Harry Kane claimed England's performance was "not good enough" as they succumbed to France, with the manager Gareth Southgate critical of his team's game management after playing nearly all the second period against 10 men.
England's Harry Kane continued his scorching form with a pair of goals, the second of which came from a penalty after a Video Assistant Referees went against France for a second time.
The Three Lions were more like the young Lions in France on Tuesday as they were beaten 3-2 by an equally youthful Les Bleus.
France were quicker, more aggressive and more youthful. It was never enough.
They were warning signs Southgate's men failed to heed. Some 2,321 England supporters had tickets to the game.
Video assistance was introduced for the first time in a Federation Internationale de Football Association competition at the Club World Cup in Japan last December and is being used in select competitions. The left wing-back pulled his cross low into the six-yard area, where Kane side-footed home.
France and England will come up against each other in the second round of global games following the World Cup qualifiers last week, with both nations keen on getting the victory. Southgate also changed formation, returning to a back three.More news: Pro-Trump Group's Attack Ads Put Pressure GOP Senator Opposing ObamaCare Overhaul
"With Spain, it was their ability to keep the ball better than us, that we had to keeping chasing and chasing and chasing".
Crowds further honoured the victims of the recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom by singing God Save The Queen and observing a minute's silence in the stadium prior to the match.
France and England players will meanwhile walk out to the sound of Don't Look Back in Anger from Oasis for Tuesday's friendly at Stade de France. But their early goal only galvanised France and they were soon level when Samuel Umtiti buried the rebound after Tom Heaton had saved well from Oliver Giroud's header.
Dembele lined himself up for a curler that Heaton parried. Once again, it fell to a French player and Djibril Sidibe slammed it into the goal.
47' - The ref consults the video ref and sends Varane off! Kane stepped up and drove his penalty past Lloris. "I want the players to feel disappointed because they have to recognise the moments when they have an opportunity to get a really good result".
But it was only a brief respite for England as Dembele scored the victor 12 minutes from time with a low shot into the bottom corner after mistakes by the England defence.
France produced a terrific performance to teach England a painful lesson in passing, movement and imagination - even after going down to 10 men.