TWO IN ONE KANTE SHINES IN MIDFIELD AS 10-MEN FRANCE SINK ENGLAND

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In a high-profile friendly game between France and England, France carried the day 2-1 despite having a man sent off.

England took the lead through Harry Kane in the 9th minute by converting Chelsea target Ryan Bertrand’s low centre from close range.

France equalised midway through the half when Tom Heaton parried Olivier Giroud’s header into the path of Samuel Umtiti who had the goal at his mercy.

France went ahead just before the break when Ousmane Dembele breezed into space in the box and drew a great save from Heaton, but Monaco’s Djibril Sidibe was at the right place at the right time to score his first goal for his country.

Two minutes into the second-half, Raphael Varane was shown a red card after fouling Dele Alli in the penalty box, and Kane duly converted to make it 2-2.

Despite the numerical advantage, France were still the better side, as N’Golo Kante ran the show in midfield, making it seem like France had 11 players on the pitch.

France’s dominance paid off when England again lost possession in their defensive third. Pogba found Mbappe who set up the lively Dembele to pick out Butland’s right-hand corner.

Gary Cahill played the entire minutes for England as the left-sided defender in a back three formation.

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