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France vs. England: Time, Live Stream and TV Schedule for 2017 Friendly

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2017

France's forward Olivier Giroud (C) is congratuled by teammates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Sweden and France in Solna, Sweden, on June 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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France will host England at the Stade de France in Paris on Tuesday in what promises to be an intriguing international friendly.

Both sides will head into the match on the back of disappointing results in their FIFA World Cup qualifying matches recently. France were beaten in dramatic style by Sweden, as a late error from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saw the team condemned to a 2-1 loss. England, meanwhile, were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland on Saturday.

While there's little riding on this one, it will be a chance for both managers to experiment with their respective squads, and the result should be an entertaining 90 minutes.

Read on for the key viewing details and a preview of this contest.

           

Date: Tuesday, June 13

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Time: 8 p.m. (BST), 3 p.m. (ET)

TV Info: ITV 1 (UK), ESPN 2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: ITV Hub (UK), Watch ESPN (U.S.)

           

Preview

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 10:  Harry Kane of England scores a goal to make the score 2-2 during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and England at Hampden Park National Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton
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At the end of a draining season, the last thing a lot of these players would typically want is a meaningless international friendly. But there's always something special about two huge nations meeting one another.

There will be pressure on both sets of players to turn in a strong display here, too, as they each toiled for long stints of their previous matches.

France, in particular, haven't quite lived up to expectations in their recent qualifiers, and they suffered a potentially significant defeat late on against Sweden on Friday.

As relayed by Sport Witness, the French media were not pleased with the team's display:

Sport Witness @Sport_Witness

The hard life of a goalkeeper. L'Equipe put the boot in to Lloris. https://t.co/AcRNVKAJzr

Indeed, Didier Deschamps has struggled to instil consistency into the XI, and for all their attacking flair, they've lacked a spark in the final third.

The manager's team selections have left plenty scratching their heads, with some exciting young talent left on the bench in favour of experienced figures. This game should give the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso a chance to stake a claim for more regular starts.

Dembele and Mbappe are both thrilling prospects for France.
Dembele and Mbappe are both thrilling prospects for France.FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Sports journalist Phil Blundell was surprised to see the struggling Moussa Sissoko continue to get minutes for France given what is in reserve:

Philip Blundell @PhilBlundell

Moussa Sissoko is playing for France. Ousmane Dembele isn't. Stop the World, I'm getting off, I think it's broken.

Regardless of the players who take to the field on the night, this will be a major test for an England side still finding their feet under manager Gareth Southgate.

That much was evident against Scotland on Saturday, as the Three Lions just managed to scrape their way to a 2-2 draw. Captain Harry Kane was the team's saviour with a last-gasp goal, equalising after Leigh Griffiths hammered home two late free-kicks to put the Scots ahead.

England are still forging an identity under Southgate.
England are still forging an identity under Southgate.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Despite dropping two points, ESPN FC's Mark Ogden suggested this result may be enough to jolt England into life under their new boss:

Mark Ogden @MarkOgden_

It's all been a bit too nice and corporate so far under Southgate, so this might not be a bad thing for England going forward...

They will certainly need to improve if they are going to emerge from the French capital with a positive result on Tuesday night.

There will be changes to the XI that started at Hampden Park, with the most significant one potentially coming between the sticks.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart has come in for criticism for not stopping Griffiths' free-kicks, and journalist Ste Hoare thinks the team should look elsewhere:

Ste Hoare @stehoare

England have at least four better goalies than Joe Hart. Hilarious that they still pick him. If I was a fan, I'd be furious at that.

In terms of the depth of the two squads, there's no doubt France are superior. Subsequently, if both teams field much-changed outfits, it's Les Bleus' XI that will look the stronger of the two. In Mbappe, Dembele and Lacazette, they boast players with the explosiveness to cause so many problems for the England defence.

Under Southgate, the Three Lions have shown they can be resolute at the back, and that'll surely be their focus against their talented hosts. However, they don't boast the quality needed to keep the French forwards under wraps.

            

Prediction: France 2-1 England

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