Parker admits to England limitations
Tottenham news: Scott Parker says England must expand their play
Scott Parker has admitted England have no chance of winning Euro 2012 if they play as they did against France on Monday for the rest of the tournament, but the Tottenham midfielder says he is happy with the result against Laurent Blanc’s side.
Parker was amongst England’s best players as they defended solidly for much of the game to resist their opponents attacking flair, helping to ensure a point after Samir Nasri had levelled the scores following Joleon Lescott’s opener.
Parker, who formed a midfield partnership alongside England captain Steven Gerrard, admits England’s pragmatic approach under new manager Roy Hodgson isn’t enough to win games on a regular basis, but the Spurs man insists it was the right approach against France.
"I don't know if you can win tournaments playing like that but it's a good foundation for us," Parker told reporters. "We all put in a good shift and we got a good result. France didn't have any clear chances and we'll take the 1-1."
Both sides appeared content to take a point from the game in Donetsk, with England taking on Sweden on Friday in Kiev while France return to the Donbass Arena to take on co-hosts Ukraine.
The draw means France extend their unbeaten streak to 22 games while England remain unbeaten under Hodgson, and the England boss believes a point against such illustrious opponents represents a good day at the office.
"We played well against a top team that ask questions when coming up against you," Hodgson said. "They don't panic in the final third so we had to be disciplined. I have to be happy with the result.
"We kept them at bay and there were not many situations where I was panicking, but if we had more luck with the final ball we could have scored a second goal."