What TV channel is England vs France on? Free live stream and full talkSPORT coverage of World Cup 2022 quarter-final clash
England and France will go head-to-head for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup tonight.
The Three Lions comfortably beat Senegal 3-0 in the last 16, while Les Bleus dispatched Poland 3-1 to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash.
Harry Kane grabbed his first World Cup goal of the 2022 edition against the Lions of Teranga
The defending world champions have an in-form Kylian Mbappe in their side and are determined to make it back-to-back World Cup titles.
But Gareth Southgate’s side are playing with great confidence, so they will feel they can continue their run and make it to the last four at France’s expense.
And if they do, Morocco await.
England v France: How to watch on TV
This quarter-final tie will kick-off at 7pm UK time (10pm local time) on Saturday, December 10.
It is being shown on ITV One from 6pm.
It will be shown free-to-air and you can also live stream it for free on the ITVX.
ITV also had the England vs Senegal match as they have first pick over both the last-16 and quarter-final games.
But the BBC will have the action live if England make it to the semi-finals.
England v France: How to listen on the radio
Full coverage from the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor will be live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 5pm.
Adrian Durham will be your host with Jim Proudfoot and Stuart Pearce providing commentary.
talkSPORT.com will also have a live blog of the action too.
talkSPORT World Cup 2022 Coverage
talkSPORT is bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup.
We are broadcasting all 64 games in the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network.
You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.
talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
You can also download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.
England v France: Squads and team news
talkSPORT understands England will name an unchanged XI from their win over Senegal in the round of 16.
Declan Rice was initially a doubt with illness but he is expected to start.
Raheem Sterling is back in Qatar and is likely to be included in the matchday squad.
The 28-year-old did not feature in Sunday’s last-16 win against Senegal due to concerns over his family’s wellbeing following an incident at his home in Surrey.
And Callum Wilson has recovered from a minor niggle to give Southgate more options off the bench.
Meanwhile, France are without Lucas Hernandez and Karim Benzema from their original squad due to injury.
Mbappe is also nursing a small ankle issue but is expected to be fine.
Therefore, they could name an unchanged XI from the one that beat Poland.
- Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle United), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
- Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)
- Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)
- Forwards: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United), James Maddison (Leicester City)
- Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham United), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Stade Rennais)
- Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Axel Disasi (AS Monaco), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United)
- Midfielders Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (AS Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Marseille)
- Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach)
England v France: What has been said?
Gareth Southgate is relishing England’s “acid test” against the reigning champions.
“We’ve got a brilliant tie, haven’t we?” the England boss said.
“The two quarter-finals are fabulous football nations, great history, couldn’t be more exciting.
“Our history is not quite as good as all the others, by the way, but we’re really pleased.
“I’ve just been told it’s the first time we’ve won knockout games in three consecutive tournaments.
“That’s another bit of history that this team has managed to achieve and we’ve got to keep trying to do that.”
Four years ago England’s World Cup dreams were extinguished at the semi-final stage with an extra-time loss to Croatia, which they followed up by reaching last year’s European Championship final.
Those runs underlined their progress but Southgate has always stressed the need to start beating elite nations on a regular basis if they are to become the best side in the world.
“You know, this is the acid test for us,” Southgate added. “We know it’s a step up from everything we’ve had so far.
“But the team have garnered so much experience in the last few years. They’re playing with confidence.
“We look threatening, we’re scoring goals, another clean sheet, which was really pleasing to see.
“So, we’re in a good place, but we know the level of the opposition as well.”
GettyKylian Mbappe has five goals at this World Cup, so England will need to find a way to stop him
England v France: Match facts
- This will be the third World Cup meeting between England and France, with the Three Lions winning both of the previous two, a 2-0 victory in 1966 and 3-1 in 1982, both in the group stage.
- France have only lost one of their last eight meetings with England across all competitions (W5 D2), a 2-0 defeat in a friendly in November 2015. This is the two nations’ first encounter since June 2017, when Les Bleus won a friendly 3-2.
- England have been eliminated from six of their last eight World Cup knockout matches against fellow European nations. By contrast, France have progressed from eight of their last 10 World Cup knockout matches against European opposition (includes third-place play-off and final).
- France will be the first reigning champions to participate in the quarter-final of the World Cup since Brazil in 2006. France have won three games at the 2022 World Cup so far, while that Brazil team from 2006 (4) are the only reigning champions to have won more in a single tournament this century.
- Gareth Southgate is looking to become the first England manager to guide the nation to two World Cup semi-finals, having reached the final four in 2018. The Three Lions’ only other two semi-final appearances at the finals came under 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 match came in the quarter-final. The Three Lions have won three of their four matches at this year’s World Cup (D1); they have only won more at a single edition of the tournament in 1966 when winning the title (five).
- France are unbeaten in the 13 games in which Kylian Mbappé has started in the World Cup and European Championships combined (W10 D3), winning all nine in which he has started at the World Cup. The Frenchman has been directly involved in 12 goals in these 13 starts, scoring nine and making three assists.
- England have scored 12 goals in their four games at the 2022 World Cup, their joint-most at a single major tournament (World Cup/Euros), having also scored 12 at the 2018 World Cup. These 12 goals have been scored by eight different players, the nation’s outright most ever number of scorers at a single edition of a major tournament (excl. own goals).
- Harry Kane has scored 52 goals for England in all competitions, just one short of Wayne Rooney’s all-time record for the nation (53). Of those 52 goals, 11 have been scored in major tournaments (7 World Cup, 4 Euros), a record for the Three Lions, ahead of Gary Lineker (10, all at World Cup).
- Olivier Giroud has scored three goals for France at the 2022 World Cup, with only Kylian Mbappé netting more for Les Bleus (5). The only player aged 36+ to score more than three times in a single World Cup tournament was Roger Milla for Cameroon in 1990 (four goals at the age of 38).
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