Saints duo feature in Young Lions defeat

By SFC Media Mon 14 Nov International

James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond came off the bench to feature in England Under-21s’ 3-2 friendly defeat away to France.

The Southampton duo were introduced during the second half in Bondoufle, but couldn’t prevent the Young Lions from suffering a first loss in 16 games.

England started brilliantly, as Duncan Watmore’s stunning long-range chip gave them a ninth-minute lead, but Moussa Dembélé’s thumping strike brought the hosts level shortly afterwards.

Dembélé then struck again in the 64th minute, with a curling free-kick, to give France their first lead of the night.

England immediately reacted by bringing on Ward-Prowse, and they levelled the game at 2-2 with just under ten minutes remaining, as Lewis Baker’s swerving free-kick found its way into the net via the post.

Redmond was then thrown on for the closing stages, but Wylan Cyprien’s superb strike from another set piece ensured the hosts took the victory.

Saints defender Jack Stephens, who scored the winner in last week’s 3-2 win against Italy, at St Mary’s, was an unused sub for the match.

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