England 2-0 France: Wembley Unites For Defiant La Marseillaise

Updated: November 17, 2015
England 2-0 France: Wembley Unites For Defiant La Marseillaise

A very good performance by England and an understandably muted one from France. Alli was sensational at times as was Stones and Butland played well but the genuine significance of the match was the emotion and sympathy of one country for another which was, even for this occasionally jaded old fool, beautifully expressed.

Prince William and David Cameron were among 71,223 people in the stadium as La Marseillaise rang out ahead of a minute’s silence to remember the 129 people who died.

England fans held aloft a mosaic of the French flag during the anthem.

Armed police stood guard at the stadium throughout the day after three suicide bombers attacked areas outside the Stade de France during the French national team’s last game on Friday.

It is the first time armed police have patrolled an English football match.

While England played out a 2-0 win, a game between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled within hours of kick-off due to a “concrete” bomb threat.

The HDI-Arena in Hanover was evacuated.

The decision to play the England-France game came despite reports that not everyone in the French set-up wanted to travel to London.

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