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Three talking points from France's 3-2 win over England

Wednesday 14th June 2017
Another week, another dose of International football to keep us happy. This time England travelled to Paris, France to take on their flamboyant neighbours in a blockbuster friendly. Both teams dropped points in their respective World Cup qualifiers over the weekend, meaning this match was used as a proving ground to show their true quality.

In a hotly contested affair that included a red card and penalty, the 10 men of France proved to have too much quality for the overrated Premier League natives. As an Ousmane Dembele winner sealed the deal for the French, as they ended proceedings 3-2.

Here are 3 talking points from the entertaining affair.

Kieran Trippier needs to start more

In a new system and in his first international cap, Kieran Trippier impressed immensely against one of football's best attacks. The 2nd choice Spurs right-back covered himself in utter glory as he stood out as England's only competent player all game.

Up against several accomplished dribblers, Trippier made 3 successful tackles as well as winning all his aerial duels. His pass success rate from a wing-back position was 88%, one of the highest rates on the pitch. In a night where nearly every single England defender got turned inside out, Trippier maintained his integrity and shone the brightest.

Video technology is still controversial

As a new dawn of football arrives, we were given a taste of the new era at the Stade de France. After coming out of halftime 2-1 down,  the game was turned on its head when Italian referee David Massa consulted the video review department for a decision in the 47th minute.

To the naked eye, Dele Alli bumbled his way into the box and lost his balance after mis-hitting his shot. In truth, the replays show that Alli cleverly manoeuvred his way into the penalty box, before being tripped up by Raphael Varane who was the last man. The decision was correct as Varane was sent off and Harry Kane converted the subsequent penalty.

However, many would argue there is still ambiguity over the intent of the contact, thus bargaining that it wasn't a foul. To the untrained eye the decision looked harsh, but by the letter of the law, Raphael Varane stopped a clear goalscoring opportunity and was shown to the dressing room.

Kylian Mbappé is the real deal

A lot of the time hype can precede a player and then that hype inevitably overshadows them. With Kylian Mbappé, it almost seems as though the hype may not be enough for his talent. Playing as a 2nd striker, the Frenchman proved why every top club in Europe wants him so badly. Anytime he touched the ball, magic flowed from his boots.

His runs down the left flank opened up space for Digne and Dembele to occupy, thus overloading England's back 3. Not only was his movement explosive, it was thoughtful and intelligent, to the benefit of the whole team. He constantly positioned himself in behind Kieran Trippier, just ahead of Phil Jones, forcing the United centre-back to commit against his will. Combined with the mazy runs of Ousmane Dembele, England's back 3/5 was terrorised all night.

The only gripe that can be held against him is the timing of his runs, the youngster was found to be offside on four occasions. Four occasions that could have led to more goals for the French.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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