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After a friendly against Spain in March in which France had a goal disallowed and saw a Spain goal given in a 2-0 loss at Stade de France, replay struck again.

Ten-man France showed great fight, as they recorded a 3-2 win over England in an global friendly at the Stade de France.

The Three Lions could not make their numerical advantage count though, and were made to pay as Dembele fired home the victor in the 78th minute.

The Tottenham striker netted an early opener for the Three Lions in the Stade de France, only for the visitors to be pegged back by goals from Samuel Umtiti and Djibril Sidibe.

It threatened to be another frustrating night for France at the hands of technology, with Varane sent off two minutes into the second half for conceding a penalty.

There were several expected changes made by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate, but Kane refused to use the differing personnel as an excuse.

"But we've a bit to do and I think it's important that as a group of players and a group of staff we recognise that". "Clearly, even with video, you won't get every decision right".

"There'll still be an element of one person's judgement within that". "Lloris will captain", said Deschamps. Despite playing virtually the whole second half with a man extra, Southgate's side simply didn't capitalise on the added space.

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But it did England no good and 12 minutes from time the French got the goal they deserved, Mbappe teeing up Dembele for the decisive score of the evening. He picked out Kane lurking near the back post for an easy finish.

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Olivier Giroud had an effort ruled out for offside and France were forced into an early change - the first of many substitutions - as Lucas Digne replaced the injured Benjamin Mendy. We moved the ball well and caused them problems with that.

The equaliser did come, though, in the 22nd minute, when Giroud's header was palmed away by Tom Heaton before Umtiti slotted home the rebound.

A stunning dribble from Dortmund wonderkid Dembele drew another save from Heaton, but just like the first goal the Burnley goalkeeper could only palm the ball into the path of a blue shirt.

Dembele lined himself up for a curler that Heaton parried.

France were quicker, more aggressive and more youthful.

France's midfield, featuring Manchester United player Paul Pogba and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante, dominated England's on Tuesday.

Mbappe's awareness and movement were astonishing for a player of his age. There were a lot of white shirts in that box, but it's not entirely clear what they were up to.

"It was very good for him and for us", the Spurs manager said of his latest England global. We just weren't good enough, " Kane said on ITV.

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