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‘Hoping and believing’: England prepare for ultimate World Cup test against France

England must end France’s reign as world champions to become world champions.

England has never defeated the holders at a World Cup.

France will be Gareth Southgate’s ultimate test at Al Bayt Stadium Saturday night in his quest to reach the third semi-final of the tournament.

Captain Harry Kane stated that he felt like the belief was growing over the past five years.


“We entered this tournament believing and hoping to win.”

It will be crucial to nullify Qatar 20022 top scorer Kylian Mbappe – this is a possible task for Kyle Walker.

Image: Kyle Walker & Kylian Mbappe were last seen going head-to-head in September 2021 during a Champions League match. Pic: AP

Southgate stated that Kyle is available. Although we’re referring to one opposition team, France is a formidable team and all their players are known.”

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Mbappe has not only scored five goals for France, but he has also set up two more.

Olivier Giroud, which is often overlooked, is another.

Image Jordan Henderson celebrating scoring against Senegal

France’s record 52 goals have been set by the former Arsenal and Chelsea striker, who scored three goals.

Hugo Lloris spent the past decade at Tottenham in London as the France goal.

The captain of France stated that most of his players are familiar with them. “We are used to playing against them.

“Some of us play and train with them every day in England, and if we can assist our teammates with any specific knowledge about them, we do so.

“Yes, set pieces are their strength, they’re tall, and they have good players who can take good free kicks. Every little thing is going to matter.”

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England will maintain solidity at its back.

Only goals were conceded in the opening victory against Iran (6-2), which was already won. In the subsequent three games, clean sheets were maintained.

England are not dependent on Kane at the front. He is just one goal away from Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53 goals.

Only one goal from England has been scored by the captain, with eight other scorers to France’s 3.

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Kane believes that the Euro 2020 finalist have more belief than those in Russia in 2018, when they were denied the chance to face France by Croatia.

Croatia could be back in the finals after reaching the semi-finals , where they defeated Brazil in a penalty shootout. This set up a meeting between Argentina and Croatia, who beat the Netherlands in the quarters.

Portugal and Morocco will be the semi-final opponents to England or France.


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