Players walk out to sound of Oasis song for France-England

  • Players walk out to sound of Oasis song for France-England

Players walk out to sound of Oasis song for France-England

UEFA powers France and England squared off in Paris to close their worldwide fixture windows, and they went back and forth in an entertaining affair, with Les Bleus climbing back into the lead and holding on for a 3-2 victory through Borussia Dortmund rising star Ousmane Dembele.

England football team captain Harry Kane has blamed poor defence for their 2-3 defeat to France in their global friendly here.

Have you read Trendiee Today? Dembele never let England settle, pinned them on the back foot and was on hand to win it with a fine finish late on.

Kane netted from the penalty spot to equalise early in the second half after Raphael Varane was sent off for downing Dele Alli in the box.

Djibril Sidibe scored an nearly identical close-range goal on 43 minutes, and Kane added his second from the spot (48) as Raphael Varane saw red for a last-man foul on Dele Alli. An unmarked Olivier Giroud headed a free-kick at goal, which Tom Heaton could only parry into the path of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, who slammed the ball in from close range.

Kane's goals took him to eight for England and 11 in his past five games for club and country.

England were second best against a young, confident French side.

"And equally we saw the things that have to get better - defending as a team and the managing the game, in particular the period once France had gone down to 10 men".

Southgate made six changes to his line-up following the 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Scotland, while Kane again wore the captain s armband.

Apart from established worldwide Olivier Giroud, the French forward line of Mbappe, Dembele and left winger Thomas Lemar was hugely inexperienced. Giroud's downward header from a free-kick was well saved by Tom Heaton, who was making his first global start, but his defence were unable to prevent Umtiti scoring from the rebound.

But Ousmane Dembele popped up to score the victor for the 10 men of France.

"The players looked fresher and showed more initiative than against Sweden". French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May attended the match at the Stade de France, to the north of the capital, as the hosts offered their solidarity to their visitors.

'It was complicated by the sending-off and the penalty.

England and France football stars strode on to the pitch to Don't Look Back In Anger as part of a tribute in Paris to the victims of the recent United Kingdom terror attacks.

The song by famous English band Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger" echoed in the Stade de France stadium, which was in the colours of red and white, when both the European teams walked out to play.