The headlines of the World Cup so far is been England vs France. Although it is the headliner, the media buzz has been quiet, with both sets of journalists likely to react after the game is played. The two countries are fierce rivals and will give it their all to book the final semi-final spot in the World Cup.

In this post, you’ll Read about
England
France
Key battles to look out for

England

England have had an extremely strong start to the tournament, conceding only twice in 4 games. Their 2 goals conceded came in their 6-2 win against Iran. The team has scored 12 goals in 4 games showing great attacking promise. Harry Kane, Saka, Rashford and Foden have all been pieces that have solved the attacking puzzle. In defense, Harry Maguire has really stepped up his game alongside the likes of Shaw, Stones, and Walker. The English midfield has been the most impressive aspect of the side, with Jude Bellingham having been their player of the tournament so far with 93% passing accuracy and 2.8 tackles per game. Declan Rice has contributed to the effort with a passing accuracy of 94%. With these two players, the ball turnovers are very quick, and they catch the opposition defense on the break with accurate passing and pace. This was very clearly seen against Senegal. The team will be high on confidence after their 3-0 win against Senegal in the round of 16 and will be all set to take on their neighbors from across the English Channel.

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France

Everyone thought the World Cup curse would affect France, but they have been nowhere close to being knocked out of the tournament. France have scored 9 goals in 4 games, of which Kylian Mbappe has contributed to 7 goals with 5 goals and 2 assists. He has been the stand-out performer across all teams and is in contention to win the Golden Ball award. Olivier Giroud has been superb in terms of supporting Mbappe’s runs and chance creation, with his excellent hold up play and finishing. The most underrated out of the French front three has been Griezzman who has created 5 big chances for the team but only 1 has amounted to an assist. His progressive passing and chance creation has been very vital for the French attack. The French defense is a cause of concern as the team has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their games. This will have to be looked at if they desire to keep the English attack away from the sight of goal.

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Key battles to look out for

Walker vs Mbappe will be the battle that will set up and decide the game. Whether England chooses to start with 4 at the back or 3, Walker will be marking and tracking Mbappe down the whole game, let’s see who wins this battle of pace and strength.

Tchouameni vs Bellingham will be a midfield battle between two young stars that will be for the ages. Both quick, efficient and accurate and there will be only one boss in the middle of the pitch.

Saka vs Hernandez will be an interesting battle as Saka has been in great goal scoring form and Hernandez likes to play high up the pitch, will he be able to track back and hold off Saka on the cut? Or will Saka play deeper to counter the hammering attack that comes along the French left side? The fourth quarter final will decide this battle!

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Conclusion

This England vs France game should be one of the best in world cup history with two of the best sides at the tournament locking horns. It will have everything from great attacking, defending, saves and fights. We predict this game to go down to the wire and eventually to a penalty shootout.

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