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Millions of people are expected to watch on TV England vs France in tonight’s World Cup quarter-final.

The two giants of European football will meet at Qatar’s Al Bayt stadium, with the winner facing Morocco or Portugal in the semi-finals on December 14.

The British Pub and Beer Association is hoping the 7pm kick-off in the UK will yield a bountiful night, predicting the industry will grow by £26m.

Additional police will be in London to keep an eye on English and French football fans expected to flock to the city, while Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to watch the game from Checkers.

In Qatar, England manager Gareth Southgate said the team must be the “best version” of themselves if they are to beat defending World Cup champions France.

He reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup most recently and their appearance in the Euro final last summer will help, he added: “In terms of our experience, I think the That big game for the team is the key point of reference.

“They’ve had to go through different ways to win games, some of the losses hurt us but we’ve learned a lot from that and I think they’ve prepared you for those challenges.” night like tomorrow where you have to create the best version of yourself.

“Psychology is the real key.

“The belief that we deserve to be there and that we are ready to fight France for that spot in the semi-finals.”

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The first two quarter-finals take place on Friday, with Croatia beating Brazil and Argentina beating the Netherlands, with the other game – between Portugal and Morocco – taking place this afternoon.

The England squad will be boosted by the return of Raheem Sterling, who has returned to the team after an emergency trip back to the UK.

Sterling wants to be with his family after their Surrey home was broken into shortly before England’s game against Senegal.

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Southgate said the extent of Sterling’s involvement in the match against France has yet to be decided, adding: “We’ll have to assess that, but we’re really pleased he’s back.”

England captain Harry Kane said: “We’re not here just to get to the quarter-finals, let’s take it that way.

“We know there are some very good teams in this tournament, we also know that we are a very good team too, so if we lose tomorrow we will be as disappointed as anyone.”

Andrew Whittaker, 30, a claims and expenses consultant living in Doha, which borders Liverpool, said: “I think they will do well against France, I have a funny feeling.

“This is the first test.

England's Raheem Sterling during a training session at Al Wakrah Sports Complex in Al Wakrah, Qatar.  Date taken: Friday, December 9, 2022.
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Raheem Sterling is back with England

“They always play against weaker teams and play well and when they go into the big game they always lose a little bit.

“So hopefully this time it’s the third lucky one.”

But France fan Julien Abbassi, from Paris, said: “My real feeling is that I have complete respect for the England team because you guys have a good squad, score a lot of goals, but I think we are. is a good team.

“We have experience, our coach knows how to deal with this type of squad.”

Mr Abbassi, 40, was spotted in Doha, wearing a hat with a plastic baguette attached and saying: “For example, (French striker Olivier) Giroud played in England, (French striker Kylian) Mbappe has faced (British star) Kyle Walker, so I think we’re ready for this game, I’m confident.”

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