England opened their European campaign with a strong defensive performance against France earning them a precious point. England lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Hart in goal, behind Johnson, Terry, Lescot and Cole in defence. In midfield were Milner, Gerard, Parker and Oxlade-Chamberlain who supported the two strikers Ashley Young with Welbeck just ahead of him. The ‘three Lions’ organised themselves to disturb the French rhythm knowing that with players like Benzema, Ribery and Samir Nasri, the opposition were by far the stronger team. However it was the English who took the lead after half an hour thanks to their powerful centre back Joleon Lescot. Stephen Gerrard whipped in a free kick towards the back post where Lescot was unmarked to head home. The ball flew past the French keeper as the fans behind the goal rose to their feet. COME ON ENGLAND! Sadly the lead only lasted for a mere nine minutes as Nasri fired an accurate shot past the stranded Joe Hart. The rest of the game was dominated by France. However England defended like lions making France resort to long range shots. England were thankful when the full time whistle went as they knew they had secured a vital point in a difficult group.