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Post Paris attack, England and France unite for solemn friendly

London: England and France's 92-year-old football rivalry will witness its most solemn chapter at Wembley today when the teams unite in solidarity four days after the Paris terror attacks.

England skipper Wayne Rooney during a training session yesterday. Pic/AFP
England skipper Wayne Rooney during a training session yesterday. Pic/AFP

Friday's attacks touched football particularly closely, with three suicide bombers blowing themselves up outside the Stade de France as France played Germany.

The cousin of France midfielder Lassana Diarra was one of the 129 people killed, while the sister of his team-mate Antoine Griezmann escaped unhurt from the assault on the Bataclan concert hall.

But the French Football Federation (FFF) insisted that Tuesday's game should go ahead and it is now being seen as an opportunity to put on a united front, with a social media campaign urging England's fans to join in with the French national anthem, 'La Marseillaise', before kick-off.

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