Ali

The French started the match on a brighter note dictating the affairs of the game with precision as England struggled to keep two passes together allowing France to open up their defensive back line.

EnglandManchester United’s attacker Antonio Martial nearly fired the French ahead in the 19th minute when he cut in from the left wing to fire in a low shot which was saved by Joe Hart.

England’s first clear cut opportunity came in the 31st minute when Tottenham Hotspurs Harry Kane linked up Rooney high up field but the Manchester United striker could not find the target as his effort went wide.

Tottenham Hotspurs youngster, Deli Alli,who until this season was playing for League One side MK Dons got a toast from the crowd in the 41st minute with a stunner from 30-yards which Hugo Lloris in post for France could do little about.

England extended their lead in the 48th minute through Wayne Rooney’s volley. Deli Ali intercepted Pogba’s ball in the middle. The teenager teams up with Sterling on the left for the Manchester City’s winger to pinged in a cross for the unmarked Rooney to add his name on the score cards.

Deli had to come very deep into his own half to stop Martial in the 53rd minute. The Manchester United forward was in a good position to cause havoc only to be stopped by Ali’s last ditch tackle.

England was at the Mercy of Antonio Martial again in the 66th minute after Paul Pogba had set him up with a defence splitting backheel but substitute goalie, Butland was quick to react.

The French kept pressing and probing with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba displaying why he’s still one of the best passer’s of the ball but France lacked the cutting edge upfront.

By Dela Ahiawor/from Wembley Stadium, England

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