Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Match Had to Go Ahead to Show Our Defiance - Hodgson

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Match Had to Go Ahead to Show Our Defiance - Hodgson

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ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson reiterated the stance that last night's friendly with France at Wembley was a "show of defiance" following Friday's terrorist attacks on Paris.

Hodgson's England were hosting Les Bleus four days after at least 129 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of attacks.

Various tributes were paid in memory of the victims and crowds joined in singing French national anthem La Marseillaise.

A flag with "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" led the team procession onto the field, followed out by the Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister David Cameron, FA Chairman Greg Dyke, French Federation president Noel Le Great and Patrick Kanner, French Secretary of State for urban affairs, youth and sport.

England boss Hodgson and French counterpart Didier Deschamps joined them as floral tributes were laid in the technical area, followed by the hosts' national anthem and then the visitors.'.

Hodgson said: "We see the game as a show of solidarity and a show of defi-ance. …

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