Needless to say, the England v France match tonight will be about so much more than football.
The events of Friday night have shocked the world but as always, in the aftermath of such tragic circumstances, so many good people look to come together and give a positive response to such atrocities.
At Wembley it has all the makings of a memorable evening, so much sadness but also such a poignant coming together of football fans of both countries, as well as many neutrals, to prove yet again that football is the common language of the world.
On top of all that, there is an actual game of football as well to enjoy.
I don’t say ‘enjoy’ lightly, considering the surrounding circumstances, but that is what happens once the whistle goes – we can all lose ourselves, both players and supporters, in what happens on the pitch for the 90 minutes.
A temporary respite from the overwhelming feeling of sadness that we all feel after Paris only four nights ago.
L’Equipe have predicted the team below, with Hatem Ben Arfa the big talking point.
A potential front three of Martial, Gignac and Ben Arfa could make for a new exciting front three for France to try out.
The predicted line-up has provoked a healthy response where Hatem Ben Arfa is concerned, with French football fans leaving the following comments on the L’Equipe article:
‘7 of 11 players that evolve or evolved (Hatem Ben Arfa) in Premier League. Good idea to test against England.’
‘In a few months we can have an attack of Ben Arfa, Martial, Fekir.’
‘Ben Arfa played only 10 minutes(v Germany) and hit the ball be 4 or 5 times, every time with ease. Technically above the rest.’
‘I cannot wait to see what happens. Creativity will be missing unless Hatem ignites the match.’
‘Hopefully Ben Arfa will succeed and show impeccable behaviour because he is one of the few that can illuminate the play of France.’
‘Ben Arfa will respond in the most beautiful way, will play a match and will be proud to represent the vast majority of French people of North African origin.’