Fans all throughout the Stade de France joined in on singing England’s national anthem before their friendly.
But after a night which started with a rendition of the Oasis song Don’t Look Back in Anger as the Stade de France paid its respects to the victims of the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester, Southgate opted not to sugar-coat defeat. Last night, his first came inside nine minutes.
He confirmed referee Davide Massa’s original decision to award the spot-kick, resulting in the sending off of Varane, much to the disgust of the France players and the home crowd.
Olivier Giroud had an effort ruled out for offside and France were forced into an early change – the first of many substitutions – as Lucas Digne replaced the injured Benjamin Mendy at left-back.
Dele Alli picked out Raheem Sterling and his backheel released the overlapping Ryan Bertrand, whose low cross was side-footed beyond his Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris by Kane.
It remains to be seen whether Hart, who has amassed 71 caps since making his debut against Trinidad and Tobago in 2008, will be seen again in an England shirt. France then scored their second rebound of the game as Djibril Sidibe scored after the Burnley stopper produced a save from tricky winger Ousmane Dembele. 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!
Kane, who struck the late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, has now scored 11 goals in his past five appearances for club and country combined. A superbly constructed goal, it pointed to the kind of football that England want to play under the new regime.
Butland did well to deny Mbappe before dawdling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was robbed of possession, allowing the French teenager to unleash a shot that rattled the bar.
France continued to dominate, despite England’s numerical advantage, and it was no surprise when they did go ahead in the 78th minute. “We were down to 10 men, so hats off to the players, because that is a great England team”, he told TF1.
“Those three games have provided different tests – with Spain it was their ability to keep the ball better than us and today it was slightly different, but physically the demands their players posed meant we started to tire and that led to a mistake at the third goal”. I assume the referee wanted to make sure. “Clearly, even with video, you won’t get every decision right. There’ll still be an element of one person’s judgment in that”.
“It was tricky and seemed quite harsh, but it was less significant because we won the game 3-2”.
“Whichever system, we had problems with their pace and power”.
“The manner in which we played, with this attacking style and approach, was encouraging”.
With Paul Pogba dominating the midfield, the youthful forwards ripped through the heart of Gareth Southgate’s side.