France 3-2 England: Three Lions stars rated and slated

first_img 15 Substitute: Jack Butland – 6 – Replaced Heaton at half-time, and made his first clear save just before the 65-minute mark – expertly keeping out Mbappe from close range. Was unfortunate to be beaten by a superb Dembele strike. Tom Heaton – 6 – click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s England player ratings – Did well to save Giroud’s header, though diverted the ball straight at Umtiti to score. Also saved well from Mbappe and Dembele – but saw Sidibe fire past him just before the break. Kieran Trippier – 7 – Played one glorious pass through to Sterling which should have resulted in a goal, and continued to provide a driving presence down the right flank – and left at times – until he was taken off. 15 15 Raheem Sterling – 7 – His wonderful touch led to the opening goal, though his decision making in the final third continues to let him down; he wasted one fine shooting chance. Looks most dangerous when running from deep, with the France defence backtracking in fear. 15 England ended the 2016/17 season with a defeat, losing to France in Paris.Harry Kane scored twice for the visitors, but France, despite being reduced to 10 men, managed to net three of their own to claim victory.Kane opened the scoring in the ninth minute, though Samuel Umtiti and Djibril Sidibe put the hosts ahead by half-time.Three minutes after the restart the Three Lions were level, Kane converting a penalty awarded by the VAR – which also saw Raphael Varane dismissed after being shown a straight red card.But with just over 10 minutes remaining, Ousmane Dembele fired past Jack Butland to put France into a lead which they never gave up.So it was another loss for England, but just how did Gareth Southgate’s men perform at the Stade de France?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s England player ratings… 15 15 Substitute: Adam Lallana – 5 – Offered very little when introduced, with France dominating the game. Harsh to judge Lallana on this performance. 15 15 15 15 Phil Jones – 7 – Swept up well at the back, and did well to consistently clean up after errors from Stones and Cahill. However, he was caught out of position and looked lost for both France goals, with his positioning letting him down. 15 15 15 Eric Dier – 5 – Expected to sit in front of the defence, Dier kept showing up in attacking positions without contributing much of note. He was the main reason England kept losing their shape and struggled to cope with France’s dominating midfield. Ryan Bertrand – 7 – Played the cross which Kane converted to open the scoring, and ensured play was stretched when England attacked. Playing in such an attacking role meant Bertrand was occasionally caught out of position when France broke forward. 15 15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6 – Meant to provide a driving presence in midfield, but failed to offer anything with the ball. His passing was dire, and he was too often overrun by the France front six. He improved in the second half, but the game just seemed to pass him by. Harry Kane – 7 – Opened the scoring with a neat close-range finish, and converted a powerful penalty to make it 2-2. Despite his goalscoring talents he provided little else in the all-round game and appeared cut off from his teammates Gary Cahill – 5 – Beaten by Giroud in the area for the header which led to Umtiti’s goal, though not entirely at fault as neither Stones nor Jones were picking the striker up. Very lucky not to give away a penalty on Pogba. A rather pedestrian showing from Cahill. John Stones – 5 – Beaten far too easily by Dembele in the run up to France’s second goal, and looked nervous with the ball at his feet when put under pressure. He still seems to be learning the defensive game at the elite level. Substitute: Kyle Walker – 6 – Brought on for Bertrand, Walker filled in on the left. He fulfilled much the same role as the man he replaced, though did not attack as much. Was solid defensively, and moved into a flat back four with ease. Dele Alli – 6 – Found space well in the final third, and his wonderful pass led to the first goal. A direct run from midfield won the penalty which Kane converted early in the second half. Substitute: Aaron Cresswell – NAlast_img read more