England vs France: L’Equipe think Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin will start

by Sam Peoples

French magazine L’Equipe has published their predicted XI’s for tonight’s friendly between England and France, placing both Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial into the starting team.

Martial started in France’s last friendly on Friday in Paris against Germany but Schneiderlin started on the bench, so it would be good to see him come into the starting XI.

They also feel Wayne Rooney will be re-called having been rested against Spain, while Manchester United quartet Chris Smalling (potentially injured), Phil Jones, Michael Carrick (injured) and Jesse Lingard all miss out.

Tonight was only supposed to be a showpiece friendly between two top footballing nations but the tragedies in Paris on Friday mean it has taken on much greater significance in the wider world.

The French Football Federation decided to push ahead with the friendly and football has an opportunity tonight to show solidarity both on and off the pitch in the face of a global crisis, and it will certainly be an emotional night at Wembley for all involved.

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