Roy Hodgson: England v France will not be a normal friendly

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England’s match against France at Wembley tonight will not be a “normal friendly” following the attacks in Paris, says coach Roy Hodgson.

The FA is expecting a near-full house at the 90,000-capacity stadium, with thousands of tickets sold after the attacks of Paris, highlighting the nations solidarity.

Meanwhile, England captain Wayne Rooney said he was “sickened” by the images and footage of the attacks in Paris.

The FA is advising all fans to get to Wembley early because of increased security checks.

Chief executive Glenn said: “We spoke to the French Federation on Saturday, and were in touch with the French president’s office and there were two conditions to hold the game.

“UK authorities and government need to make sure it was safe and the French wanted to play. They wanted to go ahead, for mainly symbolic reasons, and we were very happy to meet their concerns.”

He also added that the eyes of the world would be on Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

“This is going to have massive global significance – the first major event since Friday,” he said.

“It is a chance to demonstrate terrorism can’t win. We can’t afford to let this act of terror cow us.”


The cousin of France midfielder Lassana Diarra was one of the 129 people killed in the attacks, while the sister of his team-mate Antoine Griezmann escaped unhurt from the assault on the Bataclan concert hall.


This footage shows football fans sing the French national anthem as they evacuate from the Stade de France during numerous terrorist attacks in Paris.
What a wonderful show of solidarity.

Vive La France