England v France: What fans travelling to Wembley need to know about travel, security and remembrance measures

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England and France are pushing ahead with their friendly at Wembley tonight, in a show of defiance and solidarity following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week which killed 132 people and injure dhundreds more.

Yet due to the targeting of the Stade de France during France's match with Germany by suicide bombers, fans should expect to deal with extra security at the game.

Furthermore, those present will be asked to pay their respects in a variety of ways. Here's everything you need to know if you're travelling to the game:

Heightened security

Security for the game has been beefed up following events in Paris, so fans should anticipate "extensive searches upon entrance" according to the FA.

Police officers will be visible in "increased numbers" at the game, according to Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Peter Terry, who said the Met "carried out a full and thorough review of our policing operation, in light of the tragic events in Paris last Friday".

Armed police will be deployed at the stadium, but Terry insists the measures are just precautionary and not as a result of any specific intelligence.

There will also be increased bag searches so fans are told it is better to travel without them if possible.

Arrive early

The FA has advised fans to arrive at the stadium earlier than usual, due to the increased security measures being put in place by police.

Although the match does not kick-off until 8pm, fans are requested to arrive at least five minutes earlier in order to observe the minute's silence and national anthems.

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Those present at Wembley will be asked to pay their respects to the victims of Friday's atrocity in a number of ways.

England fans are being encouraged to respect or even join in with the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, the words of which will be displayed on the stadium big screen. The stirring anthem will be played after "God Save the Queen", in a change of protocol for England home matches.

French flags have been attached every seat for fans to wave when the anthem is played.

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off and players will sport black armbands on the pitch.

Finally, the FA will continue to light the iconic Wembley arch in red, white and blue - the tricolore of the France flag standing for liberty, equality, fraternity.

The below video contains the lyrics for the anthem:

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