Full-back Greig Tonks played the first 71 minutes of the game before being replaced by clubmate Will Hurrell for the losing stages, while scrum-half Sam Harrison appeared as a 47th-minute replacement.
England U20 11 France U20 31England, though, had a disappointing evening at Sixways as their championship hopes were dashed.
England U20: Greig Tonks (Leicester Tigers) (Will Hurrell, Leicester Tigers 71); Seb Stegmann (Harlequins), Luke Eves (Bristol Rugby, captain), Tom Casson (Saracens) (Freddie Burns, Gloucester 51), George Lowe (Harlequins); Rory Clegg (Newcastle Falcons), Dan White (Leeds Carnegie) (Sam Harrison, Leicester Tigers 47); Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), Jamie George (Saracens) (Arthur Ellis, London Wasps 55), Bob Baker (London Wasps) (Joe Marler, Harlequins 50), James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), Dan Williams (Gloucester) (Peter Elder, London Wasps 65), Jamie Gibson (London Irish), Jacob Rowan (Leeds Carnegie), Chris York (Harlequins) (Tom Sargeant, Harlequins 47).
Scorers: Try: Stegmann. Penalties: Clegg 2.
France U20: Djibril Camara (Stade Francais); Benjamin Fall (Bayonne), Geoffrey Doumayrou (Montpellier; Guillaume Namy, Brive 56), Laurent Trainer (Biarritz), Leo Griffoul (Narbonne); Pierre Bernard (Bayonne), Ludovic Radosavljevic (Clearmont Auvergne); Loann Goujon (Clermont Auvergne), Benoit Guyot (Stade Francais), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont Auvergne, captain; Thomas Dubois, Colomiers 62), Mickael De Marco (Montpellier; Baptiste Hezard, Clermont Auvergne 54), Russlan Boukerou (Stade Toulousain), Thomas Lebrequier (Biarritz), Antonin Raffault (Biarritz; Jerome Mondoulet, Agen 48), Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais).
Scorers: Tries: Camara 2, Guyot, Orioli. Conversions: Bernard 4. Penalty: Bernard