Hodgson gives verdict on France friendly decision

England manager Roy Hodgson has backed the decision to play this Tuesday’s friendly against France, despite the atrocities that occurred in Paris on Friday night.

The French national side’s international friendly with Germany was subject to acts of terrorism, with eight attackers taking the lives of innocent bystanders in Paris, both outside the stadium and in nearby venues.

With such a loss of life and the added threat that London could be targeted next, the French Football Federation had to give serious consideration whether the scheduled clash at Wembley would still take place.

The FA were open to the possibility of cancelling the friendly in the light of the unspeakable incidents in Paris, but their French equivalents have opted to play the game regardless.

Hodgson has stated that the home fans and players respect the decision and will do their part in unifying with the travelling contingent in a show of solidarity against the actions on Friday night.

“We respect the decision and will prepare accordingly, both on and off the pitch,” BBC Sport quote Hodgson as saying.

“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 evening and provide support for both teams during this difficult time.”