How to watch the England vs France World Cup quarter-final live stream for free online, team news

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England vs France live stream, date, time, channels

The England vs France live stream takes place today (Saturday, Dec. 10).
Time 7 p.m. GMT / 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. AEDT (Dec. 11)
• U.S. — Watch on FOX via Sling (opens in new tab)
• U.K. — Watch on ITV and ITV Hub (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

England vs France is the pick of the World Cup 2022 quarter-final stage. These two European heavyweights both boast squads stacked with quality players, but for one side the dream will end here. 

England came into the World Cup in pretty dire form, but the Three Lions have been impressive in their efficiency so far. Topping Group A appeared to be almost a formality, and a round of 16 tie against Senegal presented little problem. France have similarly impressed at this tournament, winning their group and eliminating Poland with relative ease thanks to the brilliance of Kylian Mbappé. 

This much-anticipated showdown between England and France could be a World Cup match for the ages, and it’s very hard to pick a clear favorite. You won’t want to miss the England vs France live stream and show you how to watch from anywhere below. 

Plus, make sure you don’t miss a moment of the World Cup by checking out our full how to watch World Cup 2022 live streams hub. 

How to watch England vs France anywhere

The England vs France live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world. But what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

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2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Sling or another service and watch the game.

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England vs France live streams by country

How to watch the England vs France live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the England vs France live stream on FOX and the FOX website (opens in new tab) with a valid login, if your local FOX affiliate is showing the match. FOX is included with all cable packages or with one of our best TV antenna picks. 

Another option would be Sling TV (opens in new tab): the Sling Blue package costs just $40 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including FOX (provided you're in an area with a local Fox affiliate). Best of all, right now Sling is offering half off the first month (opens in new tab), allowing you to watch the entire World Cup for just $20. 

Or you could go for Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). Its Pro Plan costs $70 per month but gives you 121 channels, including FOX (provided you have a local affiliate), plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy. 

Spanish language coverage is available via Telemundo or Peacock (opens in new tab). The first 12 games will be available to watch on a free account, but if you want to watch the full tournament you'll need a Peacock Premium subscription ($9.99/month). 

If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the England vs France live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Sling TV (opens in new tab)

Sling TV (opens in new tab) offers two packages, both of which cost $40 a month. The Sling Blue plan comes with 30-plus channels, including NBC, NBCSN and USA. Plus, World Cup fans can stream the entire tournament on FS1 and FOX.

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If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got FOX and FS1, a a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front, and dozens of additional sports channels, including NBCSN and ESPN. 

How to watch the England vs France live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the England vs France live stream on TSN (opens in new tab), the home of World Cup 2022 in Canada. 

If you've cut the cord, you can sign up for TSN Direct (opens in new tab) for $19.99 per month or you can take an annual pass which works out at $16.66 per month. Plus, the service is open to all: you don't need to have TSN as part of an existing TV package.

If you live in Canada and already subscribe to TSN, but aren't at home right now, you can still watch a England vs France live stream by using a quality VPN like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch the England vs France live stream in the UK

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In the U.K., the England vs France live stream will be available to watch for free on ITV, or you can stream online via ITV Hub (opens in new tab). You will need a valid U.K. TV license in order to watch the game on TV or via online streaming. 

If you're not currently in the U.K. and have a valid TV license, you can still watch a England vs France live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch the England vs France live stream in Australia

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Aussie soccer fans can watch the World Cup 2022 for free on SBS, including the England vs France live stream. The free-to-air network is available on traditional TV or online by using SBS On-Demand (opens in new tab).

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on SBS as if you were back home. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is out top pick of the options out there.   

How to watch the England vs France live stream in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access the England vs France live stream via Sky Sport (opens in new tab). This costs $60.98 NZD per month, or you could go for the Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week, $39.99/month or $399/year. 

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game of the World Cup 2022 by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

England vs France preview

England started their round of 16 match against Senegal a little nervy with multiple stray passes and lapses in defences, perhaps suggesting the Three Lions were having an off-day. But a wonderfully worked Jordan Henderson goal on 40 minutes calmed things down, and from that point on England’s place in the quarter-finals looked all but guaranteed. 

Eventually running out 3-0 victors it was overall another satisfactory performance from Gareth Southgate's men. They have yet to replicate the lethal attacking display presented in their first World Cup 2022 game against Iran, but right now it's hard not to class England as among the favorites to win the whole tournament of the remaining eight teams. But reigning world champions France will be England’s toughest test at a major tournament for almost a decade, and could bring the dream of football coming home to a swift end. 

The margins are tight, but Les Blues just about come into this game as the favorites. That’s primarily because of one man: Kylian Mbappé. Not just the best player in this impressive France squad, but almost certainly the best player of the tournament overall, Mbappé is leading the scoring charts with five goals to his name. His brace against Poland in the last round was proof of his immense talent, and if England are to win this match stopping Mbappé will be a necessity. 

However, while they’ve never looked in danger of elimination, France have shown some uncharacteristic vulnerabilities at this tournament. They’ve failed to keep a single clean sheet and initially went a goal behind to Australia in their opening group game. The French also lost to Tunisia in the group stages, but this result came after heavy squad rotation so can be somewhat explained away.  

Winners of the World Cup in 2018, France are a tournament-smart team with quality in just about every area, especially up front. Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé is an attacking trio that would give any defense nightmares. When paired with Mbappé, it’s hard not to see England’s backline being breached at some point.  

Fans of either team will surely be glued to the screen for the entire match, but neutral viewers will also want to tune in. The England vs France match is the type of showdown that makes the World Cup so special; two powerhouse teams compete with everything on the line. You won’t want to miss this one. 

England vs France team news

England stick with the same team that cruised past Senegal in the round of 16. That means that Jordan Henderson keeps his place in the midfield, and Southgate has not opted to switch to a five-at-the-back system as some expected. The side is also boosted by the return of Raheem Sterling who starts on the bench. Sterling had flown home to deal with a family matter but is ready to play a part against France if called upon. 

It's as you were for France as well, Didier Deschamps also names an unchanged starting XI. Rumors that Kylian Mbappé could miss this game and being absent from training in midweek have proved wide of the mark, the lethal striker starts for Les Blues. He will play alongside Griezmann, Dembele and Giroud, that's an attack that will surely have the English defence very worried. Plus, Hugo Lloris becomes the most-capped player in the history of the men's national team as he starts in goal making his 143rd appearance for France. 

Here's how they line up: 

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Bellingham, Henderson, Kane, Saka, Foden.

France: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez, Griezmann, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Dembele, Giroud, Mbappe.

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