England Manager Gareth Southgate Says Raphael Varane Red Was Right Call

Paola Ditto
Giugno 27, 2017

England had a man advantage for nearly all of the second half after Raphael Varane was sent off for tripping Dele Alli in the 47th minute - an incident ruled on by the Video Assistant Referee. City ended the season without a trophy after being knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup.

However, the relentless pace of that league also makes it hard to know when to save energy for when it's most needed - the way the midfields of France, Spain, Germany and Italy do.

"We've got to maintain the squad environment that people feel involved".

"We scored a goal with 10 men against a good England side, which is quite an achievement", Deschamps told a news conference.

"We were in the driver's seat but we didn't step it up another gear".

England manager Gareth Southgate looks on during the friendly against France in Paris on Tuesday.

England did not look like equalising in the dying embers of the game, with the unsafe Mbappe and Dembele taking the fight to the Three Lions.

"With Spain, it was their ability to keep the ball better than us, that we had to keeping chasing and chasing and chasing".

The Southampton defender said: "The French are good players, but we are going to get that".

"If we'd played lesser teams and won, maybe we'd all be getting excited and thinking that we're better than we are", he said.

"We should have got a result". The 18-year-old, arguably the hottest property in world football at the moment, laid the ball back to Dembele, who finished superbly from just inside the area. We had a look at that in training in fact. "Equally we saw what we need to do better: Managing the game". Part of that was because we exhausted.

"I thought part of that was because we were exhausted, I think we put a huge amount into the game to try and press and to deal with the physical capabilities France had - and it was a problem for us all night, their pace and their athleticism".

"I've not seen it again, but from my initial view I thought it was the right call", Southgate said.

France coach Didier Deschamps added that the sending off "was quite harsh".

Massa took around one minute to make his decision, talking into his earpiece as he consulted the video assistant referee while France's players remonstrated, some shaking their heads and with midfielder Paul Pogba laughing in disbelief.

As Southgate suggests, despite the assistance of technology and the opportunity to review the action, decisions such as this will still effectively come down to one person's interpretation of an incident.

"Even with the video, you won't always get it 100% right", said Southgate.

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