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What the statistics say about England vs. France

The Three Lions have won each of the previous two meetings between England and France in the World Cup, triumphing 2-0 in 1966 and 3-1 in 1982, both in group stage.

In their last eight encounters with England, France has only suffered one defeat (W5 D2), and it came in a friendly match in November 2015. This is the first meeting between the two countries since a 3-2 friendly victory by Les Bleus in June 2017.

In six of their last eight World Cup knockout matches against European opponents, England has been eliminated. However, France has advanced from eight of their last ten World Cup knockout games against opponents from Europe (includes third-place play-off and final).

Since Brazil in 2006, France will be the first defending champion to take the field in a World Cup quarterfinal. At the 2022 World Cup, France has won three games, while Brazil’s 2006 squad has won four.

Having led England to the last four in 2018, Gareth Southgate is aiming to become the first manager to lead his country to two World Cup semifinals. Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson led the Three Lions to their only other two semifinal appearances at the championships in 1966 and 1990, respectively.

For the first time since the third such encounter occurred in the quarterfinal of the 1990 World Cup, England is attempting to win three straight games. The Three Lions have won three of their four games in this year’s World Cup (D1); they have only achieved this feat more times at a single tournament when they won the championship in 1966. (five).

Kylian Mbappé has started for France in 13 games over the course of the World Cup and European Championships (W10 D3). France has won all nine of those games. In these 13 starts, the Frenchman has been personally involved in 12 goals, scoring nine and providing three assists.

As they did at the 2018 World Cup, England has scored 12 goals in their four games at the 2022 World Cup, which ties them for the most at a single major tournament (World Cup/Euros). Eight different players have scored these 12 goals, making this the most goal scorers in a single major event for the country (excl. own goals).

Just one goal separates Harry Kane from Wayne Rooney’s record of 52 goals for England across all competitions (53). 11 of the 52 goals—a record for the Three Lions and more than Gary Lineker—have been scored in significant competitions, including seven World Cups and four Euros (10, all at World Cup).

Only Kylian Mbappé has scored more goals for France in the 2022 World Cup than Olivier Giroud’s three (5). Roger Milla of Cameroon was the only player older than 36 to score more than three goals in a single World Cup game in 1990. (four goals at the age of 38).

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