England 1 France 2 (Wembley friendly 17 November 2010)
France put further distance between themselves and their disastrous World Cup with a 2-1 win over an inexperienced England at Wembley. The hosts fell behind in the 16th minute when Karim Benzema played a one-two with Malouda and lashed the ball past Ben Foster at the near post. Ten minutes into the 2nd half, France added to their tally when Valbuena side-footed Sagna's cross beyond Foster. Gerrard's angled header skimmed the crossbar in the 63rd minute and in the 75th minute Johnson's low cross into the danger area pinballed away for a corner. In the 80th minute Llores spilled Jonson's low cross and Gerrard steamed in to shot just wide, and 3 minutes later Nasri smashed the ball against the outside of the England post before Peter Crouch met a corner at the far post in the 86th minute to volley the ball into the roof of the net moments after coming onto the pitch giving England hope for the remaining minutes.
Peter Crouch pulls a goal back for England
In other matches played on the same day, a last minute Messi goal was the difference between Argentina and Brazil in Doha, while world champions Spain took a 4-0 pounding in Portugal and Germany drew 0-0 with Sweden in Gothenburg. The Republic of Ireland lost 2-1 at home to Norway and Northern Ireland cancelled out Chamakh's goal for Morocco with a late penalty at Windsor Park. Australia fell 3-0 to Egypt in Cairo and Poland defeated visiting Ivory Coast 3-1 while Uruguay lost 2-0 in Chile.