France v England: French fans sing God Save The Queen
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 19:13
France boss Didier Deschamps came in for criticism after Friday's defeat to Sweden that put their World Cup qualification hopes in jeopardy and he responded by fielding a team packed with youthful attacking verve.
The goal sparked France into action, and they soon dragged themselves level courtesy of some rather static defending from Gareth Southgate's men.
Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe made it 2-1 at the break, although it appeared to be advantage England when Raphael Varane was sent off for bringing down Dele Alli and Kane beat Tottenham colleague Hugo Lloris from the spot.
Deschamps said the sending off was the "disaster scenario" for France, but his team's fantastic display meant it did not matter. "Beyond that, coaching conversations I have with players stay private", Southgate said.
Here, England were back in France for the first time since their disastrous Euro 2016 campaign a year ago, when they were humiliated by Iceland in the last 16.
"I think both players had some really good moments and it's hard to assess without watching it back, but I thought there were definitely positive individual performances", he added.
Olivier Giroud, with six goals in four games for France prior to this match, thought he had equalized with a spectacular volley, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside. The Premier League golden boot victor had not played under Southgate until this get together and it is not hard to see why he is so central to England's plans. We've got to find a way to win, especially when they went down to 10 men.
Alli's burst into the box ended under pressure from Varane, with referee Massa pointing to the spot and referring to the video assistants.
Despite having a man extra England failed to trouble France further and it was the hosts who came closest to the game's sixth goal when Dembele slid a ball through for Mbappe, who was only denied by a fine stop from Butland in stoppage time.
"Dembele played well. He moved well and he hurt England".
He scored as a substitute against Scotland in Saturday's 2-2 World Cup qualifier draw and that proved enough for him to earn a start against the French.
This was shortly before he set up Dembele for his maiden goal for France. "We have not got anywhere near these teams when it comes to tournaments and finals so that is why we need to play them".
Despite having a man-advantage, Gareth Southgate's side failed to impose themselves on the remainder of the game, with France looking the more likely to find a victor.