England goal hero Joleon Lescott praised the resilience of Roy Hodgson's side in opening their Euro 2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against France in Donetsk.

Lescott put England ahead after half an hour only for his Manchester City team-mate Samir Nasri to salvage a point with an equaliser nine minutes later. But England showed plenty of determination and organisational qualities to collect a vital point ahead of matches with Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine.

Lescott said: "It was a really good collective performance. It was a really hard game to start off with. We had to be organised and you know what you get with an English team. There will be plenty of pride and passion but I think we also looked good going forward and we can build on this."

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