England 1-1 France: 5 Things Learned from Three Lions in the Opening Game Draw

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England 1-1 France: 5 Things Learned from Three Lions in the Opening Game Draw
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Roy Hodgson’s first competitive game in charge of England earned an acceptable result as the Three Lions drew 1-1 to France to open their Euro 2012 campaign. The defensive-minded approach worked for Hodgson’s side, as they kept the French at bay for the better part of the game.

England opened the scoring against the run of play with a well-placed Steven Gerrard free kick that found the head of Joleon Lescott, who turned it home. But that score would be canceled out less than 10 minutes later, as Samir Nasri’s low, hard shot caught Joe Hart flatfooted.

There were many unenthusiastic lulls throughout the match, with play mostly in the English half and France kicking it in every direction buy toward goal. You could sense the trepidation from both sides, not willing to risk losing on a momentary lapse of judgment.

The steady pace was enough for both sides today, but certainly has to change if either wants to make a run deeper in the tournament.

Here are five things we learned from the match.

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