England Hold Out For a Draw Against France 1-1
New England manager Roy Hodgson proves once again his ability to get the best out of a mediocre squad of players as England hold France 1-1 in Euro 2012 opener. Actually one point is a great result for the Three Lions considering France are the group favorites, and on paper all the England games look tough so a point in the bag will do for starters! But taking a look at the headlines in the UK tabloids readers would be forgiven if they were misled into thinking this was 1966 World Cup all over again!
UK tabloid captions :-
JOB DONETSK – The Sun
ENGLAND’S JOB DONE! – The Star
Shut it!: Nasri tells England coach Neville to ‘shut your gob’ after France equaliser – The Daily Mirror
Roy Hodgson Has Lift Off – The Daily Express
This is more realistic :-
England 1 France 1: Hodgson’s men off the mark as Three Lions share draw with Group D heavyweights in opening match – The Daily Mail
Back to the match in any other game the chance squandered in the 26th minute by the averagely gifted James Milner should have been ‘A Goal’ and a potential game changer. But it was not to be, and the reality is that England had to dig deep to hang on for the 1-1 draw!
England – Joleon Lescott – 30 minutes
France – Samir Nasri – 39 minutes
Euro 2012 Match Ground
16:00 +00:00, June 11, 2012
Donbass Arena, Ukraine
Match Stats Ball Possession
England – 40%
France – 60%
England on this performance will likely need the return from suspension of super striker Wayne Rooney as it seems certain they will need to win the last group game against Ukraine if they are going to progress to the next round of Euro 2012. If Rooney can score and help England to a win against Ukraine, then who knows they will have done better than expected plus with shrewd tactician Roy Hodgson at the helm he may be able to get the team to raise their game and push them through to the semi finals of Euro 2012.
England Hold Out For a Draw Against France 1-1…