Alli & Rooney score as England beat France on emotional night

Date published: Tuesday 17th November 2015 9:52

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Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney scored as England beat France 2-0 on a night that Wembley remembered the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

On an emotional night at Wembley, both sets of players paid their respects to the victims of Friday night’s terrorist attacks in the French capital, which left at least 129 dead and many more seriously injured.

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Alli, handed his first international start in what was his fourth international cap, struck a magnificent opener on 39 minutes past his Spurs team-mate Hugo Lloris.

And England doubled their advantage three minutes into the restart when Rooney rifled in an unstoppable volley after Alli had won the ball in midfield and released Raheem Sterling, who then provided a perfect cross.

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Alli enjoyed a stunning full debut on a night of tears, compassion and defiance at an emotional Wembley.

The 19-year-old Tottenham midfielder found the top corner with a stunning 24-yard strike and played a key role in Rooney’s second-half volley.

England’s ninth straight Wembley victory was an impressive one that came against a star-studded France side.

But the real winner here at Wembley was football.

Just four days after 129 people died in the Paris terror attacks, the France team and their English counterparts, as well as the home and away fans inside this famous stadium, stood shoulder to shoulder to send a defiant message to the terrorists who wreaked havoc in the French capital.

Not even the news that Germany’s friendly against Holland had been cancelled, due to the threat of a terrorist attack, could dampen the spirit of defiance at Wembley.

England supporters have had their critics down the years – just last month they were fighting with their Lithuanian counterparts in the stands in Vilnius – but on Tuesday they did not let their nation down.

All the words and pronunciations may not have been spot on, but they joined in with the singing of La Marseillaise before kick-off.

There was a show of unity on the pitch, too. The teams broke ranks and mixed together and stood arm in arm for the cameras.

It was a moving gesture of strength and defiance – one that drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

The supporters, many of them holding up ‘Pray for Paris’ placards, remained on their feet for an impeccably observed minute’s silence.

With ‘Allez Les Bleus’ reverberating around the stadium, the French tried to give back something to their fans.

They started well.

Yohan Cabaye struck just over a stretching Joe Hart and had Gary Cahill not put in a last-ditch tackle, the Crystal Palace man would have had a clear shot from six yards.

But France, perhaps with the occasion getting to them, started to fade.

Rooney, restored to the starting line-up, was keen to make an impact. He sent Laurent Koscielny into a dizzy haze with a charging run, but then shot narrowly wide.

Alli had no such problems hitting the target. The Tottenham midfielder put in a crunching tackle to win the ball and exchanged passes with Rooney before driving the ball into the far corner past a diving Hugo Lloris. The ball took a slight deflection off Koscielny but it was going in any way. Kane knew. He was celebrating before the ball hit the net.

Wayne Rooney: Volleys in England's second against France

Alli played a key role in the second goal three minutes after the restart.

Despite his slight frame, Alli knocked Juventus star Paul Pogba off the ball and fed it to Raheem Sterling on the left. The winger delivered a perfect cross to Rooney at the back post and he volleyed into the net through Lloris’ fingers.

Lassana Diarra, whose cousin died in the Paris attacks, received a standing ovation when he came on.

Pogba backheeled into Anthony Martial’s path, but substitute Jack Butland saved the Manchester United forward’s shot and France offered little else in the last 20 minutes.

The friendly may have been over as a contest, but still the French flags waved high up in the stands, still ‘Allez Les Bleus’ could be heard in the stands.

The French had been defeated but they were still successful in delivering their message of defiance to the terrorists.



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    Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney scored as England beat France 2-0 on a night that Wembley remembered the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

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    nine nine nine

    The record books will show that it was as 2 nil win for England but how very difficult it must have been for the French players to go out and play that game tonight.

    Two lovely goals by England though inc a stonking first goal by Deli Ali.



    Think Hugo Lloris summed up France’s performance very well. I don’t think anyone could have expected the French to be 100% focussed on the Game given the events of Friday. In saying that England did perform very well themselves.



    Echo my thoughts posted on the match thread – proud of both nations and football in general, tonight.



    Alli did well. And for the life of me I dont understand why England dont hurry on the likes of Carrick, Cahill, Milner and even Rooney.

    England have some really good young players and they need to be given their chance.

    Stones, Chamberlain, Walcott, Welbeck, Sterling, Alli, Wilshere, Shaw, Stones, Kane, Sturridge, Rose. These are the players who should be playing for England.

    Given the pace of Chamberlain, Walcott, Sterling, Sturridge, and Kane ability as a number 9, I have no idea what the game plan is with Rooney leading the line. You could use the pace, and have Harry Kane playing off the last man, yet Rooney is preferred, and for what?

    This is English football letting itself down again. Showing no initiative or a desire to get ahead of the game. The great teams like Spain and Germany revamped their teams and playing system and stole a march on the competition.

    This is England’s major problem, they possess no ambition to rip up the playbook as they know it, nor the intellect to implement a brand of football that give them an edge. Such as Spain with their tika taka, and Germany with their direct and robust brand of football.

    England well, the game plan is simple…………Rooney.


    Your Rooney bias is silly Syd. Say what you want about his club form but Rooney has scored in all 6 of the last 6 England games he has played in – he also assisted Alli last night.

    There is loads of space in that England side for Rooney. Just forget that he plays for Manchester United for once and think objectively.

    Why are you mentioning Welbeck, Sturridge, Walcott, and Shaw when they are all injured??

    Rooney has the most caps and the most goals for Roy’s selection. His dressing room influence cannot be underestimated. He actually is the only proven winner in that squad besides Joe Hart and Gary Cahill at the minute.

    Young players must be blooded in but they also need to be cushioned with proper experience.

    All this “pace” you are talking about has no use if players don’t know how to actually play football at the highest level. Chamberlain is a headless chicken by the way.


    Jimmy Greaves

    Dele Alli has everything to be a top player, Jack ( any excuse to fall over) Wilshere, wont get any where near the England team…



    ah a nice dose of impartiality there …. 😉



    The,best,thing about Allis goal, was the tackle, strong hard, fair and came away with the ball, laid it off and demanded it back and bang, into the onion bag. As for Jack Wheelchair, if he can’t string 10 games playing,mthe shouldn’t be anywhere near the squad, Mason could easily replace him, his accuracy is better than JW, and dominated the Derby games last season at WHL



    Feeling the rivalry but putting that to one side dont think either Mason or Ali are quite there yet, also no as good as Wilshere when fit, buts as you say when is he ever fit?!

    I agree he shouldnt be near the England team while we have capable replacements until he can stay injury free for a good while and his form deserves a call up

    if Ali continues as is though he will be a beats of a player right enough but as soon as that happens he will end up at united or city along with Kane



    I would caution suggesting Alli is better than Wilshere. It reminds of a few years ago when Andros Townsend was better than Theo Walcott.



    I really do think Alli is going to turn into a beast of a player. I just wonder how long we can keep hold of him… or maybe he’ll start a huge bromance with Dier (another beast of a player) and that’ll be our midfield sorted for another 10 years.

    I wonder is Bale is watching…

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