“This was not the greatest game played out in a strangely subdued atmosphere in Donetsk – but England and manager Roy Hodgson may be happy with the result in the overall context of Euro 2012. Gives them something to build on.”
France: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Evra, Nasri, Cabaye, Diarra, Malouda, Ribery, Benzema. Subs: Mandanda, Giroud, Matuidi, Reveillere, Menez, M’Vila, Martin, Ben Arfa, Valbuena, Clichy, Koscielny, Carrasso.
England: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Young, Welbeck. Subs: Green, Walcott, Henderson, Carroll, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Downing, Defoe, Butland.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
France 0-1 England (Joleon Lescott)
England change that ball, and Joleon Lescott opens the scoring. Steven Gerrard whips in a fabulous delivery from the right-hand side, and Lescott gets ahead of Alou Diarra to plant a powerful header into the net. Great start for England.
France 1 (Samir Nasri) 1 England
England couldn’t see it out, but this is a cracking equaliser. France work the ball around nicely on the edge of the area, and when Frack Ribery lays the ball back to Samir Nasri, the Manchester City man curls a gem of a shot past Joe Hart and into the net. A fine strike.