England ended a tumultuous week for the women’s game with a 1-0 friendly defeat against 2019 World Cup hosts France.

The match – England’s first under interim coach Mo Marley – was a cagey affair with few clear-cut chances before Viviane Asseyi capitalised on goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain’s mistake to snatch victory.

On Wednesday, the Football Association was forced to apologise to two players for racially discriminatory remarks by previous England boss Mark Sampson.

Sampson was sacked in September following evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour with female players in a previous job.

England goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall – under investigation for alleged “unacceptable behaviour” towards striker Eni Aluko – was not at the match in Valenciennes.

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