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Ousmane Dembele seals deserved win for 10-man France over England

15 Juin 2017

When the chance was there to stamp its authority on the game, after France had center back Raphael Varane sent off in the 47th minute, England simply lacked composure.

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.

The match will be remembered for the intervention of the video assistant referee (VAR) early in the second half after the Italian referee gave the penalty for Varane's foul on Dele Alli.

"I think the way we managed the period from 2-2, when France were down to 10 men, that was an opportunity to go on and win the game", said Southgate.

The song, by Manchester band Oasis, was followed by the national anthems being sung by both nations.

England actually started pretty well, crafting a handsome goal for Harry Kane on nine minutes.

As well as Kane and Alli, Spurs pair Eric Dier and Kyle Walker featured for England, while Lillywhite's goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, skippered the French.

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"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".

Southgate was also frustrated by the 2-2 draw against Scotland at Hampden Park on Saturday but the defeat in Paris represents the biggest disappointment of the new era, not least because he noted some of the team's old flaws once Raphaël Varane had been sent off. England, he said, had become anxious as soon as they had the extra man. Players then stood side-by-side around the centre circle as a minute's silence was observed at the Stade de France. Join us an hour before kick-off for confirmed team line-ups.

"I think both players had some really good moments and it's hard to assess without watching it back, but I thought there were definitely positive individual performances", he added.

On a disappointing night for England in Paris, captain Harry Kane was the redeeming player.

"We've got some young players coming through that have got really good potential and can be exciting, but there is no short cut, " said the England manager, who will go to the Under-21 European Championship and Confederations Cup this summer. "Clearly, even with video, you won't get every decision right".

Kane's goals took him to eight for England and 11 in his past five games for club and country. "There is still an element of one person's judgement within that". "Having seen it again, it seems a bit severe", Deschamps said.

The pre-match talk was of Southgate exploring the possibility of using John Stones in a defensive midfield role after bemoaning his lack of options in that department. He was a constant danger but it was another rampaging, rapid French forward who was the star turn at Stade de France.

Ousmane Dembele seals deserved win for 10-man France over England