England frustrated by technically superior French

Wilting in the heat and technically inferior to the French,

England escaped with a draw from their European Championship

opener.

And France, with the flair and guile England lacked for most of

the match, will be ruing a missed opportunity.

After the 1-1 draw, France coach Laurent Blanc said the ”side

that played the most football was France.”

Statistics showed England had less than 40 percent of possession

in Donetsk in what was largely a containment exercise, relying on

the brute force of central midfielders Steven Gerrard and Scott

Parker to block the French attacks.