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Lloris cheered by anthem chorus

By Simon Peach

France captain Hugo Lloris was pleased to see the solidarity and character of his side shine through during last night's 2-0 friendly defeat against England at Wembley.

Roy Hodgson's England hosted Les Bleus in London four days after at least 129 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of attacks in Paris.

England took the lead after 39 minutes as debutant Dele Alli collected Wayne Rooney's pass and struck a fine goal beyond diving Tottenham team-mate Lloris into the top corner.

Captain Rooney doubled the hosts' lead at the start of the season half as the Manchester United striker volleyed home Raheem Sterling's cross to complete the scoring.

Lloris was pleased the crowd at Wembley could pay their respects to the victims of Friday night's attacks in the French capital by joining in to sing La Marseillaise, France's national anthem.

He said: "First of all we wanted to sing in the stadium for all the people in Paris, for all the respect.

"During the match we had a lack of aggression and concentration, but I think it's a bit normal.

"It was more about solidarity and we showed character for the sport... football is important and life is still going on and so we need to carry on."

Rooney, who set up the opener and scored England's second goal, admitted it was a tough match to play but hopes the "togetherness" and "unity" shown throughout the match can only act as a positive.

He said: "It was a difficult night for everyone, I think, especially for the French players and the French staff. But for ourselves to be involved on this occasion - it was tough.

"Especially with all the young players as well, excited on one hand at making their England debut, but it's a difficult game and I think both teams handled it extremely well."

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