Roy Hodgson's side battled their way to a deserved draw as they defended with great discipline and frustrated France for long periods during the game.
Laurent Blanc's side, one of the form sides in the competition and unbeaten in 21 games, were firm favourites to take all three points against Hodgson's fledgling side—the second youngest in the competition behind Germany.
But it was the former West Brom manager who will probably be happiest, as his team were disciplined throughout his first competitive game as England manager.
There are obvious improvements to be made—England were poor in possession—but they held their new shape well, 4-2-3-1, and a number of players put in key defensive displays.
John Terry, as ever, was key at centre-half and organised his team mates brilliantly as Jolean Lescott put in, quite possibly, his best-ever display in an England shirt. Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson were both comfortable in the full-back positions.
To add to that defensive platform, Steven Gerrard had the most disciplined performance of his 93- game England career. Scott Parker, making his 14th cap, was equally as important.
Up front, England were industrious without ever being brilliant, but Roy Hodgson must be delighted in the platform that seems to be in place for the return of Wayne Rooney against Ukraine.
The result was better than the performance. After a build up that threatened to derail their hopes before they even started, optimism has returned for Hodgson and England.
Here we look at the heroes and zeroes in England's 1-1 draw against France.