Ten-man France down England in lively friendly

England lose to 10-man France despite Harry Kane double

England lose to 10-man France despite Harry Kane double

England's last three friendlies have been against top-class opposition, drawing with Spain and losing narrowly to Germany and France.

The French eventually leveled matters in the 22nd minute when Samuel Umtiti fired home from close range, after Tom Heaton had saved Olivier Giroud's header.

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.

The French starting XI will likely look very different from their defeat against Sweden.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi said: "If the hymn of England is sung, everyone can accompany it".

Winger Dembele sealed the victory with an angled shot from inside the box 12 minutes from fulltime after being nicely set up by fellow youngster Kylian Mbappe.

France's midfielder Kylian Mbappe (C) celebrates with team mates after beating England 3-2 during the global friendly football match between France and England at The Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis near Paris on June 13, 2017.

England manager Southgate is at pains to point out that he has made no decision on his next permanent captain - but surely there is now no other choice but Kane.

England do not play again until September 1, away at Malta in World Cup Qualifiers, before hosting Slovakia three days later.

The pre-match talk was of Southgate exploring the possibility of using John Stones in a defensive midfield role after bemoaning his lack of options in that department. Defending as a team, and managing the game once France went down to 10.

The 18-year-old could start Tuesday's game after a stunning second half of the season in which he helped Monaco win the French title and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

But the Manchester City keeper, who spent last season on loan with Torino in Serie A, has not been dropped because of his form.

The England goalkeeper prevented it getting any worse on a night when Southgate's side struggled.

Harry Kane continued as captain, while Heaton has already been told he will be replaced at half-time by Jack Butland.

The match will be remembered for the intervention of the video assistant referee (VAR) early in the second half after the Italian referee gave the penalty for Varane's foul on Dele Alli.

'It was complicated by the sending-off and the penalty. Another gem for Didier Deschamps to squeeze in. Leigh Griffith's beauties from free-kicks were the only two goals England have conceded in six qualifying fixtures.

Kane rattled his spot-kick straight down the middle of Lloris' goal for his 11th strike in his last five matches for club and country.

Speaking after the match, Kane said: "Scoring twice in France should be enough".

He has scored in consecutive England games for the first time since September 2015 against San Marino and Switzerland.

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