Tottenham Hotspur: Kane brace not enough for England in Paris

Ousmane Dembele scored the victor as 10-man France beat England 3-2 in an entertaining friendly on Tuesday.

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.

Harry Kane's brace went in vain as France brushed aside Raphael Varane's video-assisted red card to claim a 3-2 victory over England in a high-octane friendly in Paris.

Raphael Varane was sent off before a penalty was sacked home by Kane, with Les Bleus rallying as Ousmane Dembele capped a fine display by wrapping up a 3-2 victory that left Southgate frustrated.

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.

France's midfielder Paul Pogba reacts during the worldwide friendly football match between France and England at The Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis near Paris on June 13, 2017.

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.

It means Southgate has won only three of his eight games in charge - against Malta, Scotland and Lithuania.

"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".

  • Julie Sanders