The 2022 FIFA World Cup is around the corner. Qatar hosts the latest edition of FIFA’s flagship event. The 2022 World Cup will kick off with Qatar and Ecuador squaring off in a Group A fixture on November 20th.
Among the favourites to lift the World Cup title in Qatar are England and France. France goes into the 2022 World Cup as the defending champions. France lifted the World Cup in Russia in 2018. In Qatar, France will be aiming to retain the World Cup title they won four years ago.
England, meanwhile, will be chasing their second World Cup title. The Three Lions are placed in Group B at the 2022 World Cup, alongside the USA, Wales, and Iran.
France, meanwhile, are placed in Group D. And alongside the defending world champions in Group D are Denmark, Australia, and Tunisia.
England vs France head-to-head statistics
The two European heavyweights have met 31 times across all competitions over the years. England have an advantage over France when the results of the matches between the two nations are taken into account.
England have beaten France on 17 of the 31 occasions they clashed. France, meanwhile, have only been able to get the better of England on nine occasions. Meanwhile, five matches between these two European heavyweights ended in a draw.
England and France last met back in 2017. England and France squared off in an international friendly in June 2017. France edged England out in that game, with Les Bleus securing a 3-2 win over the Three Lions.
England vs France head-to-head record
France and England have clashed twice in the World Cup so far. England have trumped France on both occasions. The first World Cup clash between England and France was back in 1966.
Both England and France were in Group 1 at the 1966 World Cup. England cruised to a 2-0 win over France when the two sides met in the group stage of the 1966 World Cup.
The second World Cup clash between England and France came in 1982. Both England and France were in Group 4 at the 1982 World Cup. England once again beat France, bagging a 3-1 win over their European rivals.
France and England have not met at the World Cup since. Should the two sides clash in the knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup, that will be their third meeting at FIFA’s flagship event.
Who knocked England out of the 1982 World Cup?
England’s 1982 World Cup campaign ended in the second group stage. The Three Lions progressed to the second group stage after finishing first in Group 4. In the second group stage, England, however, could only manage a second-place finish. England only earned two points from two matches in Group B as West Germany advanced to the knock-out stage.
Who knocked France out of the 1982 World Cup?
France finished fourth in the 1982 World Cup. They advanced to the knockout stage after topping Group D with four points from two matches. In the semi-final, France took on West Germany and slumped to a defeat.
The game went into penalties after the two sides could not be separated at the end of normal time and extra time. West Germany converted five of their six penalties, while France only managed to convert four of their six. West Germany edged France out in the penalty shootout to seal their place in the final?
Who won the 1982 World Cup?
West Germany and Italy squared off in the final of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Italy secured the World Cup title after defeating West Germany 3-1 in the final. Italy’s Paolo Rossi won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball while France’s Manuel Amoros won the Best Young Player award.