The Three Lions suffered a 3-2 loss to a young French squad in a friendly match played in Paris on Tuesday night.
By SportBrief Reporter
The England football team were outclassed by a young, slick, dynamic France in an entertaining friendly match in the French Capital.
The young squad were on the front foot from the onset, and with Paul Pogba dominating the midfield, the forwards ripped through the heart of Southgate’s side. It was, at times, awesome, and almost unstoppable.
Although England went ahead in the 9th minute via a great finish from Harry Kane, who was captain on the night, the Frenchmen never stopped causing trouble for the English defenders.
France took control and drew level with an Olivier Giroud header from a free-kick that seemed destined to beat Tom Heaton. The debutant goalkeeper did well to push it out but the ball kindly fell to Samuel Umtiti, who turned it into the net.
The home side were relentless with their three-man attack, that had the explosive duo of Mbappe and Dembele on either side of Olivier Giroud, in sparkling form and it wasn’t long until they struck again.
Dembélé dribbled into the area and attempting to bend his shot beyond Heaton only for him to push the ball onto the path of Djibril Sidibé, who slammed it into the goal.
Three minutes into the second half, Dele Alli sprinted into the area and Raphaël Varane clipped him as he ran across the Frenchman, earning a penalty.
France protested, asking the referee Davide Massa to go to the Video Assistant Referee, which he did, only to end up not just confirming the spot-kick but also sending off Varane. Kane stepped up and drove his penalty past Lloris.
France, however, were seemingly undeterred as they continued to press forward although not committing as many bodies forward and in the 73rd minute, they were dully rewarded as Mbappe ran at the England defence before pulling the ball back to Dembélé who drove it into the net to seal a deserved win for the hosts.