Wednesday 21 February 2018

Euro 2012: Joleon Lescott tells England teammates that hard work has just begun

ENGLAND goal hero Joleon Lescott warned England they still have plenty of hard work ahead to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after holding group favourites France to a 1-1 draw in Donetsk.

Lescott gave England the lead after half an hour only for Manchester City team-mate Samir Nasri to level nine minutes later.

France looked more likely to snatch a second-half winner but England remained solid to secure a point and now face Sweden in Kiev on Friday as well as host nation Ukraine on Tuesday in Donetsk.

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 were one of the favourites to win the competition, never mind our group."

Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Patrice Evra believes England followed Chelsea's example in order to collect a Euro 2012 point against France last night.

Les Bleus dominated possession, and made twice as many passes as their opponents in the Donbass Arena.

However, they were unable to find a second goal once Samir Nasri had levelled Joleon Lescott's point-blank header before half-time as England defended doggedly.

"We are frustrated because I think we played much better," said Evra.

"At times it was like there were 15 bodies in front of us. It was really difficult to find space.

"People laugh but they played the way that Chelsea played against Barcelona.

"Maybe the fans want England to play more football but if they win the tournament like that, they will be happy."

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