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England 1-2 France – Match report, player ratings, fan reaction and more

Match report

France kept hopes of a pair of World Cup titles on the spin alive and well on Saturday night, courtesy of a hard-fought downing of England.

The final fixture of the World Cup’s quarter-final round, of course, was played to completion a short time ago.

After all of Argentina, Croatia and Morocco booked their respective spots in the competition’s final-4, it was the turn of England and France to lock horns, in a highly-anticipated showdown in Al Khor.

The evening’s scoring was opened inside 20 minutes, upon Aurelien Tchouameni driving a stunning effort from 25 yards beyond the clutches of Jordan Pickford:

England, though, on the back of a prolonged spell of pressure, were rewarded for their efforts early in the 2nd-half, when Harry Kane lashed home a fine spot-kick:

France’s advantage was then restored by all-time top scorer Olivier Giroud, who nodded home a trademark header, with a little help from Harry Maguire, inside the closing quarter of an hour.

And, just minutes on from Giroud notching what proved to be the game’s winner, the Three Lions had not only a final chance to equalise once more, but a golden one at that.

After substitute Mason Mount was needlessly felled by Theo Hernandez in the French penalty area, Harry Kane was afforded the chance to double his tally for the evening.

In frankly remarkable scenes, however, Kane, on this occasion, failed to step up to the plate, blasting his ensuing effort some way clear of Hugo Lloris’ crossbar:

France, in turn, march on to the Qatar showpiece, with England, on the other hand, forced to depart world football’s grandest stage with thoughts of what might have been front and centre once more.

Player ratings


  • Jordan Pickford – 6
  • Kyle Walker – 6
  • John Stones – 6
  • Harry Maguire – 6.5
  • Luke Shaw – 5.5
  • Declan Rice – 7
  • Jordan Henderson – 6.5
  • Jude Bellingham – 7
  • Bukayo Saka – 7.5
  • Phil Foden – 6.5
  • Harry Kane – 6

Substitutes: Raheem Sterling – 5, Mason Mount – 6, Marcus Rashford – N/A, Jack Grealish – N/A


  • Hugo Lloris – 7
  • Jules Kounde – 7
  • Raphael Varane – 6.5
  • Dayot Upamecano – 6
  • Theo Hernandez – 4.5
  • Aurelien Tchouameni – 7
  • Adrien Rabiot – 7
  • Antoine Griezmann – 8
  • Ousmane Dembele – 6.5
  • Kylian Mbappe – 6
  • Olivier Giroud – 7

Substitutes: Kingsley Coman – 5

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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