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England and France set for 'emotional' Wembley friendly

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By Euronews
England and France set for 'emotional' Wembley friendly

Despite the tragic events in Paris on Friday night, the English FA and the French Football Federation have decided to go ahead with Tuesday’s friendly between England and France.

The players and coaching staff, who took part in a Europe-wide minute’s silence for the victims on Monday, will pay tributes prior to kickoff while Wembley’s iconic arch will be lit up in the red, white and blue of the French flag to show solidarity.

“We have been touched by messages of support, particularly those from London and England,” said France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. “I know the English well, I know they will help us commemorate and do the right thing in terms of supporting us and we are grateful for all of the messages of support.”

Before the news conference, British reporters handed a bouquet of flowers to French national team coach Didier Deschamps with a note saying “Vive la France”, one of many signs of solidarity which have been made all over the world.