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England vs France: FIFA World Cup – Captain of his country for more than a decade, Hugo Lloris will make French national…

England vs France: FIFA World Cup – Captain of his country for more than a decade, Hugo Lloris will make French national team history on Saturday when he leads the World Cup holders into their quarter-final clash with England, tasked with shutting out his friend and club colleague Harry Kane. Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE updates with Akashera.IN.

Lloris and England captain Kane have been teammates at Tottenham since 2013, but by then the goalkeeper was already well established as France captain after first being given the armband by Laurent Blanc in a friendly against England in November 2010.

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England vs France: France captain Hugo Lloris eyes HISTORY in World Cup quarter-final against England as GK set to overtake LEGENDARY Lilian Thuram for this record – Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE

It came not long after France’s disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa and 12 years on, Lloris will win a France record 143rd cap against England at the Al Bayt Stadium, overtaking previous record holder Lilian Thuram.

England vs France France captain Lloris set to make history

“To achieve that in a career and stay at the very highest level for 10 to 12 years while almost never getting injured shows how consistent he has been,” France assistant coach Guy Stephan said this week. Lloris turns 36 this month and has changed a lot since first becoming captain at international level while playing club football for Lyon.

He has since been on the losing end of a European Championship final before lifting the World Cup four years ago in Russia. “I have developed naturally. I think I’m a lot different now than the boy I was at 23 when I got the armband for the first time.” he told AFP shortly before arriving in Qatar.

His presence now is reassuring for coach Didier Deschamps, especially as most of the defense in front of him has changed since 2018, partly due to injuries – Raphael Varane is the only member of the Russia starting line-up expected to start against England.

Varane has hailed Lloris as a calming influence, even though the stats suggest he is no longer as reliable as he once was. Analysis from Opta has shown that Lloris has saved just 40 per cent of the shots he has faced at this World Cup, down from 67 per cent in 2018.

‘Leader of Men’

But his importance to the French set-up goes beyond these numbers.

Deschamps needs a player of his experience even more after the withdrawal of several stars, not least midfield duo Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, due to injury before the tournament.

England vs France: France captain Hugo Lloris eyes HISTORY in World Cup quarter-final against England as GK set to overtake LEGENDARY Lilian Thuram for this record – Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE

Thierry Malaspina, his former youth coach at first club Nice, described Lloris as “discreet” but also “a real leader of men” when he spoke to AFP last year ahead of the EC.

If making yourself heard is seen as an important quality for a captain, Lloris himself insists that being a leader is about much more than that.

“Words are one thing, but the most important thing is to make an effort on the field,” said the Cote d’Azur native, who started out playing tennis before turning to soccer.

“These days there’s a lot of focus on what can happen in the locker room, but honestly, sometimes we don’t really need to talk.” One thing Lloris made clear just before the tournament was that he did not want a multi-coloured anti-discrimination armband, doing so before other captains were told they faced disciplinary action if they took part in the initiative.

Contracted at Tottenham until 2024, Lloris knows his seventh major international could well be his last, especially as AC Milan star Mike Maignan – missing in Qatar through injury – is patiently waiting to step up.

“There is a big chance that this could be my last World Cup because the next one is in four years. I just want to focus on this event and enjoy it to the maximum,” Lloris said.

Now he and France face a momentary showdown against England. Led by the goals of Kylian Mbappe, they have impressed so far, but this is easily the biggest test Les Bleus have faced as they try to become the first team in 60 years to retain the World Cup. “We all want to make the most of every moment as a team. We don’t want to stop here,” he said.

England vs France: France captain Hugo Lloris eyes HISTORY in World Cup quarter-final against England as GK set to overtake LEGENDARY Lilian Thuram for this record – Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE

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