Tottenham Hotspur: Kane brace not enough for England in Paris
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 13:30
The Tottenham Hotspur striker, the top scorer in the Premier League last season, netted a stoppage-time equaliser at Hampden Park and he gave the visitors the lead in the ninth minute here, tapping in after Raheem Sterling s back-heel had set up Ryan Bertrand to deliver a low cross from the left.
Just before the break, Les Bleus took the lead, with Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe firing home after superb work from Dembele.
Monaco's (for now) 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe set up Ousmane Dembele for the victor in the 78th minute, giving 10-man France a 3-2 victory.
Butland conceded the winning goal in Paris, when Ousmane Dembele drilled into the bottom corner, but made a couple of important saves and twice rushed from his box to clear danger as 10-man France surged.
A stunning dribble from Dortmund wonderkid Dembele drew another save from Heaton, but just like the first goal the Burnley goalkeeper could only palm the ball into the path of a blue shirt.
"We've been competitive in all three games for long periods of time, but I think we've had to play at our absolute limit to stay in all three of those matches".
On the gulf between the sides, England manager Gareth Southgate said: 'The gap between the teams is what I thought (it might be). "We were down to 10 men, so hats off to the players, because that is a great England team", he told TF1.
In prime position to force a win, England were instead outplayed for the remainder of the game, unable to get close to Pogba and unable to cope with the pace and intelligence of Dembele, Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe. I think they know, they are a very honest group of players.
"I thought part of that was because we exhausted, I think we put a huge amount into the game to try and press and to deal with the physical capabilities France had - and it was a problem for us all night, their pace and their athleticism".
"We will have to look back and see why".