France vs England

Published by on June 13, 2017

England escaped their World Cup qualifier against Scotland with a draw, but it is not a result that will have filled them with confidence ahead of their friendly with France.

Stand-in captain Harry Kane came to the rescue against the Auld Enemy, but the Three Lions will know that a 2-2 draw against a relative minnow in international football was not good enough.

Central midfield continues to be a big problem for Gareth Southgate. Neither Jake Livermore nor Eric Dier were convincing at Hampden Park, and conversely, that is an area of the park where France are particularly strong.

It’s no surprise that England are at 3/1, while France are at 10/11.

The last time they met, England won 2-0, but that came just days after the Paris attacks and it was widely acknowledged that the thoughts of Les Blues lay elsewhere.

That game was also memorable as it provided the moment when Dele Alli announced his arrival on the international scene with a thunderbolt past Tottenham teammate Hugo Lloris.

Lloris is ordinarily ranked as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but England’s attackers will fancy their chances against him after his howler gifted Sweden a late victory on Friday night.

Harry Kane is at a decent price of 6/1 to score first, but Olivier Giroud might be an even better pick at 4/1. Ordinarily, the two can’t even be compared but the Arsenal striker scored an absolute beauty against Sweden and could see an opportunity to put himself in the shop window ahead of a potential move away from the Emirates this summer.