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Last Updated: Sunday October 14 2007 11:42 GMT

In pictures: England v France

The England rugby team belt out the national anthem ahead of the match being called Le Crunch. They were taking on France in the World Cup semi-final...

The England rugby team belt out the national anthem ahead of the match being called Le Crunch. They were taking on France in the World Cup semi-final...

France - the host nation - had seen off New Zealand's mighty All Blacks to get through to the game. They were going all-out for the victory....

France - the host nation - had seen off New Zealand's mighty All Blacks to get through to the game. They were going all-out for the victory....

But England got off to a dream start, when Josh Lewsey scored a try after less than two minutes of play...

But England got off to a dream start, when Josh Lewsey scored a try after less than two minutes of play...

France's man mountain Sebastien Chabal started on the bench. But - with the pressure on - he was brought on to strengthen France...

France's man mountain Sebastien Chabal started on the bench. But - with the pressure on - he was brought on to strengthen France...

France were soon in front, thanks to some fantastic kicking by Lionel Beauxis. GAME ON!

France were soon in front, thanks to some fantastic kicking by Lionel Beauxis. GAME ON!

England's comeback king Jonny Wilkinson took a while to find his form. But, when it REALLY mattered, he converted. Good work!

England's comeback king Jonny Wilkinson took a while to find his form. But, when it REALLY mattered, he converted.

With the seconds ticking away, England cling on to their narrow lead. Here's Jason Robinson powering though the French defence.

With the seconds ticking away, England cling on to their narrow lead. Here's Jason Robinson powering though the French defence.

Jonny - who scored the drop-goal that won England the 2003 World Cup - does it AGAIN! England 14, France 9.

Jonny - who scored the drop-goal that won England the 2003 World Cup - does it AGAIN! England 14, France 9.

Time is running out. France need a converted try to win. They go hard at England, but the defence dig in - and they can't get through!

Time is running out. France need a converted try to win. They go hard at England, but the defence dig in - and they can't get through!

The final whistle. England are in the World Cup final, defending the title they won in 2003.

The final whistle. England are in the World Cup final, defending the title they won in 2003.

It's heartbreaking for the France fans, whose team battled until the last second of the match.

It's heartbreaking for the France fans, whose team battled until the last second of the match.

The England fans are JUBILANT. Their team made a bad start to the tournament, but they've suddenly found their form!

The England fans are JUBILANT. Their team made a bad start to the tournament, but they've suddenly found their form!

Jonny Wilkinson leaves the pitch in Paris. Can he do it all again in the final?

Jonny Wilkinson leaves the pitch in Paris. Can he do it all again in the final?



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