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England vs France - Not your normal friendly

England vs France: Hodgson does not expect a typical friendly following Paris attacks

November 16, 2015 By Oscar Casanova Perches
England offered France to cancel the game but the French Federation denied the request. The French anthem will be sang before the game.

England will host France at Wembley this Tuesday and most people, including England's manager Roy Hodgson, know that there is something about this game that makes it special. This is the first game for France following the Paris attacks that took place right at the same time that the Blues were playing Germany at the Stade de France. 

Over 100 people died that day throughout the city in a terrorist attack planned by ISIS that has the world shaking at its core. While the game between the French and the German sides was able to finish, the aftermath has been rough on many people.

"I can't deny there's something hanging over which is far, far greater than a football match," said Hodgson after a practice session. "That will be lingering whether we like it or not. I've never been in a football game like this before."

Some special guests will be attending

There will be extreme security measures for this game, hoping that nothing similar to what the world just witnessed in Paris happens. The FA has advised fans to arrive early as there will be a more complex security checks before entering the stadium. 

The English Football Association offered the French Football Federation the chance to cancel the game but the offer was turned down by Noel Le Graet (FFF President). The decision was welcomed by Hodgson who sees this as an opportunity to show the terrorist that the world of soccer is still united after such atrocities. 

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"It's a sad time and in terms of going on the pitch we can only do that in the understanding that all the security checks have been made and it's safe to do so," Rooney said, adding that the show must go on despite the sickening images witnessed in Paris where 129 people died and many others were injured. 

The English National Team held its practice early on Monday morning. At one point the ball stopped rolling so that the team could gather and observe a Europe-wide-one-minute of silence at 11:00 GMT. France will practice at Wembley after a news conference scheduled for 17:00 GMT.

The archs rising above the stadium will be lit in the colors of the French flag. Outside the stadium the words "liberte, egalite, fraternite" can already be seen on the screens. That is the French motto, which means, liberty, equality and fraternity.  

Things will not be the same for this game

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