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Kylian Mbappe: Liverpool make bid €100m

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Liverpool have made a €100m bid for Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. But the French side have turned down the...

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Kylian Mbappe prepared to join Arsenal

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Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe is open to the idea of signing for Arsenal this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph. The France international, aged...

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Chelsea step up efforts to sign Alex Sandro and Tiemoue Bakayako

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Chelsea will increase their attempts to sign Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in order to appease head coach...

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Arsenal quoted £60m for Alexandre Lacazette

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Arsenal have been told they will have to pay £60m to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Ligue 1 side have...

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Laurent Koscielny flattered by Marseille interest but staying at Arsenal for now

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has welcomed reported interest in him from Marseille, but says he will stay at the Emirates Stadium "for...

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Man Utd close to signing Fabinho

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Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Monaco right-back Fabinho, according to the Manchester Evening News. The 23-year-old Brazil...

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Chelsea agree £35m deal to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Chelsea have agreed a £35m fee with Monaco for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to The Sun. The Premier League champions have been credited...

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Balotelli ‘ready to make financial effort’ to stay in Nice

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Italian international striker Mario Balotelli is determined to stay at Ligue 1 outfit Nice next season, club president Jean-Pierre Rivere revealed on Thursday.

“I can tell you three things – one, he’s a player who wants to continue with us; two, he’s ready to make a financial effort; three, discussions are continuing,” said Rivere.

Balotelli ‘ready to make financial effort’ to stay in Nice

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Italian international striker Mario Balotelli is determined to stay at Ligue 1 outfit Nice next season, club president Jean-Pierre Rivere revealed on Thursday.

“I can tell you three things – one, he’s a player who wants to continue with us; two, he’s ready to make a financial effort; three, discussions are continuing,” said Rivere.

French federation president tips Zidane for future France job

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Paris (AFP) – The president of the French Football Federation has said he expects Zinedine Zidane to eventually manage France.

“That is a logical continuation. It is likely that one day he will be interested,” Noel Le Graet told RMC radio on Wednesday when asked about the prospect of Zidane coaching Les Bleus in the future.

Southgate gauges gap to best as England lose in France

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Paris (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate admitted Tuesday’s 3-2 friendly defeat to France in Paris provided further evidence of how far his side still have to go before they can be considered contenders at next year’s World Cup.

They were unable to hold onto an early lead given to them by Harry Kane and ended up conceding defeat despite the hosts playing most of the second half with 10 men at the Stade de France.

France honours terror victims as Macron, May attend England friendly

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Paris (AFP) – An emotional tribute was paid to the victims of the recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom prior to England’s friendly match with France in Paris on Tuesday evening.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May attended the match at the Stade de France, to the north of the capital, as the hosts offered their solidarity to their visitors.

France honours terror victims as Macron, May attend England friendly

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Paris (AFP) – An emotional tribute was paid to the victims of the recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom prior to England’s friendly match with France in Paris on Tuesday evening.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May attended the match at the Stade de France, to the north of the capital, as the hosts offered their solidarity to their visitors.

Ranieri set to join French club Nantes

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Rennes (France) (AFP) – Nantes closed in on former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri on Monday after agreeing a two-year contract, but are awaiting French Professional League approval because of his age, a club source said.

The LFP does not allow coaches aged over 65 to join French clubs.

France keep faith in Lloris after costly blunder

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Paris (AFP) – Hugo Lloris will start and will wear the captain’s armband for France against England on Tuesday despite a costly mistake in World Cup qualifying at the weekend, coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

“I have spoken about it with him. I think it is best for him and he thinks the same thing,” Deschamps said on Monday when asked if the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper would line up at kick-off against England.

France keep faith in Lloris after costly blunder

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Paris (AFP) – Hugo Lloris will start and will wear the captain’s armband for France against England on Tuesday despite a costly mistake in World Cup qualifying at the weekend, coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

“I have spoken about it with him. I think it is best for him and he thinks the same thing,” Deschamps said on Monday when asked if the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper would line up at kick-off against England.

Kante suffers from French strength in depth, says Southgate

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Croissy-sur-Seine (France) (AFP) – N’Golo Kante’s inability to claim a regular starting berth at international level sums up the strength in depth France have at their disposal, admits England manager Gareth Southgate.

The midfielder won both the Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association award after helping Chelsea land the Premier League title this season.

Heaton to replace Hart for England-France friendly

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Croissy-sur-Seine (France) (AFP) – Tom Heaton of Burnley will replace Joe Hart in goal for England in Tuesday’s friendly against France in Paris, manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

The 31-year-old Heaton will win his third international cap in the match at the Stade de France, as Hart - criticised following his performance in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Scotland - is left out.

Heaton to replace Hart for England-France friendly

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Croissy-sur-Seine (France) (AFP) – Tom Heaton of Burnley will replace Joe Hart in goal for England in Tuesday’s friendly against France in Paris, manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

The 31-year-old Heaton will win his third international cap in the match at the Stade de France, as Hart - criticised following his performance in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Scotland - is left out.

Matuidi calls on France football fans to sing English anthem

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has called on home fans to join in the singing of the English national anthem when the nations meet in a friendly on Tuesday out of solidarity following recent terror attacks.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium - if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in,” said the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star.

