England defeat sees John Stones' display rated a 3 by French press

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 27, 2017

Southgate said Kane would follow in the footsteps of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, now recovering from injury but who wore the armband in the manager's first two matches in charge, against Malta and Slovenia last autumn. "I'm very happy with this win, which was a hard one considering we were down to 10 men". "We just didn't manage that period of the game as well as we needed to, I thought we exhausted".

"It's disappointing, getting it back to 2-2 and [they were] down to 10 men; we didn't step up another gear, they got another wind".

"If we want to be courageous and play like that, then sometimes mistakes like that are going to happen".

"That was the chance to capitalise (when Raphael Varane was sent off) and that's what we are most disappointed with as a whole".

England boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed Tom Heaton and Jack Butland will share goalkeeping duties against France on Tuesday.

He infrequently returned to midfield duties for England, at Euro 96 by Terry Venables then - less successfully - as Kevin Keegan's Three Lions lost the last game at the old Wembley to rivals Germany.

Southgate told a press conference: "I said on Saturday it was never my intention to play Joe in this game". The three games have provided a different test.

"Then we saw things we have to get better at, without the ball and our managing of the ball at 2-2".

"The reality is to find out exactly where we are against the very best".

"We haven't in the last few years got anywhere near any of those teams when it's come to tournaments and finals and the rest of it, so that's why we need to play them".

In the 71st minute, Mbappe got chance to score his worldwide maiden goal, while seeing it hit the crossbar, and Lemar's follow-in shot was saved by the substitute goalkeeper Jack Butland, before Dembele finished the game victor with 12 minutes remaining. I think England sides I have been in personally, there would have been times when we play the big teams and everyone's drenched and had the game taken to them.

"We will have to look back and see why". And equally saw the things we have to get better at.

Mbappe caused panic every time he got on the ball and he broke down the left to set up Dembele in the 16th, only for the Borussia Dortmund winger to shoot wide. We're seeing that not only in terms of responsibility but the way the group are prepared to contribute when we're discussing games, when we're reviewing games. Part of that was because we exhausted. "It was a problem for us all night, their pace and their athleticism".

"I've not seen it again but from my initial view I thought it was the right call".

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