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Football Match Between England And France To Go Ahead On Tuesday

"I am sure the England team and our fans will play their part and show solidarity with our French friends," England manager Roy Hodgson said, welcoming the decision.

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A friendly football match between England and France will go ahead as planned on Tuesday, despite devastating terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.

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Great Britain and Ireland teams observe a silence for the victims of Friday's Paris attacks as a charity football match on Saturday 14 November.

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel le Graet said a decision was made by the FFF and the British government on Saturday that the match, to be played at London's Wembley Stadium, would not be cancelled, the BBC reported.

"We will use the opportunity to pay our respects to all affected and also to express our solidarity with the people of France," Football Association chair Greg Dyke said.

"Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the city of Paris after these terrible atrocities. On behalf of the FA, I want to express our sorrow and send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives."

England manager Roy Hodgson welcomed the decision and said his team would prepare accordingly both on and off the pitch.

"The match will be a serious occasion but one that shows that the football world is united against these atrocities," he told the BBC.

"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."

The international friendly match between England and France will be played at 7:45pm on Tuesday 17 November.

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Laura Silver at laura.silver@buzzfeed.com.

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