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International friendly: France v EnglandVenue: Stade de France, Paris Date: Tuesday, 13 June Kick-off: 20:00 BSTCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live, live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Burnley's Tom Heaton and Stoke's Jack Butland will play a half each in goal for England against France on Tuesday.

Joe Hart - who conceded two late free-kicks against Scotland on Saturday - will play no part in the friendly.

"It was never my intention to play Joe in this game," said England boss Gareth Southgate before the match in Paris.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane remains captain after leading the side as they drew 2-2 with Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Heaton, 31, will be making his first start for England after a journey that has seen him play in all four divisions in England.

He failed to make the breakthrough at Manchester United and has since played for Swindon, Antwerp, Cardiff, QPR, Rochdale, Wycombe and Bristol City as well as the Clarets.

"Obviously I have played across all four divisions, the ambition never left me, that hunger to play for England," Heaton said.

"It might have felt, for other people, a long way off at certain times, playing down in League Two, but I never lost that belief."

Heaton will be winning his third cap - with both of his previous appearances coming off the bench.

Manchester City goalkeeper Hart played the full 90 minutes at Hampden Park - and was beaten by two strikes from Leigh Griffiths.

Asked if Hart was at fault for the goals, Southgate said: "They were great free-kicks. Beyond that, coaching conversations I have with players stay private.

"If we go down that route then it's not the right thing to do. I go back to the concession of free-kicks being the starting point.

"There are many areas we could have done better."

  • Read: Hart yet to receive any offers

Hart, 30, has won 71 caps but has acknowledged he faces fierce competition from Butland and Heaton, as well as Southampton's Fraser Forster.

"You need to give players the opportunity," said Southgate.

"In the past, one or two keepers have given up international football because they've not had that chance so I'm conscious of keeping players involved."

Butland, 24, only returned in late April after being sidelined since fracturing his ankle while on England duty in March 2016.

Southgate added: "We think he can also challenge for the number one spot.

"It is a difficult call on Fraser, who is also a very good keeper.

"With those four and [Sunderland's] Jordan Pickford, plus a couple of lads coming up potentially from the Championship next year, we are very healthy."

Video assistant referee will be used

Tuesday's match will be the first senior England fixture with a video assistant referee.

The use of VARs is being trialled by world governing body Fifa and could feature in next year's World Cup.

Italian Davide Massa will referee the match, with two conventional assistant referees plus compatriots Marco Guida and Massimiliano Irrati providing television support.

The VARs can be used to review the following:

  • Goals where there may have been a violation or offside missed during the build-up
  • Penalty decisions
  • Red cards
  • Mistaken identity

Massa will officiate as normal but there will be recourse to utilise technology, initiated either by the VAR or by the referee, who can call for a review process by outlining a square with his hands.

VAR was used in the friendly between France and Spain in March - with both key decisions going against the French.

Antoine Griezmann had a goal ruled out for offside and Spain's Gerard Deulofeu had a goal awarded after an incorrect offside decision.

France to pay tribute

The Oasis song Don't Look Back in Anger will be played before the game as the French pay their respects to those killed in the recent attacks in London and Manchester.

Fans will hold up red and white placards to form the England flag as the song is played just before the players emerge from the tunnel.

Both teams will wear black armbands and a minute's silence will also be observed prior to the match.

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet French President Emmanuel Macron for talks on Tuesday and both are expected to attend the match at the Stade de France.

Friendly facts

  • England have won only one of their past six away games against France (D1 L4) - a 1-0 win under Glenn Hoddle in June 1997.
  • However, they did win their last meeting with Les Bleus, in a friendly at Wembley in November 2015 (2-0).
  • England have scored just nine goals in their past 11 meetings with France, with three of those being scored by Tottenham players (Gary Lineker in 1992, Peter Crouch in 2010 and Dele Alli in 2015).
  • France have won seven of their past nine home friendly games, including a 5-0 win against Paraguay last time out in which Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick.
  • England have won just one of their past five away friendlies (D2 L2).
  • In his past four appearances for club and country combined, Harry Kane has scored nine goals.
  • Since losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal, France have lost just twice (W6 D2 L2), but both of those losses have come in the last three games. France lost 2-1 in Sweden on Friday.



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