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England v France LIVE commentary: Gareth Southgate’s side face Kylian Mbappe and co for place in World Cup semi-finals – date, kick-off time and how to listen to talkSPORT

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

The Three Lions ruthlessly dispatched Senegal 3-0 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

Jordan Henderson opened the scoring against Senegal

The World Cup 2018 Golden Boot winner Harry Kane finally got off the mark against the the Lions of Teranga either side of goals from Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka.

And Gareth Southgate will need the Tottenham talisman firing on all cylinders when his side face this year’s competition’s top scorer Kylian Mbappe.

Les 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 quarter-finals clash will take place on Saturday, December 10.

The game will be played at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor – the same one as the Senegal victory – and will kick-off at 7pm.

talkSPORT will have live coverage of England’s match, with our pre-show starting at five with Adrian Durham as your presenter.

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

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Mbappe provided the goods for France once again

Mbappe provided the goods for France once again

England v France: Squads and team news

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

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

France meanwhile are without Karim Benzema due to injury, meaning Olivier Giroud will be spearing their attack once more alongside Mbappe.


  • 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
  • Forwards: 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, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout
  • Forwards: Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Christopher Nkunku, Marcus Thuram

Kane grabbed his first goal at this World Cup against Senegal

Kane grabbed his first goal at this World Cup against Senegal

England v France: What has been said?

Stuart Pearce has outlined the special plans England must make to nullify the threat of Mbappe in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Asked how you stop Mbappe, the England legend told talkSPORT: “Kyle Walker’s going to have to have the game of his life, there’s no doubting that.

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

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

“You’ve got to stop the ball coming into him and then double up on him when he’ got the ball. To do that, you’ve got to press aggressively.”

England v France: Match facts

Full match facts will follow closer to the game.

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