Under-21 Friendly
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France U21 3-2 England U21

Moussa Dembele of France Under-21s and Rob Holding of England Under-21s
Celtic's Moussa Dembele has scored 18 goals this season

England Under-21s' 15-match unbeaten run has ended after Celtic striker Moussa Dembele scored twice for hosts France in Bondoufle.

England led the friendly through Duncan Watmore's sublime 35-yard chip.

Dembele hammered in the equaliser, then scored his 18th goal of the season with a powerful free-kick.

England levelled through Lewis Baker's curling set-piece, but another exquisite free-kick from Wylan Cyprien clinched victory for Les Bleus.

Chelsea youngster Baker almost nicked a dramatic draw, only to see his swerving low shot pushed out by the France keeper.

It meant the Young Lions lost for the first time since their 3-1 defeat by Italy at the European Championship finals last year.

And England interim coach Aidy Boothroyd, who has stepped up from the Under-20s while Gareth Southgate takes charge of the senior side, saw his temporary reign end with a loss.

The former Watford manager made sweeping changes for the friendly against Les Bleus, giving playing time to fringe members of the squad in the run-up to next summer's European Championship in Poland.

England reached the finals by winning six and drawing two of their eight qualifiers, but the much-changed side was beaten by a French team who failed to make the tournament.

Stunning strikes from Watmore and Baker appeared to be enough for a draw, only for Cyprien to convert the winner just seconds after England's equaliser.

Post-match reaction

England interim manager Aidy Boothroyd: "We can't win every game, we have got to take lessons from defeats like these.

"When you are away from home, you're not only against the opposition and the crowd, sometimes the referees make mistakes too. I thought the referee made mistakes, I thought the free-kick decisions were harsh. We will learn from this game.

On his future, he added: "I've enjoyed the four games, but what will be will be."

England captain Nathaniel Chalobah: "Some of the decisions for the free-kicks from which they scored were harsh - but we have got to move on from it.

"The games against Italy and France have been tests for us. We could play friendly games against weaker opposition but playing against two top countries has been a good test for us going into Poland next year."

England scorer Duncan Watmore: "We were unlucky. We were good in a lot of the game, but scored some good free-kicks. We are disappointed."

Line-ups

France U21

  • 1Didillon
  • 21Pavard
  • 4Gbamin
  • 3KimpembeBooked at 80mins
  • 19Hernández
  • 6Tousart
  • 18Cyprien
  • 10Koziello
  • 8BodigerBooked at 73minsSubstituted forCocoat 89'minutes
  • 7DembeleSubstituted forHallerat 84'minutes
  • 9Augustin

Substitutes

  • 2Lenglet
  • 11Haller
  • 14Coco
  • 15Dubois
  • 16Maignan
  • 20Diallo

England U21

  • 1Mitchell
  • 2Iorfa
  • 5HoldingSubstituted forRedmondat 82'minutes
  • 6Mawson
  • 3Hause
  • 8WinksSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 65'minutes
  • 4ChalobahSubstituted forHaydenat 82'minutes
  • 11Watmore
  • 10Baker
  • 7GrealishSubstituted forHughesat 89'minutes
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 12Hayden
  • 13Gunn
  • 14Hughes
  • 15Chambers
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 17Stephens
  • 18Galloway
  • 19Redmond
Referee:
Marco Fritz

Match Stats

Home TeamFrance U21Away TeamEngland U21
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, France U21 3, England U21 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France U21 3, England U21 2.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Thomas Didillon.

Attempt saved. Lewis Baker (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Corner, France U21. Conceded by Jonathan Mitchell.

Attempt saved. Jean-Kevin Augustin (France U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sébastien Haller.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Will Hughes replaces Jack Grealish.

Substitution

Substitution, France U21. Marcus Coco replaces Yann Bodiger.

Attempt blocked. Isaac Hayden (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

Substitution

Substitution, France U21. Sébastien Haller replaces Moussa Dembele.

Goal!

Goal! France U21 3, England U21 2. Wylan Cyprien (France U21) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (England U21).

Moussa Dembele (France U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Nathan Redmond replaces Rob Holding.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Isaac Hayden replaces Nathaniel Chalobah.

Goal!

Goal! France U21 2, England U21 2. Lewis Baker (England U21) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Presnel Kimpembe (France U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kortney Hause (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Presnel Kimpembe (France U21).

Attempt missed. Lucas Tousart (France U21) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (France U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yann Bodiger with a through ball.

Rob Holding (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jean-Kevin Augustin (France U21).

Booking

Yann Bodiger (France U21) is shown the yellow card.

Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yann Bodiger (France U21).

Attempt saved. Yann Bodiger (France U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Lewis Baker (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Jack Grealish (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Tousart (France U21).

Offside, England U21. Nathaniel Chalobah tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Foul by Rob Holding (England U21).

Yann Bodiger (France U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, England U21. Jack Grealish tries a through ball, but Dominic Iorfa is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. James Ward-Prowse replaces Harry Winks.

Goal!

Goal! France U21 2, England U21 1. Moussa Dembele (France U21) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Kortney Hause (England U21).

Jean-Kevin Augustin (France U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Grealish (England U21).

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