Despite the two goals powered by Harry Kane, England suffered a blow after having been outclassed by France in the international friendly match at Stade de Paris.
Kane secured the lead just few minutes after kick off. But Gareth Southgate’s experimental three-man defense wasn’t able to handle the pace and attack dictated by France.
This gave a room for the hosts to score as Samuel Umtiti quickfired in response to England’s opener. Shortly after scores have been leveled, France’s Djibril Sidibe made his presence felt when he tucked home at a close range to snatch the lead from visitors.
After match restart, Verane was penalized for brushing Alli’s feet and was immediately sent off. With penalty awarded to England, Kane did not squander at the opportunity to equalize as he fired straight down the middle and past Tottenham team mate Hugo Lloris.
The equalizer seemed to have fueled the young players of France to torment their rival even more as Ousmane Dembele’s late goal gifted his side with 3-2 victory.
“It is always good to finish with a victory, especially after a defeat. We were down to 10 men, so hats off to the players, because that is a great England team,” Didier Deschamps delightedly expressed after the successful game to cap off the night.
Meanwhile, the uncomfortable evening for Southgate urges him and his side for improvements.
“Over the 90 minutes, we saw the things that we are very good at and with the ball we caused France a lot of problems, created chances and looked dangerous.
“I thought the three at the back worked really well, up to 2-2 I think it gave us good options on the ball, we moved the ball well and caused France problems with that,” Southgate disclosed in disappointment.
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