English and French football fans put their rivalries aside for the night, and joined in song to bellow an emotional rendition of La Marseillaise in homage to the victims of the Paris attacks.
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It initially looked as though the game was going to be cancelled as a safety measure following last Friday’s tragedies, but over 90,000 fans turned up at Wembley Stadium to watch the game after the teams agreed for the match to go ahead.
Thousands of England fans took it upon themselves to learn the French national anthem, and belted it out in unison with their French opposition as a display of solidarity.
A minute’s silence was impeccably observed, with fans behind one goal holding up coloured cards to display the red, white and blue of the French flag. England manager Roy Hodgson and France coach Didier Deschamps joined FA president Prince William in laying flowers on the side of the field. It was an emotional display all round, and while England may have scored more goals, it was a night where football won.
It was great to see, especially when you consider that over in Germany, the game was called off ahead of kick off due to a severe security threat.