Thursday 8 December 2016

Hugo Lloris: 'Wembley friendly will allow us to escape the mourning for 90 minutes'

Published 16/11/2015 | 17:59

France's Hugo Lloris during the press conference ahead of tomorrow's friendly at Wembley
Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne
France's Hugo Lloris during the press conference ahead of tomorrow's friendly at Wembley Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne

France captain Hugo Lloris hopes Tuesday's friendly against England will be a show of solidarity as well as a chance to "escape" from the drama affecting his homeland.

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Didier Deschamps' side made the trip to Wembley despite a series of terrorist attacks which hit Paris on Friday night, while Les Bleus were playing against Germany.

That decision came from French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet and, although Lloris admitted to having doubts, he supports it.

He said: "The president made the best decision, I think, to play this game.

"Of course we are human and we had doubts, whether to play or not, to go home or stay together, but I think it was well managed by the coach and the technical staff.

"The last three days were a bit dramatic. We were in mourning all together, we spent some time at Clairefontaine (at the national football academy).

"We will try to escape from it for one hour and 30 minutes. There will be a lot of emotion from the players, but it will be a great moment of solidarity.

"It will be an opportunity for us to show character and share this moment with all the English people."

France arrived to find Wembley's arch lit up in the red, white and blue of their national flag, while the words of their national anthem La Marseillaise will be displayed on the stadium screen to encourage English fans to join their visitors in singing it before the game.

Regarding the anthem, Lloris said: "We will sing that together and share in that moment.

"It will be sung by a great number of English people as well, which will make it stronger.

"I know the English very well and I know they're very respectful as far as this kind of event is concerned. I know they'll help us to commemorate.

"This game is a good opportunity to represent the French nation. The French nation is more important than French football tomorrow."

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