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Ten man France prove that England are still in the dark ages

England manager Gareth Southgate says “there is no magic wand” in the wake of their 3-2 defeat to 10-man France.Southgate’s men lost 3-2 in Tuesday’s global friendly at the Stade de France, despite the Real Madrid centre-back seeing red for bringing down Dele Alli for a penalty that was converted by Harry Kane early in the second half.The teams traded chances after that, with Kylian Mbappe blasting one off the crossbar before the rising star set up Dembele for the go-ahead strike in the 78th minute.Harry Kane put England in the lead in the ninth minute but France led at half time thanks to goals from Samuel Umtiti and Djibril Sidibe.The Spurs frontman scored at the start of each half, the second from the penalty spot after club teammate Dele Alli had been felled by Raphael Varan.”But I am not in a rush to make that decision. There will still be an element of one person’s judgement within that”.France, on the other hand, were fuming at the decision to dismiss Varane, even though coach Didier Deschamps was delighted with the way his side battled with 10 men.”It was a bit tricky with the penalty and the red card”. France then struck again, with Dembele dribbling into the area and attempting to bend his shot beyond Heaton only for him to push the ball out.”We’ve got to maintain the squad environment that people feel involved”.On an evening when only Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling resembled worldwide players, Southgate was left looking for positives from another poor England performance.In England, the players can look dynamic, even risky, when things are going well.France’s Ousmane Dembele, left, challenges for the ball with England’s Gary Cahill during a friendly soccer match between France and England at the Stade de France in Saint Denis, north of Paris, France, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.The match against France failed to give much cause for optimism.In their last four competitive games, England have won only once – against minows Lithuiania – drawn once and have been beaten twice by Germany and France. Eric Dier’s lazy pass was cut out by Thomas Lemar, who quickly shifted the ball into the path of Pogba, who in turn fed Mbappe. He picked out Kane lurking near the back post for an easy finish.After Tuesday’s game, England are next in action in early September with a World Cup qualifying double-header against Malta and Slovakia.Five minutes later, Olivier Giroud had the ball in the back of the England net after a sensational volley, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.