Saturday debate: What is your favourite England v France memory
22:02 GMT, 9 March 2012
RUGBY UNION: Micky Skinner’s tackle on France No 8 Marc Cecillon in the 1991 World Cup quarter-final at the Parc des Princes. The home side were attacking England’s line and Cecillon stormed forward from the base of a scrum only to be picked up, marched back and dumped on his backside by Skinner. That act of defiance had a major bearing on the outcome. England won 19-10.
Le Crunch: Mickey Skinner tackles Marc Cecillon
RUGBY UNION: March 16, 1991, minutes into a double-edged England-France Grand Slam decider. Simon Hodgkinson’s penalty misses. Pierre Berbizier catches it in-goal and instead of touching down for a drop-out, he gives it to Serge Blanco and the French are off, en route to the greatest try seen at HQ. The crucial work is done by Didier Camberabero, whose toupe truly made him the man who put the rug into rugby. Camberabero’s delicious cross-kick. Phillipe Saint-Andre, haring downfield, catches it on the second bounce and scores. Magic. England recovered to win a thriller 21-19.
FOOTBALL: The Group B clash at Euro 2004 had it all – oh, except the famous English victory Frank Lampard’s first-half goal seemed to have served up. David Beckham’s penalty was saved but it was still 1-0 to England as 90 minutes passed. Then for Zinedine Zidane’s injury-time artistry (a superb free-kick equaliser) and a sweep of his majesty (his late, late penalty) to seal a 2-1 win. He even regained his composure after vomiting at the head of his run-up to that spot-kick winner. Unassailable drama.
Heartache: Zinedine Zidane scores France's winner at Euro 2004
FOOTBALL: Michel Platini has made a dog’s dinner of running UEFA, but he could play. In the midfield quartet called Carre Magique (the magic square), Platini, Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse and Luis Fernandez were must-have trades for my Panini sticker collection and first played together against England in 1984. They won 2-0, Platini scored a header and a free kick. It was the start of something beautiful.
OLYMPICS: Nobody ran or threw on my favourite England-France moment on July 6, 2005, although I was not alone in jumping for joy in Singapore at the result of the vote for host city of the 2012 Olympic Games: London 54, Paris 50. Close but crushing.
Memorable day: Jonathan Edwards and Co celebrate London being awarded the Olympics
F1: Nigel Mansell passing bitter rival Alain Prost with a daredevil out-braking manoeuvre in front of Prost’s home fans at the 1991 French Grand Prix.
TENNIS: OK, so he’s British not English, but Andy Murray at Wimbledon 2008 when he came back from two sets down on a dramatic Centre Court evening to defeat Richard Gasquet, hitting the ball round the net post to clinch his third set comeback and mounting the photographers’ pit.