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Hodgson encouraged by battling draw

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England boss Roy Hodgson insisted his side remained a work in progress after a battling 1-1 Euro 2012 draw with France in Donetsk.

Joleon Lescott put the Three Lions ahead with a header from point-blank range after half an hour but Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri levelled before the break - forcing England onto the back foot for most of the second period. However, France were unable to break their defences a second time, allowing Hodgson's side to collect what could turn out to be a valuable point.

"I've had three games," he said. "I am satisfied with those three games but you don't become a really good team in three matches and 10 training sessions. The French have gone 22 games unbeaten. They've not done that overnight. The longer we play together, the better we'll become too."

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