Ryan Bertrand: Gareth Southgate still the man despite England's loss to France
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 7:50
The Latest on meeting between leaders of France and Britain (all times local): 9 p.m. France and England soccer players have walked out to the sound of "Don't Look Back in Anger" from Oasis moments before Tuesday's friendly at Stade de France, in a tribute to victims of the recent attacks in Manchester and London.
Harry Kane, last season's Premier League top scorer, opened the scoring account as early as in the ninth minute, when Raheem Sterling's back-heel freed Ryan Bertrand from the left wing to set up a low cross, and the Tottenham Hotspur striker coolly put the ball into the net.
England were level three minutes after half-time when Kane scored from the penalty spot following a collision between Raphael Varane and Dele Alli which required the intervention of the video assistant referee Marco Guido.
England football team captain Harry Kane has blamed poor defence for their 2-3 defeat to France in their global friendly here.
However, they failed to dominate the ball, often finding themselves overrun and in the end there was an air of inevitability about Ousmane Dembele's 78th minute victor.
Fans held up red and white placards to recreate the Flag of St George, and a minute's silence was held with players from both sides lining up together.
"But the downfalls we will analyse and we see are easily corrected". We have some young players coming through who have really good potential and can be exciting but there is no shortcut. "I mean we've given some poor passes away, and that cost us a goal at the end of the game today, but we are keeping the ball better, we are creating chances and looking a threat with the ball".
On overcoming adversity: "It was complicated by the sending off and the penalty".
Kane's goals took him to eight for England and 11 in his past five games for club and country.
"We need to see the reality of where we are, you've got to test yourself against the best because otherwise it can mask where you might be as a team".
"We got back in it at 2-2 and they'd had a man sent-off and we were looking to capitalise but unfortunately it didn't quite happen, so it's frustrating from that point of view. We had more players on the pitch and should have kept things simple, moved the ball a bit quicker", Lallana told the London Evening Standard.
Suddenly France could not commit as much going forward and the intensity dropped.
"We've got to find a way to win, especially when they were down to 10 men".
Heaton collected his third cap, but started from the off for the first time at the Stade de France.