Alli and Rooney see off France

Dele Alli's stunning strike and Wayne Rooney's composed volley saw England claim a 2-0 victory over France at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

  • England 2 France 0
  • Alli scores on his first senior start
  • Rooney adds a second soon after the break
  • Wembley wears the French flag in solidarity

Match Summary

England took the lead not long before half-time thanks to young Tottenham forward Dele Alli, who marked his first senior start with a screamer into the top corner.

Rooney then added a second soon after the break, with Raheem Sterling getting this assist after he found himself in space on the left flank and nipped a cross in towards Rooney at the far post, and England's all-time top scorer added another to his tally with a confident volley.

A number of substitutions in the closing stages disrupted the game's momentum, which had already begun to wane, and although there was some neat play from both sides it lacked enough intensity and incision to conjure another goal, and England saw out the match to claim a 2-0 victory.

Full report

The biggest chance of the opening stages came from a Hugo Lloris error, with the French goalkeeper hacking a clearance straight into Spurs team-mate Harry Kane, who looked to find Rooney, allowing Raphaël Varane to step in and clean up.

With a quarter of an hour played Anthony Martial was starting to show his quality and become a threat, but soon after the Manchester United star had an unsuccessful attempt on goal England were on the counterattack, with Kane finding Alli, who can't get the ball under his spell.

Just past the half-hour mark England came close to the opening goal when Kane came into possession and fed it to Rooney down the right side, where he beat Laurent Koscielny to enter the box and blast a shot just off the top corner.

But England got the breakthrough soon afterwards, with the ball falling to Rooney after Alli challenged Morgan Schneiderlin. The young Spurs star got up quickly to get it back from Rooney who, perhaps via a slight deflection off Koscielny, sent a vicious, dipping effort into the top left corner.

There were a few further chances, with Kane having a pop at goal before Varane was called into action to snuff out some more danger, but with the goal coming in the 39th minute it was enough for England to claim a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Rooney then added a second soon after play resumed for the second half. Raheem Sterling was played in down the left-hand side and had plenty of time and space to play a cross in towards the far post where Rooney was lurking. The Manchester United forward watched the ball drop and volleyed it home with the defender closing him down just a second too late.

On 65 minutes France almost made the breakthrough with some fantastic attacking play between Martial and Paul Pogba, with the former running forward and playing a one-two with the Juventus man, who returned it with a clever back heel, allowing Martial to run onto it, but Jack Butland came out to block the danger. Martial was then taken off to be replaced by Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.

The game slowed down considerably in the closing stages, and a friendly played in superb spirit finished in England's favour, although both teams showed some encouraging signs ahead of next year's tournament in the terror-stricken nation.

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