England disappoints in Paris

Franck Ribery scores

 England suffered their first defeat under coach Fabio Capello with a disappointing performance in France.

Franck Ribery scored the only goal from the penalty spot with 32 minutes gone after David James had spectacularly brought down Nicolas Anelka.

Florent Malouda, Anelka and Ribery all went close to a second, while Steven Gerrard twice headed wide on a night when England created very little.

David Beckham lasted 63 minutes on the night he won his 100th cap.

On the evidence on display France can look forward to their opening Euro 2008 fixture in 75 days with growing confidence after a mature, composed display.

In contrast, Capello must realise that he has a lot of work to do if he is to translate his success at club level to the international stage.

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