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England skipper Kane delivers damning assessment after defeat to 10-man France

Date Posted,June 13, 2017

Harry Kane delivered a damning verdict after England were beaten by ten-man France and admitted they were “not good enough.”

Kane scored twice but England were still taken apart by France’s brilliant youngsters even though they had Raphael Varane sent off after VAR was used three minutes after the restart.

England captain Kane said: “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 10 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.”

Kane scored twice for the Three Lions (Photo: The FA Collection via Getty)
But he was left frustrated (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)

England boss Gareth Southgate was highly critical of his players for the way they let the result slip away even after France went down to 10 men.

But Southgate insisted that he saw some good things and claimed the gap was not bigger than he thought, having now lost to France and Germany while also drawing with Spain in three high profile friendlies.

Southgate added: “One of the disappointments was not controlling the ball in that last period when France were down to 10, and not to tire them out as a result.

“I’m not surprised in reality. Those teams are the best. In the last few years we’ve not got anywhere near those teams when it’s come to tournaments and finals, so that’s why we need to play them.

England boss Southgate was unhappy with his side’s defeat (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)

“We need to see the reality of where we are, test yourself against the best, so you don’t mask where you are in terms of a team.

“Our work with the ball, though, and the way we can hurt teams is encouraging. The other side has to be challenged by playing against top sides.”

France boss Didier Deschamps was unhappy with the sending off and added: “It was a disaster scenario for us. We ended up with 10, so credit the players, because it’s a nice English team. After going down to 10, we even had more opportunities than them.”

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