England lose to ten man France in Paris - as it happened
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That's all we have time for tonight. Stay tuned to VAVEL UK over the summer for more international coverage. We'll have all the latest from the Confederations Cup and from the European U21 Championships over the coming weeks. Until then, I've been Matt Dawson. Thank you for joining me. 

England still struggling for identity you feel. Just three wins from eight games since Southgate took over. This was a different side he fielded, but it's still hard to see what kind of direction the Three Lions are heading in as a World Cup approaches in twelve months time. 

In truth, England were pretty poor. Their attacking play looked threatening in the first half, but mistakes in midfield proved costly as England were undone by a talented French side. Harry Kane scored early on, but Umtiti and Sidibe goals put France ahead going into the break. Kane equalised early in the second half from the penalty spot, but Dembele was able to find the net with just over ten minutes remaining to win the game. 

And there we have it, full time in Paris and England have lost despite the hosts being reduced to ten men at the start of the second half. 

FULL TIME: France 3-2 England. 

95' Deep into injury time Aaron Cresswell lets fly from range after a corner is cleared, but his effort flies over the crossbar. 

93' Mbappe really should have been on the score-sheet tonight, and is denied once again by Butland after Dembele's lovely through ball. 

91' England grabbed a late goal in Scotland at the weekend. Can they do so again here in France? They have four added minutes in which to find one. 

89' France substitute as the scorer of their second goal, Djibril Sidibe, is replaced by Christophe Jallet at right back. 

88' Into the last few minutes here. England have struggled to really create anything since the red card which will be of some concern to Gareth Southgate. 

81' Aaron Cresswell is on for his second England cap, replacing Phil Jones in defence. 

78' A man down, but a goal ahead as Ousmane Dembele gives France the lead with his first international goal. England give possession away again in midfield and from that France score. Mbappe is fed the ball on the edge of the area before finding Dembele who fires past Butland into the far corner. 3-2 to the hosts. 


76' Debutant Kieran Tripper is being replaced by Adam Lallana. An interesting switch. Perhaps England will now go to a back four. 

71' France really should be ahead here. England gift the ball away on the edge of the penalty area and then Mbappe turns his man brilliantly. He should then comfortably tuck the ball home with Butland out of position but instead misses a sitter and hits the bar. Thomas Lemar's follow up effort is then cleared off the line by Cahill. England survive. 

65' Outstanding work from Jack Butland who is on hand to deny Mbappe with his first contribution of the night. The Monaco man got in behind after Dembele's flick but as Mbappe tried to round the keeper Butland was there to stop him. 

62' First yellow card of the night goes to Stones, as he pulls back Mbappe with France looking to get forward. 

No mercy from the referee despite this being a friendly. England are a man up, and they have a brilliant chance now of going on and winning this game. 

52' Well that was a frantic start to the second 45 minutes, and France are having to replace a striker with a defender here. Laurent Koscielny replaces his club team mate Giroud. 

48' GOAL FOR ENGLAND! Up steps Harry Kane and he coolly finds the net for his second goal of the night. 

47' RED CARD - VARANE: Davide Masse, the Italian referee, consults with the video official and chooses to SEND OFF the French centre-half. Alli had got in behind and he tangled with the Real Madrid man, and is sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity. 

46' PENALTY FOR ENGLAND. The referee points to the spot after Dele Alli is brought down by Varane. What a start to the second half. 

46' The second half begins under a lovely sunset in Paris. 

As promised by Gareth Southgate, Jack Butland is on for the second half. Kyle Walker is meanwhile also on for Bertrand. 

England weren't too bad going forward in that first half, but defensively they've struggled to keep this talented French attack at bay. Saying that, it's the French defence who have been on hand to give the hosts the lead after the first 45 minutes of action. 

HALF TIME: France 2-1 England. 

43' On the stroke of half time France lead for the first time, and it's another defender, Djibril Sidibe who finds the net. Ousmane Dembele does brilliantly inside the penalty area as he turns Stones inside out and then sees a shot saved by Heaton. However the ball falls on a plate for Sidibe who strokes the ball home. 


38' Two chances in quick succession have just gone begging for France as first Dembele twists and turns before misfiring, and then Kante's drive from distance flies off target. 

36' England are working their attacks very well tonight and their next chance allows Sterling to get in behind. Trippier plays a lovely first time ball into his path but Sterling delays shooting and then can't square the ball before he is closed down. 

34' The resulting corner from Bertrand's shot finds Cahill at the back post, as he is able to nod it down to Dier but he fires just wide. 

33' This is a brilliant end to end game, and it is Lloris at the opposite end who is tested next as he gets down to deny Ryan Bertrand's effort. 

31' Brilliant from Mbappe who sells two England defenders inside the area before forcing Heaton into a save at his near post. 

22' Well it didn't take long for France to equalise, and it comes from an unlikely source; Samuel Umtiti. A free-kick is put into the box and met powerfully by Giroud. Heaton makes a good save but Umtiti is there on the follow up to make it 1-1. A very lively start here in France. 


21' An early enforced change for France as Benjamin Mendy goes off injured, and is replaced by Barcelona's Lucas Digne. 

16' France counter down the left hand side as Mbappe rampages forward before playing a lovely ball in behind to Ousmane Dembele. The Dortmund man however gets it all wrong, and skews a brilliant chance wide. 

