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England and France battle to a draw in their first match on the Euro 2012

Joleon Lescott made the first score for England, looking like they will take the game.

After nine minutes though, Samir Nasri struck from the edge of the area and scored one for the French. England never regained their lead all throughout, and focused more on defense, something that was expected as observed from the past friendly games by Hodgson’s team.

In an interview, Joleon Lescott warned his team that they still have plenty of hard work ahead to make their dream of reaching the 2012 quarter-finals.

Lescott said: "Overall it was a good performance and a very accomplished performance as well.

"Obviously France are unbeaten in a lot of games [21] so we knew it was going to be tough.

"Before the tournament, France was one of the favorites to win the competition, never mind our group.”

France right-back Mathieu Debuchy praised his team’s performance, but has insisted that their campaign is just getting started.

"It's still a good draw and a good result," he told reporters. "When you see the beginning of the game, it makes sense and we are content.

"[It's] Awesome to play against England, it is not easy to get inside [them], but we had to. The first 20 minutes we were struggling but as the game went on, we had more control of the ball.”

France will meet the Ukrainians in another Group D match on Friday in Donetsk, with the co-hosts currently leading the group following their 2-1 win over Sweden on Monday night.

"This is the beginning,” the 26-year-old said. “You have to take it all in in a big competition, there are several factors. It will help us for the next games.

“We have always said that Ukraine would be there in this group. It will not be straightforward, it’ll be a tough game."

France’s Marvin Martin is also positive about the draw.

“I'm very happy with our performance,” Martin told Goal.com. “I think it's a good result. After being led 1-0, we reacted well and we managed to equalise. I think we monopolised the game and we also created quite a few chances, so we must be happy.”

Laurent Blanc is also happy, and gives praise to the one who made the equalizer, Samir Nasri.

"We've always supported Samir. Coaches always want their talented players to live up to their potential, but you have to be patient with some players more than others," Blanc stated at a press conference.

"Nasri needed that and he rewarded us. We have an attacking potential and we've progressed in that area.

"The other good news is that we defended well and didn't pick up any cards."