Match to go ahead this week

Hodgson says Wembley will be united for France

Roy HodgsonEngland football manager Roy Hodgson has welcomed the decision to go ahead with Tuesday’s friendly against France at Wembley following the terrorist attacks on Paris on Friday.

A series of assaults included a bomb blast outside the Stade de France where France were playing Germany. Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth player, Lassana Diarra, who was playing in the match, said a female cousin had been killed in the attacks.

Spectators spilled on to the pitch and some said they were afraid to the leave the stadium.

In a note of defiance to those responsible the French Football Federation president Noel le Graet said his team will fulfil the fixture in London.

Hodgson said: “We respect the decision and will prepare accordingly, both on and off the pitch. The match will be a serious occasion but one that shows that the football world is united against these atrocities.

“I am sure the England team and our fans will play their part and show solidarity with our French friends on Tuesday and provide support for both teams during this difficult time.”

England fans will be asked to sing the French national anthem before game as a show of solidarity at what is expected to be a solemn occasion.

England’s Under-20s match against France, which was due to take place on Saturday, was postponed.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said: “Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the city of Paris after these terrible atrocities. On behalf of the FA, I want to express our sorrow and send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives.

“After consulting with the French Football Federation and the British government, we have decided together that the match between our two countries at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday should go ahead.

“We will use the opportunity to pay our respects to all affected and also to express our solidarity with the people of France.”

in the 20th minute of France’s 2-0 win over Germany, and were audible inside the stadium.



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