STARS OF MATCH:
• Steven Gerrard, England’s Captain, has played very well and made some important partnerships with co-players and did his job nicely.
• Ashley Cole and John Terry were showed their excellent defending plan and took the game from France in the second-half.
• Though Florent Malouda failed to score, France midfielder Samir Nasri has scored one goal and saved his side from defeat.
Roy Hodgson, England’s Coach-
” I hope this gives us a good platform. We played well and I am obviously pleased for the players most of all. We were playing against a top team who ask questions of you when they get the ball. They are very patient with a lot of talented players. When they get the ball around your final third they don’t panic so you have to be very disciplined in your defending.”
“So to come away with a 1-1 and to have asked the questions we did, I have got to be quite happy. Sure, we need to improve our final ball. The decision making in the final third was sometimes a bit anxious, but we’ll get better. The longer we play together, the better we’ll become. I hope we’ve established ourselves as hard to beat – you don’t become a really good team in three matches and 10 training sessions – but we’ll get match fitter with every day. I’m pleased the game’s out of the way and pleased the players have shown they can cope well at this level.”
“We are frustrated that it ended in a draw, I think we played much better than them. At times it was like there were 15 bodies on the line. It was really difficult for us to find the space because they played in the way that Chelsea played against Barcelona. People laugh… maybe they want England to play more football but, if they win the tournament like that, they will be happy.”
“We’re satisfied.We won’t get carried away and it was always going to be a platform; nothing else.
“But it’s great to get off the off the mark points-wise. Now we need to follow this up with a win.”