Friendly football matches do not matter much in terms of importance whatever the result, but England will be left with a lot to reflect upon after they played France at Wembley Stadium.
On the back of disastrous 2010 World Cup campaigns by both teams, they are competing and re-building their teams for the 2012 European Championships to be held in Poland and the Ukraine.
England are still under the management of Fabio Capello, while France are now managed by Laurent Blanc, and it is their recovery from the World Cup that seems to be the greater.
Prior to last nights game, England's results since the World Cup finals had seemed promising, with a 2-1 victory over Hungary in an international friendly match and comfortable victories over Bulgaria and Switzerland and then a not so impressive 0-0 draw with Montenegro. The results leave England in a comfortable position at the top of their European Championship qualifying group.
While there is optimism in the results since the tournament, the impetus needs to be maintained, and while there was nothing at stake in this match, it wasn't so much the result but the manner of the defeat that was disappointing.
France were the superior team from the outset, and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 16th minute when Benzema sent a low shot past Ben Foster at the near post, after a nice one-two passing move with Florent Malouda. เกม Flighting ยอดฮิต
Andy Carroll made a promising debut for England, but the lack of supply for the striker limited his performance. Steven Gerrard showed glimpses of his best, and he hit the top of the crossbar with a header, but by this time England were 2-0 behind. The night also ended in disappointment for Gerrard who left the field with a hamstring injury just before the end of the game.
Although England did score a consolation goal, thanks to Peter Crouch, at best, they looked average. France had a spring in their step and with their fast, following football, had they wanted to, they could have put their opposition to the sword. A style of play that the home fans could only watch with envy.
There is still a long time before the European Championships finals, and both England and France will probably qualify. While it is still to far early to choose a winner for that competition, of the two teams, it appears that France are the team who seem to have picked themselves up from that awful World Cup campaign and look the more promising team for the future.