Evra hits out at England approach

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Patrice Evra believes France did more than enough to secure all three points against England in their Euro 2012 clash last night, accusing the Three Lions of being overly negative and replicating Chelsea’s backs-to-the-wall Champions League approach.

France enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but could only manage a 1-1 draw against Roy Hodgson’s side, with Samir Nasri’s long-range effort levelling the scores after Joleon Lescott headed the opening goal after 30 minutes.

England were forced to defend deep in their own half for much of the second half in particular as Les Blues searched for a match winner, and Evra admitted he was frustrated at not seeing his side’s dominance converted into three points.

“We are frustrated because we played much better. At times it was like there were 15 bodies on us.

“It was difficult for us to find space. They played in the way that Chelsea did against Barcelona.

“But if they win it like that, they will be happy.”

The draw means both teams are still on course to make it through the knockout stages of the tournament, with England travelling to Kiev to take on Sweden, who lost to Ukraine last night, for their next group game on Friday while Laurent Blanc’s men go up against the co-hosts in Donetsk.

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