Tonight, as the French national team prepared to get back to business on the park following the traumatising events which took place only a stone throw away from the Stade de France where they entertained Germany, they were joined in solidarity from their English opponents as fans posed for pre-match pictures while the entire Wembley stadium joined in for a rendition of La Marseillaise – the French national anthem.
It was a fantastic gesture from the home side as the Wembley arch, lit in the red, white and blue colours of the French flag, shadowed over the crowd who unveiled their Tricolour tifo.
In a match which is normally described as a rivalry, fans set aside their difference to join as one as England went on to a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Delle Ali and Wayne Rooney.
However, Twitter users took to the social media site to praise former Portsmouth, Arsenal and Chelsea star Lassana Diara who lost his cousin in the terror attack desribed as the worst in over a decade.
Lass posted a statement to his Twitter account on Saturday sharing his thoughts and feelings at the death of his cousin who he described as a big sister and tonight he showed his bravado taking to the field.
Tonight was lovely and seeing Lassana Diarra on the pitch after everything was so amazing. #Solidarity ?????✊
— Abdullah Moallim (@El_Abdullah88) November 17, 2015
Lassana diarra ???? #respect
— Jerem'S (@Jerems_76) November 17, 2015
Huge respect to Lassana Diarra tonight.
— Connor Sayer (@SayerConnor) November 17, 2015
Massive respect for the French football team and a special mention for the brave Lassana Diarra.
— James Pelling (@pelling) November 17, 2015
Hats off to lassana diarra for playing tonight after losing his cousin in the attacks only days ago. Brave man ?
— Grant Sneddon (@grantsneddon5) November 17, 2015
The reaction to Lassana Diarra coming on the pitch then was ecstatic. What a brave brave man.
— Ben Gregory (@Bengregoryy) November 17, 2015
Thoughts go out to Lassana Diarra ? Brave man for being on that pitch after what's happened to his family
— Amity (@RyanOriginal) November 17, 2015
People say footballers are soft etc, try telling Lassana Diarra that after what he's been through this week. #hero ????
— Jake Holyoak (@jakeyholyoak) November 17, 2015
Lassana Diarra you hero ??
— Will Prinn (@WillPrinn12) November 17, 2015
— james lowe (@thelowedog) November 17, 2015
Lassana Diarra is so strong though. I can't even imagine how he is feeling right now.
— Mertescielny (@flame_gloriosa) November 17, 2015