Gerrard content with draw
England captain Steven Gerrard was satisfied after his side launched their Euro 2012 campaign with an encouraging 1-1 draw with France in Donetsk.
Joleon Lescott nodded home the opener in the 31st minute only for Samir Nasri to beat Joe Hart at the near post with a fine strike nine minutes later.
England tired in the second half, but they held France out to secure a point from their Group D opener.
"We would have been delighted with a win but as you saw tonight France have got fantastic players," Gerrard told ITV1.
"We caused them as many problems as they caused us so we're satisfied with the performance.
"But we said before the game that win, lose or draw we wouldn't get carried away and that this was just a platform.
"It's great to get off the mark points-wise."