England take on France tonight at Wembley, in a friendly match that is set to transcend football, and indeed sport.
England fans will be asked to join in with a chorus of the French national anthem, in a show of unity against last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
And one World Cup-winning France legend, who has strong ties to England, has a vague idea of what it’ll be like for players on the pitch this evening, trying to focus on a match just a matter of days after such horrific events.
Thierry Henry was in Champions League action for his beloved Arsenal away at Real Mallorca on September 11, 2001, just hours after the Twin Towers had been destroyed by terrorists in New York, with thousands of innocent people losing their lives.
The Gunners lost 1-0, but the result was meaningless to a lot of the shocked players on the pitch.
In his column for The Sun, Henry recalled:
“I will never forget that Arsenal were ordered to play their Champions League game against Real Mallorca just five hours after the Twin Towers had collapsed in New York.
“It was the only time in my career that we lost and I didn’t care.
“We played because we had to but while I was physically on the pitch, mentally I was on the other side of the Atlantic with all those people suffering in America.”