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England keepers have contrasting fortunes

England keepers have contrasting fortunes

France 3-2 England
Southgate employed his plan of using Burnley’s Tom Heaton as his first-half goalkeeper at Stade de France and then replacing him with Stoke’s Jack Butland after the break.

Heaton, 31, will look back on a painful night when he was not afforded protection by his defenders and two decent saves from Giroud and Dembele only resulted in goals for Umtiti and Sidibe.

Some may question whether Heaton could have pushed the efforts into safer territory, but his luck was out as England’s defence neither shielded him nor reacted quickly enough in either situation.

Butland distinguished himself with a good block from Mbappe, a fine save from the same player late on and also did well to thwart Dembele after Monaco’s teenage prodigy had hit the bar. It was a good night for the 24-year-old whose last England appearance in March 2016 resulted in the ankle injury that kept him sidelined for more than a year.

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