England vs France, World Cup 2022 quarter-final: Date, kick-off time and TV channel




England vs France, World Cup 2022 quarter-final: Date, kick-off time and TV channel - Odd Andersen/AFP
England vs France, World Cup 2022 quarter-final: Date, kick-off time and TV channel - Odd Andersen/AFP  

The cross-Channel rivals, England and France, finally meet in the knockout round of the World Cup following their round of 16 victories over Senegal and Poland respectively.

They have met twice before in the tournament, with England winning both times, but those were group stage matches without the jeopardy of World Cup survival on the line.

When is England vs France?

The match will be the last of the four quarter-finals to be played - taking place on Saturday, December 10.

What time is kick-off?

The game will kick off at 7pm GMT (10pm local time and 2pm EST).

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be on ITV - who also secured England's last-16 clash with Senegal. Telegraph Sport will also be running a live blog on the game - you can bookmark this page now and return on Saturday to follow along with our coverage.

How have England fared so far?

They qualified top of Group B with seven points after victories over Iran (6-2) and Wales (3-0) bookended a goalless draw with the USA.

That middle match proved to be a reality check for the Three Lions who were booed off the pitch as it appeared they had replaced riskiness and joy with fearfulness. The performance was stuttering and sluggish, but it was just a blip - something which all of the top teams have suffered in Qatar - and they returned to blistering form when dismantling Wales.

How have France got on so far?

Despite suffering several injuries, Les Bleus have looked strong in their bid to defend their title. Kylian Mbappe has terrorised defences, scoring five goals so far in the tournament, two ahead of his nearest competitors for the Golden Boot.

Their one slip was a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia in their final group game - but Didier Deschamps deployed a B-team for that match as Les Bleus had already qualified.

They were convincing in their 3-1 last-16 win over Poland and England's chances will depend on whether they can find a way to stop the phenomenal Mbappe.

England vs France results history

England and France have played each other twice before at the World Cup - both group games that were won by England.

They have played each other 31 times in all formats, with England having the upper hand here too. The Three Lions have won 17, drawn five and lost nine.

But in the last quarter century, in the eight games that the two have played, England have only won one. The last competitive head-to-head meeting was during Euro 2012, a 1-1 draw, with Joleon Lescott and Samir Nasri on the scoresheet that day.

What is England's World Cup record?

Little needs saying here. It's a date imprinted onto the national consciousness. England are yet to make another final since 1966, but enjoyed runs to the semi-finals in Italia 1990 and Russia 2018.

What is France's World Cup record?

France are the defending champions having prevailed in Russia. They also won on their own turf in 1998. They were runners-up in Germany in 2006, losing on penalties to Italy after Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi. Only two countries - Italy and Brazil - have recorded back-to-back World Cup triumphs.

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