1. Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris wins his 143rd cap, breaking the all-time record for appearances in France. He previously (and briefly) shared the record with Lilian Thuram (142).

England players gather on the pitch before the clash with France.
England players gather on the pitch before the clash with France. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

The teams

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Henderson, Rice, Bellingham, Saka, Kane, Foden.
Subs: Grealish, Sterling, Rashford, Trippier, Pope, Phillips, Dier, Coady, Alexander-Arnold, Mount, Ramsdale, Wilson, Maddison, Gallagher.

France: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Theo Hernandez, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud.
Replacements: Pavard, Disasi, Guendouzi, Muani, Fofana, Veretout, Mandanda, Saliba, Coman, Areola, Konaté, Camavinga, Thuram.

Arbitrator: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil).

This third chance rule favoring France, then. Alexandre writes: “Curiously, a somewhat similar French proverb is ‘never two without three‘ (never twice without three times). In other words, something that happened twice will happen a third time. Proverbs turn against their own country! Now I don’t know what to think. All we know for certain is that a pithy saying will be seriously compromised tonight.

Some happier news. Our man Jason Rodrigues was cycling through London and spotted Moroccan fans reacting as you would expect to their historic win over Portugal. Click below for good vibes.

A touching tribute to Grant Wahl. Flowers have been placed in the press box in memory of the much-loved American sports journalist who died last night during the Argentina-Netherlands match. Condolences to his friends and family.

Grant Wahl (1974-2022)
Grant Wahl (1974-2022) Photo: Héctor Vivas/FIFA/Getty Images

We now know who will face England or France in the semi-finals. Morocco have spent the last two hours holding Portugal at arm’s length, winning 1-0 and deservedly becoming the first African nation to qualify for the last four. Walid Regragui’s breakthrough side could have had more than Youssef En-Nesyri’s winning goal today too. I’d hazard a guess that Gareth Southgate and Didier Deschamps, given the choice of potential semi-final opponents, would have both opted for Morocco… but good luck breaking through that defence, and there’s plenty of counter-flair too. attack in there. Here is the semi-final line-up as it is…

  • Tuesday 13: Argentina – Croatia (19:00 GMT, Lusail Iconic Stadium)

  • Wednesday 14: England/France – Morocco (7 p.m. GMT, Al Bayt stadium)

Feelings of anticipation and excitement mixed with very real fear? They are perfectly natural. Go with them.


England face France tonight for only the third time in a World Cup final. The good news: they have won the two previous meetings, Roger Hunt’s two goals are enough at Wembley in 1966; Bryan Robson scored after 27 seconds to spark a 3-1 victory at España 82. The bad news: France enter this game with both Kylian Mbappé and the third chance rule on their side. Kick off is at 7:00 p.m. GMT, 10:00 p.m. at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. يحدث! It’s on!

España 82, and a Proustian rush for a certain generation. Gotta love ITV Sport theme guru Jeff Wayne (OK, and War of the Worlds dude)!

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