England vs France
Wembley Stadium, London
International Friendly, November 17th 2010.
Both England and France will seek to end 2010 on a high when they meet in an international friendly at Wembley on Wednesday night. It has been a poor year for both sides with England humbled at the World Cup by a youthful German side and France failing to make it out of the group stages.
England coach Fabio Capello will be without stars like Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent and Frank Lampard for this friendly. Young Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson is set to win his first cap for the nation along with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
Should Newcastle striker Andy Carroll recover from his groin injury, he is almost certain to make his debut for the Three Lions too. Another surprise betting option will be Cardiff City’s Jay Bothroyd, who is the only non Premier League member in the squad.
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England form- last five games- most recent first- England scorers in brackets
England 0-0 Montenegro
Switzerland 1-3 England (Wayne Rooney, Adam Johnson, Darren Bent)
England 4-0 Bulgaria ( Jermain Defoe *3, Adam Johnson)
England 2-1 Hungary ( Steven Gerrard*2)
Germany 4-1 England ( Matthew Upson)
Like his opposite number Fabio Capello, France coach Laurent Blanc has also focussed on youth in his squad. There are only two players with more than 50 international caps ( Florent Malouda and Eric Abidal) and more than half of his squad have earned less than 10 caps for Les Bleus.
France form- last five games- most recent first- France scorers in brackets
France 2-0 Luxembourg ( Karim Benzema, Yoann Gourcuff)
France 2-0 Romania ( Loic Remy, Yoann Gourcuff)
Bosnia 0-2 France ( Karim Benzema, Florent Malouda)
France 0-1 Belarus
Norway 2-1 France ( Hatem Ben Arfa)
Verdict:- England to shade this one on home soil.
England 2-1 France ( Wilshere, A.Johnson/ Karim Benzema)