England take on France in the last quarter-final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in a contest between two of the more impressive sides in the competition so far.
The Three Lions are looking to end their 56-year wait for a major international trophy and getting past the defending champions would represent a huge stride forward.
Gareth Southgate’s men have been full of goals so far with 12 in four games and will feel confident ahead of the contest.
However, France have also been mightily impressive and easily dispatched Poland 3-1 in the last 16.
Kylian Mbappe is the name on everyone’s lips right now and the impending duel between him and Kyle Walker might be where the match is won and lost.
England vs France Betting Tips
England have a fully-fit squad to choose from for the World Cup quarter-final, with midfielder Declan taking part in the latest session after missing one earlier this week due to illness.
Raheem Sterling is back with the squad after he went back home following a burglary at his house.
Meanwhile, Southgate may opt to switch to a back-three which could bring Kieran Trippier back into the fold.
France are not expected to make big changes from the game against Poland, with Lucas Hernandez still out long-term after the knee injury picked up versus Australia.
Kylian Mbappe missed training on Tuesday due to discomfort in his ankle, but he has returned to action since then.
France to win and both teams to score @ 4/1
This promises to be an exceptionally close game and neither result would prove to be a surprise.
However, France do have that experience of winning major tournaments after their win in Russia four years ago, beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.
Four years on, the current crop have more experience and still seem to be a very strong unit despite the fact that numerous big players aren’t involved due to injury.
France have so far scored nine goals in three games and are just as good in possession as they are out it – their speed on the counter attack is a frightening prospect for any defender to face.
Mbappe has proven to be a matchwinner before and he could help drag Les Bleus over the line, while Antoine Griezmann has been reinvented as a creative midfielder.
England have been excellent and going forward they have shone but there are still concerns over the defensive quality.
Walker is not fully fit after missing the first two games, while questions can still be asked about John Stones and Harry Maguire despite their good displays so far.
Both sides’ weakness lies in defence so caution may be thrown to the wind in this game.
Olivier Giroud to score anytime @ 9/4
Karim Benzema’s injury absence has opened the door for Olivier Giroud to become France’s centre-forward in this World Cup and he has taken it with both hands, scoring three goals so far.
The 36-year-old is proving there is still life in him and he could become just the second player after Roger Milla to score four or more goals at a World Cup when over the age of 36.
Giroud is coming up against defenders familiar to him and he will seek to cause havoc at set-pieces.
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