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The goodness on show in Wembley Stadium tonight will send shivers down your spine

La Marseillaise and a minute’s silence were both beautiful.

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EUROPE’S LARGEST NATIONAL football stadium was this evening filled with the sound of voices singing the continent’s most famous national anthem.

Perhaps even more beautifully, they all also fell silent.

Four days after their last match was interrupted by bombs outside their home stadium, the French national football team lined up to play England at Wembley Stadium.

Before the match there was talk of English fans learning the words to La Marseillaise to sing along with their nearest neighbours before kick-off.

Whether this happened or not, the sound of thousands of fans from either side coming together to sing in unison certainly represented a touching moment in London tonight.

It wasn’t the only touching moment though, as the entire stadium observed a minute’s silence to remember the 129 people who died last Friday.

The cousin of one of the French players playing this evening, Lassana Diarra, was one of those who died.

The minute silence itself, seen from the top tier of Wembley is incredibly powerful.

Source: Kristian Brunt-Seymour/YouTube

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