14' A breathtaking finish from Oliver Giroud who controls the ball and then volleys home acrobatically. Unfortunately for him and France, it is ruled out for offside. 

9' Brilliant play from England and they lead through their key man Harry Kane. Dele Alli plays a lovely ball across the field into Sterling who then slips the ball into Ryan Bertrand. The wing back then squares the ball for Kane who is left with a simple tap in. 1-0. 


England have indeed gone with a three back formation. Oxlade-Chamberlain has also started in central midfield, with Alli in a more attacking position. 

2' An awkward one for Tom Heaton to deal with straight away as Thomas Lemar miscues a ball into the box which almost catches the Burnley keeper out. 

KICK OFF: Harry Kane gets the game underway. 

The French national anthem is sung jubilantly as it always is, whilst the whole crowd then joins in for the English national anthem. Again, another organised tribute to Manchester and London. A minutes silence is then perfectly observed by everyone inside the Stade de France. 

Meanwhile the team's are now out on the pitch, we are moments away from kick-off. Don't go anywhere. 

The first of tonight's tributes rings around the ground, as the band sings Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger' to pay respect to those who passed away in the tragic Manchester and London attacks a few weeks ago. 

The Stade de France was of course a key venue at last year's European Championships. The home crowd witnessed France lose to Portugal in the final at the same stadium as tonight's game, but they will hoping they can overcome this England team. 

Tonight's game will have a video assistant referee. After featuring in youth tournaments recently, this is the first time it will be used in a senior England international. How the Three Lions could have done with video officiating in Germany in 2014! 

Olivier Giroud has been in imperious form for the French national side and he starts alongside Kylian Mbappe, a man linked with his club side, Arsenal. Exciting prospects Thomas Lemar and Ousmane Dembele also start. Hugo Lloris keeps his place despite his mistake against Sweden, whilst Manchester United's Paul Pogba, and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante play in midfield. 

England have made six changes from the draw with Scotland then, with Heaton, Trippier, Jones, Stones, Sterling and Oxlade-Chamberlain coming into the side. There have been rumours that John Stones may start in midfield as a holding player, but he could also start as part of a back three. However we'll have to wait and see on what formation England go with once we kick off in Paris. 

France starting line-up: Lloris, Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Mendy, Kante, Pogba, Dembele, Lemar, Mbappe, Giroud. 

On the bench for England are; Hart, Forster, Butland, Walker, Cresswell, Gibson, Smalling, Livermore, Defoe, Lallana, Rashford, and Lingard. 

England starting line-up: Heaton, Trippier, Cahill, Jones, Bertrand, Stones, Dier, Alli, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Kane. 

England are the first to announce their starting XI ahead of tonight's game, and there's a debut for Kieran Trippier.

It has the potential to be another emotional match-up between the two, but that's all the build up we have for now. Join us an hour before kick-off for confirmed team line-ups. 

This game meanwhile comes just weeks after attacks in Manchester and London, and the French FA have their own tributes planned. 'Don't Look Back in Anger' by Oasis will be played before the match, whilst fans will hold up red and white placards which will shape an England flag as the players walk out. A minute's silence will also be observed and every player will wear a black armband.  

The last time the two teams met was back in November 2015 as goals from Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney sealed a 2-0 win for England at Wembley. That game fell days after the terrorist attack at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, and in respect, the FA led a fantastic tribute to the victims and the nation of France before the match.

Like Southgate, France manager Didier Deschamps also has questions over his goalkeeper, after Lloris was at fault for Sweden's winning goal at the weekend. The Spurs keeper came off his line and then cleared the ball straight to Ola Toivonen, who was able to find the net from the half way line. Despite that, France look set to stick with Lloris. "He will play, definitely. Lloris will captain," said Deschamps. 

The French starting XI will likely look very different from their defeat against Sweden. Olivier Giroud has been in excellent form for his country, but he is set to sit out the game with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Kylian Mbappe in the squad. N'Golo Kante didn't play in the last game, but could come back into the side against England. 

Hart suffered some criticism for failing to do better with the free-kicks he conceded against Scotland, but Southgate suggests that hasn't played a part in his decision to not play him against France. "It was never my intention to play Joe in this game. They were great free-kicks. Beyond that, coaching conversations I have with players stay private," Southgate said. 

In terms of team news, Southgate has confirmed that Joe Hart will sit out the game. Tom Heaton will start the match, but Jack Butland is set to play the second half of the game. Defenders Kieran Trippier and Ben Gibson could be in line to make their debuts whilst there could be a place for John Stones who didn't play against Scotland. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be deserving of a start too, after his goal at the weekend. 

England come into this encounter off the back of a 2-2 draw with Scotland. Harry Kane was on hand to nick a point in a frantic finish to the match, after two excellent free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths looked to have won Scotland the game. As for France, they have already played two games over the international break. They thrashed Paraguay 5-0, but a late Hugo Lloris mistake meant they lost their World Cup qualifier with Sweden 2-1. 

This match marks England's final game until September, and will be a real test of where they are as a team since Gareth Southgate took over. The current crop of French players are a hugely talented one, and in front of their own fans will be a force to be reckoned with. There's no doubting we should be in for an entertaining game.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute text commentary. I'm Matt Dawson, and I'll be taking you through England's international friendly with France. This evening's game from the Stade de France is due to kick off at 8pm, but before that we'll have plenty of pre-match build-up. Stay tuned.