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England U19 boss Blake delighted with victory over France

England U19 coach Noel Blake was delighted with victory over France.

Goals from Everton midfielder John Lundstram and Tottenham striker Harry Kane before the break proved enough to beat a physically powerful France outfit and nip ahead of them into top spot in Group B.

"It was a very tough game, France had a lot of the ball up until our back-line to a certain extent but I also thought we played some really good football too, especially in the first half," Blake told theFA.com.

"We had a game plan on what to do without the ball and the players executed that to the letter. They (France) like to play that big, diagonal ball and they do it very well so that caused us the most trouble. But the objective is to keep the ball out of your net and we've only conceded one goal, which I felt we really should have dealt with from our point of view.

"That said, I can't fault the lads for effort, work ethic and discipline, which was terrific and the tackling was very good, very clean.

"Without the ball, I thought we did really well. With the ball, I was quite pleased at times and we created some good chances on the counter attack.

"We all know in international football, you're not always going to dominate possession. They did it today and we've done it in the past this season. But we scored two very good goals."

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