England v France LIVE commentary: Gareth Southgate’s side take on Kylian Mbappe and co for a World Cup semi-final spot


England face their toughest challenge for World Cup glory yet when they take on France for a place in the last four at the weekend.

The Three Lions ruthlessly sent Senegal 3-0 down to set up a quarter-final clash with the defending champions and it will be live on talkSPORT.


Jordan Henderson opened the scoring against Senegal

2018 World Cup winner Harry Kane finally managed to score against the Teranga Lions either side of goals from Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka.

And Gareth Southgate will need the Tottenham talisman firing full throttle when his side take on this year’s competition top scorer Kylian Mbappe.

The Blues also made light work of their last 16 opponents, with Mbappe scoring twice and assisting another in a routine 3-1 win over Poland.

England v France: talkSPORT coverage

This clash of the quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, December 10.

The game will be played at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor – the same as Senegal’s victory – and will kick off at 7pm.

talkSPORT will have live coverage of the England game, with our pre-show starting at five with Adrian Durham as presenter.

Comments will then come from Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce.

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Mbappe once again provided the goods to France


Mbappe once again provided the goods to France

England v France: Squad rosters and news

Raheem Sterling has left the World Cup camp to return to the UK ahead of the game against Senegal after armed intruders burst into his home overnight and it remains to be confirmed whether he will return.

Arsenal defender Ben White has also left camp and will be a confirmed absentee, with Southgate also set to decide which of Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Saka will partner Kane in attack.

But Declan Rice missed practice on Wednesday due to illness, so it remains to be seen if he recovers.

Callum Wilson is also doubtful after sustaining a minor calf sprain.

Meanwhile, France are without Karim Benzema through injury meaning Olivier Giroud will start his attack again, but Mbappe is nursing a minor ankle problem and trained indoors on Tuesday .


  • Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale
  • Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
  • Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Conor Gallagher
  • Attackers: Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson, James Maddison


  • Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda
  • Defenders: Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Axel Disasi, Ibrahima Konate, Jules Kounde, Benjamin Pavard, William Saliba, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane
  • Midfielders Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Matteo Guendouzi, Adrien Rabiot, Aurélien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout
  • Forwards: Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Christopher Nkunku, Marcus Thuram

Kane scored his first goal at this World Cup against Senegal


Kane scored his first goal at this World Cup against Senegal

England vs France: what was said?

Stuart Pearce has outlined the special plans England need to put in place to quash Mbappe’s World Cup quarter-final threat.

When asked how you stop Mbappe, the England legend told talkSPORT: “Kyle Walker is going to have to have the match of his life, there’s no doubt about it.

“We’re going to have to stop the supply line to him.

“They have a front four and real talent in that front four, with Mbappe being the pick of the lot with his pace, energy and goal threat.

“You have to prevent the ball from going into him and then double up on him when he has the ball. To do that, you have to press aggressively.

England v France: The facts of the match

  • This will be the third World Cup meeting between England and France, with the Three Lions winning the previous two, a 2-0 win in 1966 and 3-1 in 1982, both in the group stage.
  • France have lost just one of their last eight meetings with England in all competitions (W5 D2), a 2-0 friendly defeat in November 2015. It is the first meeting of the two nations since June 2017, when the Blues won a friendly match. 3-2.
  • England have been knocked out of six of their last eight World Cup knockout matches against other European nations. By contrast, France have improved since eight of their last 10 World Cup knockout matches against European opponents (including the third-place play-offs and the final).
  • France will be the first defending champions to appear in the quarter-finals of the World Cup since Brazil in 2006. France have won three games at the 2022 World Cup so far, while the Brazil team of 2006 (4) is the only defending champion. to have won more in a single tournament in this century.
  • Gareth Southgate is looking to become the first England manager to guide the country to two World Cup semi-finals, having reached the last four in 2018. The Three Lions’ other two semi-finals were led by Alf Ramsey in 1966. and Bobby Robson in 1990.
  • England are looking to win three consecutive World Cup matches for the first time since 1990, when the third such game came in the quarter-finals. The Three Lions have won three of their four matches at this year’s World Cup (D1); they won only one more edition of the tournament in 1966 by winning the title (five).
  • France are unbeaten in the 13 games in which Kylian Mbappé started in the World Cup and European Championships combined (W10 D3), winning all nine games in which he started in the World Cup. The Frenchman has been directly involved in 12 goals in those 13 starts, scoring nine goals and providing three assists.
  • England have scored 12 goals in their four 2022 World Cup games, their most at a single major tournament (World Cup/Euros), having also scored 12 at the 2018 World Cup Those 12 goals were scored by eight different players, the most goalscorers in the country in a single edition of a major tournament (excluding own goals).
  • Harry Kane has scored 52 goals for England in all competitions, one shy of Wayne Rooney’s all-time high for the nation (53). Of these 52 goals, 11 were scored in major tournaments (7 World Cups, 4 Euros), a record for the Three Lions, ahead of Gary Lineker (10, all in the World Cup).
  • Olivier Giroud scored three goals for France at the 2022 World Cup, only Kylian Mbappé scored more for Les Bleus (5). The only player aged 36 and over to score more than three times in a single World Cup tournament was Roger Milla for Cameroon in 1990 (four goals at 38).

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