England lose to 10-man France

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Ousmane Dembele's first global goal helped France defeat England 3-2 in an enthralling worldwide friendly at the Stade de France on Tuesday (13 June) night.

Harry Kane, captain for the Three Lions as he was when he netted a stoppage-time equaliser against Scotland on Saturday, gave Gareth Southgate's side a ninth-minute lead after players and fans from both sides paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks in a moving pre-match ceremony.

The hosts then took the lead just before half-time when Dembele left John Stones with a handsome piece of skill and though his shot was saved by Heaton, the rebound was turned in by Djibril Sidibe, who also scored his first worldwide goal.

Tuesday night's game was tied at 2-2 when the 20-year-old Dembele scored off an assist by the 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe in the 78th minute, reports Xinhua news agency.

Less than a minute after half-time, a lifeline for England: Dele Alli brilliantly chased his own flick-on and Raphael Varane ran across the back of him, clipping his heels; the referee pointed to the spot.

Harry Kane opened the scoring with a handsome team goal as England looked lively in attack, but out of possession they were toyed with as a young, athletic French team won 3-2 in Paris.

"On the other hand we have to get better as a team and at managing the game, especially when they went down to 10 men".

The Euro 2016 finalists were level, however, when England goalkeeper Tom Heaton did well to keep out Giroud's header from a 22nd- minute free-kick only for Samuel Umtiti to lash in the rebound. 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.

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"But what we've got to do is manage games better, and we are aware of that".

43' - GOAL! France 2-1 England (Sidibe) Dembele is so, so good. "We were down to 10 men, so hats off to the players, because that is a great England team", he told TF1.

Southgate feels the Three Lions should have, as a minimum, held on for the draw in Paris, saying his players' lack of game management was the reason for the defeat. Even though they had a man advantage, England were pushing their luck.

An English flag was displayed by a section of the Stade de France crowd as the teams entered the field on a balmy evening.

This was shortly before he set up Dembele for his maiden goal for France.

The reality is that England remain a second tier football nation who are far from being credible challengers for next year's World Cup. It's stuff we have to work on.

"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".

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