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Alli off the mark for England

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli made a goalscoring full debut for England in a 2-0 friendly win over France at Wembley on Tuesday night.

The former MK Dons starlet opened the scoring on an emotional night in London, with Les Bleus making the trip across the Channel just days after a string of terror attacks in Paris.

France’s game against Germany at the Stade de France was one of the targets as more than 100 people lost their lives in the French capital.

More than 70,000 fans honoured the victims as fans united to sing La Marseillaise – the French national anthem.

There was an impeccably observed minute’s silence, with both sets of players standing together prior to the match.

England boss Roy Hodgson said: “I was pleased the FA set about showing our respect and marking this sad occasion. It was handled quite brilliantly.

“It was a very poignant occasion and we achieved all the things we wanted to achieve in the remembrance. An act of defiance was better than the other alternative.”

Alli was joined on the scoresheet by England captain Wayne Rooney, who extended his Three Lions goalscoring record to 51 with a strike early in the second half.

The game itself was always going to be overshadowed by the Paris terror attacks, but Hodgson was still pleased with 19-year-old Alli’s contribution.

He said: “It was as close as you can get to faultless performance. I didn’t at any moment of the game think he was anything other than top class.”