France clash with England in the most anticipated game of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Read here to find out what will happen to the reigning champions if they lose to the famous Three Lions in the quarterfinals.
France are still favorites to advance to the World Cup after beating Poland 3-1 in the Round of 16. Didier Deschamps and his players are trying to become only the third national team ever to win back-to-back editions: Italy (1934-1938) and Brazil (1958-1962).
In a very surprising statistic, this will be only the third meeting between these two teams in World Cup history. England won 2-0 in the final group stage match at Wembley in 1966 and the Three Lions also won 3-1 in Bilbao in the first round of Spain 1982.
After winning the 1966 World Cup at home, England failed to lift the trophy for a second time. Moreover, they did not even reach the finals again. Their best performances were the semi-finals in Italy 1990 and Russia in 2018. Now the Three Lions could spoil it by knocking out the defending champions.
What happens if France lose to England in the quarterfinals?
If France lose to England in the quarterfinals, they will be oficially eliminated from the Qatar 2022 World Cup. This would also mean that no team was able to win consecutive editions in 60 years.
In this scenario, England would reach the semifinals for the fourth time in history: 1966, 1990, 2018 and 2022. At that stage, Gareth Southgate’s team will play on Wednesday, December 14, just two victories away from glory.