Lescott happy with England display

12 June 2012 06:17

England goal hero Joleon Lescott praised the resilience of Roy Hodgson's side in opening their Euro 2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against France in Donetsk.

Lescott put England ahead after half an hour only for his Manchester City team-mate Samir Nasri to salvage a point with an equaliser nine minutes later. But England showed plenty of determination and organisational qualities to collect a vital point ahead of matches with Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine.

Lescott said: "It was a really good collective performance. It was a really hard game to start off with. We had to be organised and you know what you get with an English team. There will be plenty of pride and passion but I think we also looked good going forward and we can build on this."

He added: "We had a gameplan today and we are confident going into every game. We should be confident of getting a win. But our work ethic was important tonight.

"Scott (Parker) and Steven (Gerrard) played really well and solid. James (Milner) and Alex (Oxlade-Chamberlain) as well. No matter how we played, it was important we did not lose the game and it gives us a good position to get into the next game."

Lescott netted his first international goal from a pinpoint free-kick by skipper Steven Gerrard.

He said: "It is always nice to score and this was extra special. It is the sort of goal you dream about. But the delivery was of such good quality that it made it easy to hit the target."

Patrice Evra was disappointed at France's failure to clinch victory but defended England's tactics even though he likened them to Chelsea's Champions League performance against Barcelona.

The Manchester United defender said: "We are frustrated because I think we played much better but in the end it is a draw. It felt like there were 15 bodies on the pitch at times and it was really difficult for us to find the space.

"I think they played the way Chelsea did against Barcelona. People laugh. Maybe they want England to play more football but, in the end, if they win the tournament playing like that, they will be happy."

Source: PA