Tributes to Manchester and London terror attack victims at France v England

Posted June 15, 2017

Winger Ousmane Dembele scored the victor as 10-man France overcame a red card for Raphael Varane early in the second half to beat England 3-2 in a pulsating 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.

The Oasis front man's song "Don't Look Back In Anger" was played prior to the England-France friendly Tuesday in Paris in a show of solidarity between the two nations following the recent terrorist attacks in England.

ENGLAND were simply not good enough in losing to ten-man France, admits captain Harry Kane.

For all of England's shortcomings, France were hugely impressive on Tuesday and punters may see their performance as encouragement to use their free bet to back Les Bleus to go all the way in Russian Federation. "It was a problem for us all night, their pace and their athleticism".

The hosts managed to score an equalizer in the 22nd minute, as Lemar's free kick found Giroud, whose header was blocked by the goalkeeper Tom Heaton, while central defender Samuel Umtiti followed in to make it. In the space of 90 minutes we saw the things we're very good at - with the ball we caused a lot of problems, looked a threat, created good openings, took our first goal very well.

Olivier Giroud, fresh from netting a spectacular volley in France's loss to Sweden, thought he had another for his collection in the 14th minute but was ruled offside, while Dembele shot wastefully wide on the end of an excellent Mbappe pass.

"If we want to be fearless, sometimes mistakes like that are going to happen".

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For Deschamps's side it was the first defeat in qualifying and they next face a tough test against the Netherlands in Paris. A win at the Friends Arena in Solna would have moved European Championship runners-up France six points clear of Sweden .

"We've got to find a way to win, especially when they were down to 10 men".

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

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.

"We've been competitive in all three games for long periods of time".

"It looked from where we were a clear penalty and therefore a sending off, but if you're saying otherwise then I don't know, I'd need to see it again".

France were 3-2 winners in a poignant global friendly against England, despite going down to 10 men. France could've had several more goals but contented themselves with one, scored by Dembele after lovely work from Lemar and Pogba.

The reality is that England remain a second tier football nation who are far from being credible challengers for next year's World Cup. Sometimes you have to keep adjusting, but good players are always going to test you, like France did today.

England are on course to qualify for next year's World Cup Finals in Russian Federation, despite needing a last-gasp Kane goal to get a 2-2 qualifier draw in Scotland last weekend.