FIFA World Cup 2022: England vs France – Head to Head, key stats, predicted starting XIs, road to quarter finals, venue details and more | Football News – Times of India

The first semi-final of Qatar 2022 has been decided. We will not get to see a blockbuster Brazil vs Argentina semi-final after all. The Samba boys’ shock exit from the World Cup has meant that Croatia will take on Argentina, who beat Netherlands in the second quarter-final, in the first semi-final.
But, who will play the second semi-final? We will have the answer to that question by early Sunday morning India time.


The first match on Saturday will be quarter-final number three and will see Portugal taking on Morocco, but the marquee clash will be the 12:30 AM IST (early Sunday morning) game (quarter-final four) between 1966 champions England and 1998 and 2018 champions France. The French are aiming to become the first team since Brazil to successfully defend the FIFA World Cup title.
Ahead of that big England vs France game takes a look at the Head to Head between these two teams, key stats, predicted starting line-ups and more:
What: FIFA World Cup 2022 Fourth Quarter-Final
Teams: England vs France
FIFA Rankings – England – 4; France – 5
Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar
Kick-Off Time: 12:30 AM IST, Sunday, December 11
Key Stats:
– In six of their last 8 World Cup outings England have lost to European teams
– This is the 9th time France have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup and the third time in a row
– England are unbeaten in their last five games, in all competitions
– England have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches
– England have won just one match in their last eight encounters vs France, in all competitions
– France have won 7 of their last 8 World Cup games
– Gareth Southgate is aiming to become the first English manager to take the National team to two World Cup semi-finals
– In the 2018 edition, England lost 1-2 to Croatia in the semi-finals
– This clash will feature some of the leading goal scorers of Qatar 2022 so far – Kylian Mbappe is the number one goal scorer right now, with 5 goals in 4 games. Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Olivier Giroud have all scored 3 goals each
Head To Head (Overall):
Matches Played: 31
Won by England: 17
Won by France: 9
Draws: 5

Head To Head (In FIFA WC):
Matches Played: 2
Won by England: 2
Won by France: 0
Most recent encounter: 2017: International Friendly – France beat England 3-2
First ever England vs France match: In 1923, which England won 4-1

Predicted Starting XIs:
England (3-4-3):
Jordan Pickford (GK); Kyle Walker (defender); John Stones (defender); Harry Maguire (defender); Kieran Trippier (defender); Declan Rice (midfielder); Jude Bellingham (midfielder); Luke Shaw (defender); Phil Foden (midfielder); Bukayo Saka (forward); Harry Kane (forward)
France (4-2-1-3):
Hugo Lloris (GK); Jule Jounde (defender); Ibrahima Konate (defender); Raphael Varane (defender); Theo Hernandez (defender); Adrien Rabiot (midfielder); Aurelien Tchouameni (midfielder); Antoine Griezmann (forward); Ousmane Dembele (forward); Olivier Giroud (forward); Kylian Mbappe (forward)
Road to Quarter-Finals:
League Stage:
– Beat Iran 6-2
– Drew with USA 0-0
– Beat Wales 3-0
Round of 16:
Beat Senegal 3-0
League Stage:
– Beat Australia 4-1
– Beat Denmark 2-1
– Lost to Tunisia 0-1
Round of 16:
Beat Poland 3-1
Best Finish:
Champions: 1966
Champions: 1998, 2018

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