Last night England succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against a 10-man France in Paris and Harry Kane has slammed the team’s performance as ‘not good enough.’
The Tottenham striker, who captained England for the second time on Tuesday night put The Three Lions in the lead at the Stade de France in the international friendly in the 8th minute, but France equalised 12 minutes later thanks to Samuel Umtiti’s rebounded effort.
Just before the break Djibril Sidibe put France ahead with a close range goal, but minutes later the team were down to 10 men, after the Italian referee gave a spot-kick for a foul on Dele Alli and the trialled video assistant ruled that Raphael Varane deserved a straight red card.
Kane, the Premier League’s top scorer last season then scored a brace after he fired straight down the middle past his Tottenham team-mate, Hugo Lloris in the 48th minute to make it 2-2.
But even down to 10 men, France proved to be the better team and Didier Deschamps’ youthful and pacey side scored the winner 12 minutes before full time. It was the first time England have conceded three goals in a game in five years.
As England’s national side succumbed to the defeat, Kane verbalised his disappointment.
“Scoring twice in France should be enough. We have got to find a way to win that. We just weren’t good enough.
“They were getting too much space in vital areas, even with ten men.
“We want to be brave and play from the back and mistakes will happen. It’s disappointing.
“We were in the driver’s seat but we didn’t step it up another gear. Not good enough.”
England’s last three friendlies have been against top-class opposition where they have drawn with Spain and lost narrowly to Germany and France, the result not surprising England boss Gareth Southgate who described the sides as ‘the best.’