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England and France pay tribute to terror victims with Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’

Date Posted,June 12, 2017

England and France paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the London Bridge and Manchester Arena terror attacks before their international friendly kicked off on Tuesday night.

Both teams wore black armbands and stood for a minute’s silence after the two teams had entered the Stade de France to Oasis’ hit ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ – played by the French Republican Guard.

The Mancunian bands classic has been used as an anthem after 22 concert goers were killed by a suicide bomber after an Ariana Grande gig last month.

The tributes were also to respect the eight members of public murdered by three terrorists in London 10 days ago.

Players from the two sides stand shoulder to shoulder (Photo: REUTERS)
Don’t Look Back In Anger was played before kick-off (Photo: ITV)
France and England stand as the bands plays Don’t Look Back in Anger (Photo: The FA via Getty Images)

Fans held red and white posters to form a mosaic effect of the England flag before kick-off.

Prime Minister Theresa May was in the stands alongside recently-elected French President Emmanuel Macron after the pair had held a joint press conference earlier in the evening.

Speaking in Paris before the game alongside new French President Emmanuel Macron, Mrs. May said: “Both our countries have sadly experienced the horrors of terrorism all too recently.

“I offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the three innocent French victims killed in the terrible attack in London last week.

“It shows so painfully how these attacks are not attacks on one place – but on us all.”

The two heads of state laid a wreath at the nearby plaque for victims of Paris attacks and were due to meet families of victims of those killed in the horror of the Bataclan in 2015.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May look on (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)
France fans show their support (Photo: Julian Finney)
The two sets of players stand silent to the 30 victims of the two attacks (Photo: AFP)

England were playing for the second time in four days following their dramatic 2-2 draw with rivals Scotland at Hampden on Saturday.

Then, a Harry Kane leveller denied the home side all three points after Leigh Griffiths had stunned the travelling support with two stunning free kicks in the final three minutes of normal time.

Manager Gareth Southgate made six changes to his starting XI for the clash in Paris against a French side who were beaten by Sweden last Friday.The tribute was a reply to the FA’s moving tribute at Wembley two years ago, weeks after he major terror attack in Paris.

England fans held up a flag reading ‘Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite’ in a moving gesture at Wembley.

France midfielder Lassana Diarra was a substitute that evening even though his cousin was among those killed, while Antoine Griezmann’s sister escaped the mass killing at the Bataclan theatre.

The words of La Marseillaise were shown on the big screen as both sets of fans joined in for a memorable rendition of the French national anthem.

England fans display the colours of the French flag remember those who lost their lives in the recent Paris attack prior to the International Friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2015 in London, England
England fans previously paid tribute to victims of the Paris attack two years ago (Photo: Getty)
Supporters ahead of kick-off (Photo: AFP)
England and French players stand during a minute’s silence (Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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