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Anelka wins penalty to help France beat England 1-0 in friendly

Anelka wins penalty to help France beat England 1-0 in friendly

Nicolas Anelka seems to enjoy playing against England.
Nine years after tormenting the English defense with both goals in France's 2-0 win at Wembley, the Chelsea striker shone again Wednesday, winning a penalty that helped Les Bleus beat England 1-0 in the friendly at Stade de France.
Having already tested goalkeeper David James twice with a header and a shot on the turn, Anelka collected a precise pass from Francois Clerc in the 31st minute and ran through England's defense.
His disguised run behind England's defense eluded John Terry, who plays with Anelka at Chelsea.
James rushed off his line but Anelka was too quick and poked the ball round him, forcing James to send Anelka flying into the air.
Franck Ribery converted easily from the spot, but it was Anelka who drew the plaudits as the crowd broke into chants of "Ole, Ole" when he next touched the ball, teasing England's defenders with a series of neat dragbacks and stepovers.
Not so long ago, those cheers would have been jeers for a player once unpopular among French fans.
Anelka refused a call-up to France's squad as a late replacement in 2002 and spent the next 3 1/2 years in international exile until France coach Raymond Domenech recalled him to the squad for a friendly against Costa Rica in November 2005.
Although he scored in that match, Anelka did not make Domenech's squad for the 2006 World Cup.
But he now seems sure to be included for the European Championships _ eight years after helping Les Bleus win Euro 2000 alongside Thierry Henry, who missed Wednesday's game with an unspecified injury.