September 23, 2023

Sports Desk: Defending champions France face off against a confident English team in the fourth and final quarter-final of the Qatar World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on Saturday.

Kylian Mbappe has been the leading the French charge in Qatar, netting five goals in four appearances. He is getting ample support from France’s most prolific striker Olivier Giroud and midfield maestro Antoine Griezmann.

England, on the other hand, have had eight players to get their names on the scoresheet, most by any team.

For England to stop the French barrage, they have to neutralise the Mbappe threat. Will the English succeed or will Mbappe take France a step closer to defending title, only time will tell.

Squads: England – Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Harry Kane (c), Phil Foden

France – Hugo Lloris (c), Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Dayot Upamecano, Theo Hernandez, Antoine Griezmann, Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe.


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