FOOTBALL FRIENDLY: FRANCE v. ENGLAND
20th July 1966 England 2-0 France
16th June 1982 England 3-1 France
20th October 1962 England 1-1 France
27th February 1963 France 5-2 England
14th June 1992 England 0-0 France
13th June 2004 France 2-1 England
Other Competitive Matches
7th June 1997 France 0-1 England (Tournoi de France).
10th May 1923 France 1-4 England
17th May 1924 France 1-3 England
21st May 1925 France 2-3 England
26th May 1927 France 0-6 England
17th May 1928 France 1-5 England
9th May 1929 France 1-4 England
14th May 1931 France 5-2 England
6th December 1933 England 4-1 France
26th April 1938 France 2-4 England
3rd May 1947 England 3-0 France
22nd May 1949 France 1-3 England
3rd October 1951 England 2-2 France
15th May 1955 France 1-0 England
27th November 1957 England 4-0 France
12th March 1969 England 5-0 France
29th February 1984 France 2-0 England
19th February 1992 England 2-0 France
10th February 1999 England 0-2 France
2nd September 2000 France 1-1 England
The inaugural friendly international match between France and England took place in Paris, in 1923, with the English team running out 4-1 winners. The same fixture was played annually, in the May of each year, in Paris, until 1929. England won six times in succession, scoring twenty-five goals and conceding just six. However, when the match was next played, again in Paris, France shocked England with a 5-2 victory. English pride was soon restored, winning 4-1 at Tottenham in 1933 and 4-2, again in Paris, in 1938. The fixture was resumed, following the Second World War, in 1947. In the six friendlies that took place between 1947 and 1969, England won four, losing 1-0 in 1955, with a 2-2 draw at Highbury in 1951.
FRANCE v. ENGLAND TODAY
Despite their superiority in friendly games, England’s competitive record against the French has only been fair. In seven competitive games, between 1962 and 2004, the record of the English team reads, Played 7, Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 3, Goals For 10, Goals Against 9. In recent years, the balance has been redressed in friendly internationals. The last four matches, as detailed above, have resulted in two French wins and one English, with a 1-1 draw at the Stade de France, Paris, in 2000. The latest encounter between the two sides will take place on 26th March. With Fabio Capello only recently installed as England manager, and the captaincy undecided, the French game could be very interesting indeed.
BETTING ON FRANCE v. ENGLAND
In the run-up to the France v. England friendly, online bookmakers are likely to be offering prices relating to the England team. These might include “speciality” bets relating to David Beckham, given the uncertainty about him gaining a 100th England cap, and the fate of the England captaincy.
Online bookmakers will be offering prices for the France v. England friendly international, although as of 1st February, apparently none are available. At home, France seems certain to start favourites, especially given the unrest in the England camp. Three prices will be offered on the match, Home win, Away win and Draw.
As the match is certain to be televised, several other online markets will be offered:
1. Correct Score
Predict the final score after 90 minutes play.
2. First / Last Goal scorer
Correctly name the first or last scorer in the match. Own goals do not count.
3. “Double Result”
Predict the results of the match at half-time and full-time (9 possible outcomes).
4. Time of First Goal
Presented as a “before / after” bet, usually before / after 27 minutes.
Several in-running markets are also likely to be offered by the online bookmakers, including:
- Outright betting: Fluctuating prices will be available up to the 80th minute.
- Next Goal scorer
- Correct Score