Matuidi calls on France football fans to sing English anthem

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has called on home fans to join in the singing of the English national anthem when the nations meet in a friendly on Tuesday out of solidarity following recent terror attacks.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium - if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in,” said the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star.

Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

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Paris (AFP) – France complicated their task of ensuring automatic qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia after falling to a dramatic 2-1 defeat in Sweden on Saturday.

Sweden snatched victory with an Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line in extra time after a poor clearance from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

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Paris (AFP) – France complicated their task of ensuring automatic qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia after falling to a dramatic 2-1 defeat in Sweden on Saturday.

Sweden snatched victory with an Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line in extra time after a poor clearance from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Sweden beats France with dramatic goal from half-way line

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Stockholm (AFP) – Hugo Lloris was left red faced Friday as a dramatic last gasp Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line gave Sweden a 2-1 win over France in their World Cup qualifier.

The France ‘keeper will watch replays in horror after he dribbled out of his box and made a dreadful cut back intercepted by Toivonen, who lofted a snap lob from just inside his half and watched Lloris lose his desperate run to stop the ball rolling into an empty goal.

Italy cruise past Uruguay in football as Gimenez has disaster

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Italy beat Uruguay for the first time in 27 years with a comfortable 3-0 success in Nice, France on Wednesday, as the South Americans’ defender Jose Gimenez had a shocker.

While this victory will be no consolation for the Italians, who were eliminated from the 2014 World Cup at the group stage after a 1-0 defeat by the South Americans, it does offer Giampiero Ventura’s team a timely boost ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Lichtenstein in Udine on Sunday.

Italy cruise past Uruguay in football as Gimenez has disaster

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Italy beat Uruguay for the first time in 27 years with a comfortable 3-0 success in Nice, France on Wednesday, as the South Americans’ defender Jose Gimenez had a shocker.

While this victory will be no consolation for the Italians, who were eliminated from the 2014 World Cup at the group stage after a 1-0 defeat by the South Americans, it does offer Giampiero Ventura’s team a timely boost ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Lichtenstein in Udine on Sunday.

Giroud warns Arsenal over playing time

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France forward Olivier Giroud said on Tuesday he will not accept a bit-part role with Arsenal next season.

The 30-year-old was often a substitute over the last campaign as Gunners manager Arsene Wenger preferred to line up Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in attack.

France’s Mbappe back training for Sweden clash

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France received a boost on Monday as star young striker Kylian Mbappe joined training following a slight thigh strain.

The Euro 2016 runners-up face a crucial trip to Sweden on Friday in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9).

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9).

Videos

Retro Football: 10 Glorious Minutes Of Zinedine Zidane Dribbling, Swerving And Leaving Suckers In The Dust (Video)

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Largely because there's bugger all else going on this morning, we thought we'd provide you with a welcome break from the close-season monotony.

To that end, here is a 10-minute slab of Zinedine Zidane-flavoured goodness, highlighting the former Juventus and Real Madrid midfielder's masterful control and footwork.

Noel Gallagher Invites French Policeman Who Sung ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ Before England Friendly To Upcoming Gig In Paris

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Noel Gallagher has issued a VIP invite to the Republican Guard Military Band member who performed 'Don't Look Back In Anger' before England's recent friendly against France in Paris.

Jean-Michel Mekil dug out his Fender Stratocaster and performed the Oasis standard as a moving tribute to all those who died in the Manchester terror attack on May 22nd.

Video: Paul Pogba skins Gary Cahill

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Video: Harry Kane opens the scoring for England against France

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Video: Man Utd’s Jesse Lingard in England training

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Video: Man Utd’s Paul Pogba on fire in France volleying session

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‘Don’t Worry Leicester, We’ll Take Care Of Him’ – FC Nantes (Finally) Swear In Claudio Ranieri As New Head Coach

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Claudio Ranieri has sidestepped that odd bit of Ligue 1 regulation to formally join FC Nantes as their new head coach.

Ranieri's appointment was held up after it was discovered he may have been too old to take the job, but the French club have now obtained a derogation from the French Football Federation to allow the Italian to take charge on a two-year contract.

Ex-Leicester Boss Claudio Ranieri Agrees Deal To Manage Nantes, May Be Too Old To Take The Job

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Unemployed since February, it looks like Claudio Ranieriis about to sashayback into the management racket after agreeing to take over at Nantes.

However, despite a deal beingin place between the two parties, the ex-Leicester City boss may see his appointment scuppered by a strange decree that exists inthe Ligue 1 rule book.

The Rest

Prêt à acheter, Arsène

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Come on, you get my drift. Pret Manger, Pret Porter, Footballers to Buy.

Anyway, France v England tonight (and on proper telly) in a friendly, and oh garçon, do they have some good footballers.

Looking through their squad there are quite a few who I reckon would look excellent in an Arsenal shirt, and don't forget, the list does not include Benzema or Martial.

Where to find France vs. England on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch France vs. England, you’ve come to the right place.

After France’s surprise defeat in the last minute against Sweden where Hugo Lloris made a critical mistake, France will want to get a confidence boost in their friendly against France at Stade de France.