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Emotional return for France and Hugo

Posted on 29 March 2016  - 11:45

Hugo Lloris is ready for an emotional return to the Stade de France tonight (Tuesday, March 29).

Hugo pictured training at the Amsterdam Arena before France's friendly against Holland on FridayHugo faces the media with coach Didier Deschamps

It's the first time the French national football team have been back at the stadium since the Paris attacks in November.

The Stade de France was one of the venues targeted that tragic night in Paris as France took on Germany in a friendly on November 13.

Just four days later, Hugo captained the French side again against England as fans stood together to sing La Marseillaise at Wembley. That was France's last friendly before this week's return to international fixtures - and now Hugo and his international team-mates return to the Stade de France to take on Russia.

"It’s important to go back to the Stade de France to play against Russia and, of course, to enjoy it with our fans and hopefully have a great performance," Hugo told Spurs TV before joining the French squad.

"We need to look forward and try to forget what happened in the last few months.

"All the French people are excited for this period and expecting to see a great French national team.

"The feeling is not easy for the French players but at the same time, we’re all excited because the Euros are coming up soon."

France host this summer's European Championships and will kick-off the tournament against Romania on Friday, June 10 at the Stade de France.