France produced a terrific performance to teach England a painful lesson in passing, movement and imagination - even after going down to 10 men. The final score did not reflect the extent of their superiority, nor the abject cluelessness of their opponents.
England actually started pretty well, crafting a beautiful goal for Harry Kane on nine minutes. But inspired by the peerless Paul Pogba, France gradually hauled themselves into the game and. on 22 minutes, Samuel Umititi was quickest to react after Tom Heaton could only push Olivier Giroud's header back into play. Then, just before half-time, Ousmane Dembele, another who had a fine match, sent John Stones out for a bag of chips, with Heaton again parrying into danger. This time, Djibril Sidibe tucked home.

Samuel Umtiti of France is congratulated on scoring by team mates during the international Friendly match between France and England at Stade de France, on June 13, 2017 in Paris, France

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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. What was more surprising was that, after consultation with the video referee, he then showed Varane a ridiculously harsh and frankly incorrect red card, before Kane scored from the spot.
In prime position to force a win, England were instead outplayed for the remainder of the game, unable to get close to Pogba and unable to cope with the pace and intelligence of Dembele, Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe. France could've had several more goals but contented themselves with one, scored by Dembele after lovely work from Lemar and Pogba. Frankly, they are brilliant, England are not.

TALKING POINT

3-4-3, are you serious? England using friendlies to experiment is all very well, but before they mess about with personnel and formation, they need to find one first XI that works and one way of playing that works. Until then, it's simple self-indulgence.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Paul Pogba (France) His touch, presence and brain were far too much for England, and allowed him to dominate midfield. The pace and skill ahead of him allowed him to dominate the game.

France's midfielder Paul Pogba reacts during the international friendly football match between France and England at The Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis near Paris on June 13, 2017. France beat England 3-2

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KEY STATS

Harry Kane has scored 11 goals in his last five games.
England conceded three goals for the first time since a 4-2 loss to Sweden in November 2012.

PLAYER RATINGS

France: Lloris 6, Sidibe 7, Varane 6, Umtiti 6, Mendy 6, Dembele 8, Kante 7, Pogba 9, Lemar 8, Giroud 6, Mbappe 7. Subs: Digne 6, Jallet 6.
England: Heaton 5, Cahill 6, Jones 7, Stones 4, Trippier 6, Dier 5, Oxlade-Chamberlain 5, Bertrand 5, Alli 6, Kane 6. Butland 6, Walker 5, Lallana 6, Creswell 6.

KEY MOMENTS

9- BRILLIANT GOAL! France 0-1 England (Kane) Dier intercepts a stray pass on halfway and quickly finds Oxlade-Chamberlain, who finds Alli on the left. Immediately, he espies Sterling in space inside the box on the other side, hitting him with a brilliant pass. Sterling then holds it up until Bertrand arrives him before backheeling into his path; Bertrand crosses low, and Kane, pulling off the back of the defender, taps home his fifth goal in his last ten games.Did that just happen?


22’ - GOAL! France 1-1 England (Umtiti) France win a free-kick close to halfway, just left of centre, and Lemar curls a fine ball into the middle. Giroud, up first and highest above Kane, thunks a header goalwards, which Heaton scoops out, but only into the path of Umtiti, who opens his body and sidefoots firmly home. There were a lot of white shirts in that box, but it's not entirely clear what they were up to.

43’ - GOAL! France 2-1 England (Sidibe) Dembele is so, so good. He tries to move the ball outside, Bertrand puts is back into his stride, and he speeds into the box, feints outside, ducks inside as Stones goes shopping, and shoots low and hard. Again, Heaton shoves it back into play, and Sidibe is following to tuck home.

46’ - PENALTY TO ENGLAND! Alli flicks on a long back and chases it himself, racing in behind the French defence at inside-left; Varane clips his heels, and the ref points to the spot!

47’ - The ref consults the video ref and sends Varane off! That's very harsh, especially in a friendly - he ran across him, perhaps on purpose but perhaps not.


48’ - GOAL! France 2-2 England (Kane pen) Clever from Kane - Lloris dives right, he smacks into the middle- unusually for him, but he knows Lloris knows him - and suddenly, England are strong favourites!

78’ - GOAL! France 3-2 England (Dembele) Dier gives one away to Lemar, who snaps a smart ball square for Pogba, whose sumptuous first time pass finds Mbappe ahead of him. He controls as England chase things that have just gone, tees up Dembele, and his low shot across goal gives him his first international goal! The 10 men lead!

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