As a touching tribute to the victims of the recent attacks in Manchester and London; France and England players walked out onto the field to the tune of ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ from Oasis, just moments before the friendly at Stade de France.
The song from the band that is synonymous with England, Oasis, was performed by musicians and the choir of the French Republican Guard, with the lead vocalist in uniform playing a guitar. England fans at the stadium joined in with their arms raised while the two big screens at the stadium projected the red and white cross of St. George and giant flags of France and England unfolded out onto the field. After the song, a huge applause resounded around the stadium.
Three attackers killed pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed people in Borough Market on June 3. Eight people were killed and dozens injured. The preceding attack of terrorism happened on May 22 when a man detonated a bomb as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people.
In honour of the victims, the British national anthem was sung first, ‘God Save the Queen’; it was then followed by the French national anthem ‘La Marseillaise’. The words to both anthems were displayed on the stadium’s giant screen. Some of the French crowd, caught into the emotion, also sang the English national anthem. British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron were present at the stadium and also sang.