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England manager Roy Hodgson says decision to play against France is right


England boss Roy Hodgson welcomed the decision to play Tuesday's friendly between England and France at Wembley. the game had been in doubt after Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris killed 129 people.

Despite the atrocity, French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel le Graet said his team will still travel to London.

"We respect the decision and will prepare accordingly, both on and off the pitch," said England boss Hodgson.

"The match will be a serious occasion but one that shows that the football world is united against these atrocities.

"I am sure the England team and our fans will play their part and show solidarity with our French friends on Tuesday and provide support for both teams during this difficult time."

England fans are being asked to sing the French national anthem  before the game as a show of solidarity.

An online petition has been set up calling for the Football Association to make the game "a symbol of friendship and fraternite" by donating profits to the French Red Cross and French charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

However, an FA spokesman said the game had "already been designated a Breast Cancer Care inter­national" with funds being donated to that cause.

"The French Football Federation have advised us on the appropriate way to pay our respects following the tragic events in Paris," the spokesman added.

The England Under-20s match against France, due to take place on Saturday, was postponed.

French President Francois Hollande declared three days of national mourning as the capital recovers from the worst atrocity in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.
 HG

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