Alli shines as England see off France

Previous meetings between the two countries have always been entertaining. Photo courtesy of nemone/Flickr

Previous meetings between the two countries have always been entertaining. Photo courtesy of nemone/Flickr

England saw off France at Wembley on Tuesday on a night when football took a back seat.

Dele Alli netted a fine opener on his first England start before captain Wayne Rooney added a second after half time.

In the days leading up to the game there had been doubts as to whether it would even go ahead in the wake of the terrorist attacks which ravaged Paris on Friday evening.

However, it was agreed that the match should go ahead as planned and what followed was an incredible display of solidarity from more than 70,000 fans inside England’s national stadium.

Both sets of fans rose to sing the French national anthem, with England fans displaying their opponents’ flag in a stunning display, before the players stood together for a perfectly observed minutes’ silence.

When the game itself got underway, it was hotly contested and Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye went close to opening the scoring for the visitors with a shot which shaved Joe Hart’s crossbar.

But England took the lead shortly before half time when Alli, making his first start for his country, let fly with a wonderful shot from distance into the top corner which gave goalkeeper and Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Hugo Lloris no chance.

And a few minutes after the interval the game was over as a contest when a fantastic move started by the impressive Alli saw Rooney volley home from Raheem Sterling’s cross.

Alli was substituted to a standing ovation two minutes before full time and the 19-year-old will be delighted with his man-of-the-match performance on his full debut for the Three Lions.

 

Stuart Lancaster Leaves Post

England were defeated 33-13 by Australia at Twickenham

England were defeated 33-13 by Australia at Twickenham

Stuart Lancaster has stood down from his post as England coach this afternoon, following a disappointing World Cup performance.

England became the first host-nation of a Rugby World Cup to be eliminated in the group stages, with losses to Wales and Australia.

After such poor performances on home soil, Lancaster’s position was always in doubt, with many bookmakers cutting odds on his resignation or sacking.

Despite the disappointing of the world cup, Lancaster claimed he was still proud of the team’s performances, having won 28 out of 46 games since taking charge in 2012.

“We have played some excellent rugby and it was always going to be tough to get the right level of experience into them in time for 2015.

“I am immensely proud of the development of this team and I know that there is an incredibly strong foundation for them to progress to great things in the future.”

The Rugby Football Union now begin their search for Lancaster’s successor, with Australia coach Michael Cheika sounded out for the position. Despite this, RFU have encouraged patience from the fans.

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