It’s a lovely day for a friendly bit of sport. The lads of England’s national soccer team will meet France’s team on June 13 at 3:00 PM ET. It’s going to be a great game. Don’t miss a single kick, block or gooooooal!
With England’s Premier League and France’s Ligue 1 wrapped up for the season, it is time for some national football. With England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Scotland in the books – and France’s match with Sweden a thing of the past – it’s time to have a friendly little match. The only thing on the line in this match is pride, which is just as (if not even more) valuable as any championship cup, so soccer fans better tune in to see what all goes down.
For England, it’s been a chance to show how their team has changed since their failure to claim the Euro 2016 championship. During that campaign, The Three Lions fell to Iceland in one of the biggest upsets in the tournament. France, on the other hand, made it all the way to the finals before falling to Portugal (even after the team’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, was stretchered out.) Following England’s elimination, the team fired manager Roy Hodgson, 69, before giving the job to Sam Allardyce, 62. Sam was only on the job for 67 days until a video showed him giving advice on “how to get around” rules on FA player transfers, according to the BBC. He left the job and Gareth Southgate, 46, was handed the reigns.
Gareth’s biggest change was to leave Wayne Rooney, 31, off the main roster. England’s team captain is no longer part of the team, as it seems coach Gareth has decided that England’s future is with Marcus Rashford. The 19-year-old was promoted up from the under-21 squad to the main team. “Marcus is in the senior squad on merit, and has been for a year,” Gareth said, per The Guardian. “His performances warrant him being in the senior squad. He could still have gone with the under-21s afterwards but that would not be right. He is a 19-year-old player who has had an exceptional season but by that point he will be close to 60 matches.” Will Marcus prove his critics wrong by handing England a win?
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