England v France Tips – Three Lions can bounce back from Spanish defeat

England can put behind them their disappointing result in Alicante on Friday

England v France Tips – Three Lions can bounce back from Spanish defeat

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Glen Laidlaw

November 17th, 2015

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England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain was unsurprisingly overshadowed by the horrific events unfolding in the French capital, however the hosts of Euro 2016 will nevertheless be heading across the English Channel to face the Three Lions at Wembley.

It is fairly certain that the minds of the French team will still be on the dreadful events of Friday evening, however this match will be played out in a spirit of defiance at these events as well as a huge amount of respect to those who fell victim to the murderous acts of the terrorists.

Indeed, football may be something of an afterthought at Wembley tonight, although we do expect an entertaining performance from both teams as they continue their preparations for Euro 2016.

Roy Hodgson’s England tasted defeat for the first time since their World Cup exit last summer and their 2-0 defeat to Spain was arguably their first really competitive match since that competition, given that they stormed through what was in reality a fairly easy qualifying group.

Indeed, England have failed to defeat the French since 1997 with four defeats and two draws since then and they will struggle against a side who have triumphed in all but one of their last five outings. French coach Didier Deschamps will rotate his side ahead of this match with Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Andre-Pierre Gignac all looking set to make an appearance tonight.

Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson will also make a few changes following Friday’s defeat and Michael Carrick will play no part in tonight’s match following possible damage to his ankle ligament. Jamie Vardy will also be absent, however Jesse Lingard will be expected to make a start.

This encounter will certainly be a decent chance to see how the Three Lions cope against one of the favourites to lift next summer’s Euro 2016 title, however with Friday’s events still fresh in the mind, the outcome of this clash may be far from the forefront of the players’ minds and a stalemate looks the most likely outcome.

That’s not to say that there won’t be goals and we’ll be backing Olivier Giroud to add to his international tally of 13 goals in 44 appearances. Giroud is 28/11 at 888sport on the anytime goalscorer market.

 

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