Gareth Southgate takes positives from England's defeat to 10-man France

Ousmane Dembele helped France beat England 3-2 with a late victor in an global football friendly at the Stade de France here.

Harry Kane put England in the lead in the ninth minute but France led at half time thanks to goals from Samuel Umtiti and Djibril Sidibe.

Ousmane Dembele offered 10-man France the success (78), locating the bottom edge from 15 yards as England finished the season on a sour note.

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.

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 played England just four days after the attacks in Paris in November 2015, where 130 people died.

France equalised on 22 minutes through Umtiti's first global goal, finishing low with his right foot after Tom Heaton had parried Olivier Giroud's header into the path of the Barcelona defender following Thomas Lemar's fine cross. "In the space of 90 minutes we saw the things that we are very good at - we looked a threat and created a lot of openings - and equally we saw what we have to do better", he said.

Mbappe hit the bar before Dembele made it a miserable night punctuated by too many England mistakes. "That's why we need to play them".


That was highlighted on Tuesday, when England lost at France 3-2 despite playing most of the second half with an extra man against a team resting some key players. "In the last few years we haven't got anywhere near any of those teams when it's come to tournament and finals", Southgate said.

Kane not only added another two goals to the late equaliser he scored against Scotland in Saturday's World Cup qualifier, taking his tally to an impressive eight in 19 appearances, he carries himself with an assured air that makes him a natural fit as a player and captain at this level.

England: Tom Heaton 7, Kieran Trippier 6, Phil Jones 7, Gary Cahill 5, John Stones 5, Ryan Bertrand 6, Eric Dier 5, Raheem Sterling 6, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 5, Dele Alli 6, Harry Kane 7.

"We need to see the reality of where we are, you've got to test yourself against the best because otherwise it can mask where you might be as a team". 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.

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

England have won only one of their past seven games against France, losing five.

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

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