Although England failed to win the European Nations Cup in 2020, under the leadership of coach Gareth Southgate, not only did they return to the top four in the World Cup in Russia, but they also performed brilliantly in international competitions in recent years. In this World Cup, apart from conceding 2 points against Iran in the group stage, England did not lose points against the United States, Wales, and Senegal in the round of 16, showing a strong scoring ability.
The menacing defending champion France, although they lost to Tunisia in training in this tournament, still advanced to the round of 16 with the first place in the group and eliminated Poland easily. Under the leadership of coach Didier Deschamps, many young players in France have matured and become important support for the team. In addition to Kylian Mbappe, who is currently the scoring leader this year, midfielder Olivier Giroud also made great contributions on the road to advance.
Looking back at the past record of 32 matches between England and France, England has won 17 games and lost 9 games. Amongst those defeats, 5 of those games were to France. From the statistics point of view, it has the upper hand. However, France, which is seeking to defend the title, has become more mature in terms of striker cooperation without much change in the lineup. These two teams can be said to be the closest combination in the quarterfinals. And President Macron, who successfully predicted the correct score of the French round of 16, has once again called out the prediction that victory must belong to France.