It was an emotional night in London on Tuesday, as France played England just four days after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris.
Never has the term ‘friendly’ been more appropriate, with both sets of players and fans joining in for a very special rendition of the French national anthem…
Both England and France fans join in with the French national anthem at Wembley. A brilliant, brilliant tribute… pic.twitter.com/2NxbEPuEWq
— talkingbaws (@talkingbaws) November 17, 2015
But there were fears across the continent that there could be more bad news on the way after the proposed match between Germany and Holland was called off just 90 minutes before kick-off in Hanover.
We told you at the time how reports had filtered out of German newspapers that the emergency service were fearful they had found an ambulance packed with explosives, but thankfully these seemed to be inaccurate.
And after England’s 2-0 win over the French, their clearly emotional manager Didier Deschamps revealed that he hadn’t told his players about the events unfolding in Germany, for fear of their state of mind…
Deschamps says he deliberately didn't tell his players about the Germany-Holland cancellation, thinking they had been through enough
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) November 17, 2015
And Deschamps was also full of praise for midfielder Lassana Diarra, who played in the fixture despite losing his cousin in the attacks…
Deschamps on Diarra: "He sent us a remarkable message. His presence was something very strong. That's why I sent him on at the end."
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) November 17, 2015
Both England and France will find out their Euro 2016 fate when the draw is made on December 11 in Paris.