5 memorable meetings between England and France

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England face France in a blockbuster World Cup quarter-final on Saturday, continuing a long footballing rivalry between the near neighbours.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some memorable prior encounters.

England 2 France 0 (July 20, 1966)

Roger Hunt scores England's second goal
Roger Hunt scores England’s second goal (PA)

Roger Hunt scored in each half to keep 98,000 fans at Wembley happy and pairing the hosts with Argentina in the quarter-finals rather than West Germany. The rest is history.

England 3 France 1 (June 16, 1982)

Soccer – Bryan Robson – Manchester Airport
Bryan Robson scored after 27 seconds (Eric Shaw/PA)

The game is best remembered for Bryan Robson’s goal after 27 seconds, his country’s quickest ever at a World Cup, but the midfielder also put his side ahead for a second time before Paul Mariner made it safe.

France 2 England 1 (June 13, 2004)

EURO 2004 – England V France
Zinedine Zidane levelled with a free-kick (Nick Potts/PA)

Frank Lampard’s 38th-minute header put England in front but David Beckham had a penalty saved by Fabien Barthez. Zinedine Zidane showed the coolest head of all as the closing moments arrived, curling home a last-gasp free-kick, then converting from the penalty spot after David James fouled Thierry Henry.

England 1 France 1 (June 11, 2012)

Soccer – UEFA Euro 2012 – Group D – England v France – Donbass Arena
Joleon Lescott opened the scoring for England (PA Images)

Joleon Lescott’s header on the half-hour raised hopes but Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri hit back before half-time as both sides banked a point on their way to the quarter-finals.

France 3 England 2 (June 13, 2017)

France v England – International Friendly – Stade de France
England could not take advantage following a red card (Mike Egerton/PA)

Harry Kane nabbed an early goal but Les Bleus rallied to go in ahead at half-time.

A red card for Raphael Varane at the start of the second period should have changed things but, despite Kane’s equaliser from the penalty spot, Ousmane Dembele sealed the win.

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