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Captain Harry Kane admitted England had just not been good enough after 10-man France battled back to secure a 3-2 win in Tuesday night's global friendly in Paris.

Things looked good for England when Kane scored from about six yards out after just nine minutes after a slick move involving Eric Dier, Raheem Sterling and Ryan Bertrand.

On 47 minutes, Real Madrid defender Varane hauled down Dele Alli in the box and was given a straight red card, as Kane stepped up to equalise.

The clash witnessed the trial of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) by world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association and Italian referee Davide Massa used the technology 34 seconds into the second period.

Mbappe hit the bar before Dembele made it a miserable night punctuated by too many England mistakes.

"We need to see the reality of where we are, you've got to test yourself against the best because otherwise it can mask where you might be as a team". "Clearly, even with video, you won't get every decision right. There will still be an element of one person's judgement within that". Another gem for Didier Deschamps to squeeze in. "I think it's absolutely what I thought".

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Wearing the captain's armband, Kane slammed home the 48th-minute penalty for his eighth worldwide goal and third in two games. The Spurs connection was at work again as the Three Lions surged into a well-worked ninth-minute lead.

Gareth Southgate has a better idea of the task facing England after his side deservedly lost to France.

France was beaten in the final seconds by Sweden after an atrocious goalkeeping gaffe by Hugo Lloris, while England salvaged a draw against Scotland with a last-gasp goal from Harry Kane.

The match against France failed to give much cause for optimism.

The game was the first meeting of the sides since November 2015, when England won 2-0 in a friendly on an emotionally charged night at Wembley. He picked out Kane lurking near the back post for an easy finish.

England did not lose a qualifier before the 2014 World Cup, but went out in the group stage in Brazil.

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France equalised on 22 minutes through Umtiti's first worldwide goal, finishing low with his right foot after Tom Heaton had parried Olivier Giroud's header into the path of the Barcelona defender following Thomas Lemar's fine cross. Then, just before half-time, Ousmane Dembele, another who had a fine match, sent John Stones out for a bag of chips, with Heaton again parrying into danger.

Southgate employed his plan of using Burnley's Tom Heaton as his first-half goalkeeper at Stade de France and then replacing him with Stoke's Jack Butland after the break.

France went down to 10 men, but players like Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante run for two people!

Mbappe's awareness and movement were astonishing for a player of his age.

"They have a lot of speed and impact", Deschamps said.

Southgate had with mixed feelings.

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"I think in course of 90 minutes I saw things we're very good at". There's no doubting we should be in for an entertaining game. "You have got to control possession and stay calm but I thought we looked more anxious [against] ten men", said Southgate. "Their pace and their athleticism were a problem for us".