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Fifa World Cup: England coach Gareth Southgate on QF against France – ‘It is the biggest test’

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England face a France side looking to become the first team to win successive World Cups since Brazil defended their title in 1962.
Gareth Southgate admits England will face the “biggest test” of their World Cup ambitions when they face holders France in a blockbuster quarterfinal on Saturday.
Southgate’s side recovered from a nervous start before powering to a 3-0 win against Senegal in Sunday’s last 16 clash at the Al Bayt Stadium.
England will return to the Al Khor desert at the weekend for a titanic showdown with a France side looking to become the first team to win successive World Cups since Brazil in 1958 and 1962.
While England looked impressive once Jordan Henderson put them ahead against Senegal, with Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka also netting against the African champions, Southgate knows Didier Deschamps’ team are a significant step up in class.
“It is the biggest test we could face. They are world champions, with an incredible depth of talent and outstanding players. They are very hard to play against and score goals against,” Southgate said.
“It’s a fantastic challenge. It’s a historic rivalry with great games from the past. It’s a brilliant game for us to be involved in and test ourselves against the very best.”
Fuelled by Paris Saint Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, France beat Poland 3-1 in the last 16, just hours before England joined them in the quarterfinals.

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