England will take on defending champions France in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday. There are many similarities between these particular versions of England and France. Both teams have a wealth of young forward talent that is being watched over by managers who have a reputation for continuously keeping one foot on the handbrake. Despite this, France has the most productive player in the competition, and England is tied for the tournament’s best scoring.
England team news
Last week, Ben White left the England team for private reasons. After his home was broken into, Raheem Sterling boarded a jet to leave Qatar, yet he might still be involved. Declan Rice has started each game at the World Cup, however, due to illness, he missed a training session prior to the encounter in the knockout round. John Stones, a teammate who is always there, left the game against Senegal due to hamstring pain, and Callum Wilson is dealing with a muscle issue.
France team news
When Kylian Mbappe skipped a French training session prior to the match, supporters of the Three Lions were filled with optimism. On Saturday, the team’s top scorer is anticipated to be in the spotlight.
England vs France World Cup score prediction
However, England has dominated this tournament on defense. France is the only remaining team in the competition without a clean sheet, while the Three Lions advance into the final eight after going four and a half hours without conceding. The brilliance strewn throughout Les Blues’ front line has yet to be tested by England’s back line, despite their thrifty play. It’s the biggest challenge we could encounter, as Gareth Southgate emphasized. France’s World Cup-winning history and having the best player on the planet offer them the tiniest hint of an edge in a contest where there doesn’t seem to be a favorite.
Prediction: England 0-1 France
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