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France-England, the long history of a rivalry that has softened over the years


STORY – Before the reunion between the French and the English on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, a look back at the precedents that have marked the history of the two selections.

France-England, a must.

Only Belgium (75 matches) has more matches against France.

England with 41 matches is a regular opponent, often a nightmare, with a clearly favorable balance (24 wins, 11 losses, 6 draws).

Overview of a duel (recalling that France has never beaten England in the World Cup) which has been toned down over the years, especially since the Bosman judgment (1995) with the installation of many French players in the Premier League.

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1921, The first blue victory

The very long "story" began with an infernal solo rider.

England walked on their rival in the first four meetings (15-0 in 1906, 12-0 in 1908, 11-0 in 1909 and 10-1 in 1910).

The English had six victories against the French (60 goals scored, 2 conceded) when they met their rivals on May 5, 1921. After their last success (5-0 in Rouen), Arthur Knight, the English captain, said: "

French, you can beat us one day but it's not...

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Source: lefigaro

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