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by Harper Avery on 13th June, 2017


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England travel to France on Tuesday as both national sides end their season with a friendly at the Stade de France. 


Both sides were in action at the weekend but neither registered a win in the respective World Cup qualification games. England scored an injury time equaliser to deny Scotland a famous win at Hampden Park as the two old rivals played out a 2-2 draw. 


France visited the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Friday hoping to put some daylight at the top of Group A between them and second-placed Sweden. It started okay for Les Bleus, with Olivier Giroud giving the visitors the lead eight minutes before half time. France's joy was however, short-lived as Sweden equalised just six minutes later. 


With the game in the balance, a howler from captain, Hugo Lloris, handed Sweden a 93 minute winner and top spot in the group. 


Hugo Lloris is not the only goalkeeper in the spotlight this week as his English counterpart, Joe Hart, comes under increasing pressure for the prized England number one spot. There were questions raised about the starting position of Manchester City's out-of-favour 'keeper for both of Scotland's goals on Saturday and he will not play any part in Tuesday's game. 


When asked if Hart was at fault for the two Scottish goals, England manager, Gareth Southgate, said "They were great free-kicks. Beyond that, coaching conversations I have with players stay private. If we go down that route then it's not the right thing to do. I go back to the concession of free-kicks being the starting point. There are many areas we could have done better." 


Southgate added that it was never his intention to play Hart against France, with Tom Heaton and Jack Butland set to share the responsibility in Paris. Along with Fraser Forster and Jordan Pickford, England now have four goalkeepers with serious aspirations in taking Joe Hart's place in the England side. 


Southgate claimed, "You need to give players the opportunity. In the past, one or two keepers have given up international football because they've not had that chance so I'm conscious of keeping players involved." 


Current Match Odds (courtesy of Paddy Power): 

France - 19/20 

Draw - 23/10 

England - 31/10


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