England's U17s lose 2-0 to France in their second outing in the Algarve Tournament
France 2-0 England
The Algarve Tournament
3pm, Sunday 22 February 2009
Estadio Municipal Lagos
England suffered their second defeat in 24 hours as France came out on top in the second round of fixtures in the Algarve Tournament.
John Peacock's U17s were hit by two early goals and after going two goals behind just 17 minutes into the encounter with France, England would not recover despite showing character to come back into the game.
The hosts Portugal defeated England on Saturday afternoon, and now England must look to their final match on Tuesday with Israel for consolation.
France took the lead as early as the second minute with Chris Gadi slotting past Jed Steer with neither team fully settled into the game.
England were shellshocked by conceding so early, but with little more than a quarter of an hour gone it was two this time it was the French skipper Darniel Situ on the scoresheet.
Having suffered a similar double-whammy just a day earlier England were keen to respond quickly and Emmanuel Frimpong went close five minutes later from a free-kick that deflected wide.
It could have been three for France after 33 minutes as they struck the woodwork from a free-kick, with England rattled and Les Bleus dominant for the first-half Lateed Elford-Alliyu had the first shot on target moments before the interval.
Peacock brought Thomas Ince and Benik Afobe into the game at the break and steadily their influence on the game grew. Ahmed Benali went close from the restart and Afobe hit an effort high over the bar on the hour mark.
Substitutions altered the flow towards the conclusion of the game as both teams looked to cope with a second match in 24 hours, but France held firm and condemned England to their second defeat.
Israel lost 3-0 to Portugal in the day's other game meaning England will need a win on Tuesday to avoid ending up bottom of the table.
1 Jed Steer, 3 Jamie Reckord (17 Ezekiel Fryers, 71), 5 Eddie Oshodi, 6 Tom Parkes (2 Keanu Marsh Brown, 65), 8 Ryan Tunnicliffe (c), 10 Jacob Walcott (11 Thomas Ince, 41), 12 Luke Freeman (9 Benik Afobe, 41), 14 Emmanuel Frimpong, 15 Louis Laing, 16 Ahmad Benali, 18 Lateef Elford-Alliyu (4 Joe McCann, 58)
Subs Not Used 7 Jose Baxter, 13 Sam Johnstone
Head Coach John Peacock
16 Mehdi Taieb, 3 Atila Turan, 4 Dennis Appiah, 5 Darnial Situ (c), 6 Chris Missilou, 8 Alexandre Coeff, 9 Chris Gadi (14 Arnaud Souquet, 58), 11 Mehdi Abeid, 12 Pierrick Cros, 13 Hery Bastien, 17 Benjamin Jeannot (10 Terence Makenjo, 65)
Subs Not Used 1 Zacharie Boucher, 2 Alassane Tambe, 7 Yeni Ngbakoto, 15 Jules Iloki, 18 Jimmy Kamghain
Goals Gadi 2, Situ 17
Head Coach Philippe Berjeroo
Referee Eitan Scmuelevitz (Israel)
Assistant Referees Carlos Nilha, Diamantino Costa (Both Portugal)