Internationals: Giroud, Koscielny, Ox

Olivier Giroud in action for France

Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featured in Tuesday evening’s international friendly between France and England at Stade de France.

Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain both started for their respective countries, and it was England who started the brighter side with Harry Kane putting them ahead after just nine minutes.

The Three Lions’ lead would only last 13 minutes, though, as Samuel Umiti was on hand to convert from close range after Tom Heaton had failed to hold onto Giroud’s powerful header.

France took control when Djibril Sidibe smashed home a rebound just before half-time, but the hosts handed England a way back into the game when Raphael Varane brought down Dele Alli in the box, and Kane made no mistake from the spot.

Varane’s dismissal saw Laurent Koscielny replace Giroud as part of a defensive reshuffle but, despite being one man short, it was France who struck the killer blow.

Kylian Mbappe squared to Ousmane Dembele, who drove a low strike beyond Jack Butland to secure the win for Les Bleus at the end of an entertaining night in Paris.


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