Decent Display By England – Good 1-1 Draw With France


England drew 1-1 with France in the Ukraine today,  after taking the lead in the first half.

Yohan Cabaye challenges Danny Welbeck

And we’re sure Roy Hodgson and the England players would have taken that before this game, in which the England defense looked strong and well organized.

England went ahead through Jolean Lescott after 30 minutes with a nice header from the Manchester City center-back, but nine minutes later it was Samir Nasri who equalized for France, and the opposition had much of the ball tonight, with England defending for large portions of this game.

The game started with each side carefully probing at the opposition, and then after 15 minutes former Newcastle winger should really have scored, when a great through pass saw him round the goalkeeper, but he hit his shot wide of a gaping goal – a bad miss by the England winger, who has never scored an International goal for England.

Then a few minutes later Yohan Cabaye, who was looking good in midfield for France, had an excellent shot that goalkeeper Joe Hart had to save well, low to his left.

And then England went ahead after 30 minutes, and they seemed to show the weakness of France’s central defense, and a perfect cross from captain Steven Gerrard from a free-kick,  was headed in by Jolean Lescott from just four yards out – a bad goal for France to concede.

And now could England maintain their lead, and after 35 minutes Joe Hart made fantastic save from a header from Diarra, and then in the follow-up Diarra headed the ball wide,  when he really should have scored.

But after 39 minutes France were level, and it was another Manchester City player – this time Samir Nasri – who scored.

Samir got the ball about 30 yards out, but the England defenders were slow to close him down, and his shot beat Joe Hart low to his right – but it looked like Hart should have done  better, although he may have been unsighted.

Jolean Lescott heads in Steven Gerrard cross from four yards out

At the half it was 1-1,  with France starting to come more into the game and attacking England,  and the England players playing too deep.

There were no  changes made at the start of the second half, and on 49 minutes James Milner gave a suicidal pass back to Joe Hart,  who just got to the ball ahead of an intervening French player – a bit of a let-off for England.

On 65 minutes the ever dangerous Benzema had a good shot on goal, which Joe Hart saved well down to his right,  but at this stage France had been out-shooting England by 11 -2,  which gives you an idea about who was trying to win this game and who were trying not to lose it.

On 77 minutes Hodgson made a double change, with Jermain Defoe coming on for Oxlade-Chamnberlain who had done quite well, and former Sunderland  midfielder Jordan Henderson came on for former Newcastle midfielder Scotty Parker.

On 81 minutes Yohan Cabye had a terrific shot, which was going in just inside the pose, but the ball was deflected by an England defender for a corner.

And then France made a double change on 84 minutes ,  with Newcastle star Ben Arfa  coming on for Malouda,  and Martin coming on for Yohan Cabaye.

As England supporters, we were happy enough that the Newcastle winger had been introduced so late in the game, because he’s a potential match-winner if ever we saw one, and that’s exactly what the English commentators said when the skillful Frenchman  came on.

England were seeing out this game, and it was obvious from the time wasting towards the end, that England were very happy with the point, and in truth it was a solid performance from England,  in a game they just couldn’t lose.

But they will need to show more attacking prowess against Sweden and the Ukraine,  in the last two games of  Group D.

Cabaye had a good game tonight, and Mathieu Debuchy looked more than decent at right back for the French.

Note to Alan Pardew – sign him up!

Comments welcome.



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159 comments so far

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #1

    From last post

    Elia definitely would be a good signing if the fee was right. I really hope we can agree a deal with Lille for Debuchy soon as the lad was superb for France tonight.

    On the England vs France; that’s the most entertaining England have played since beating Germany 5-1 in 2001. Still got dominated in the 2nd half though!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #2

    More minutes for henderson than HBA 🙄

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Patrick Viera is spot on: Blanc was too defensive and waited ages before bringing on the more attack-minded Martin and Ben Arfa.

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  • hotdog

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought Ashley young would be our secret weapon. Just goes to show what I know he hardly got a kick! Welbeck our mom for me.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #5

    nxt game HBA for Malouda from start

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  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Dennis Wise just said on my telecast that Cabaye isn’t a world class player…

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #7

    We need to get either Debuchy or Cissokho, Marvin Martin and Giroud signed up.

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  • hotdog

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #8

    If somebody sees the little short arse prick will they stick the nut on him!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Cabaye is good enough, but I think I would start Martin next game. Ben Arfa should also start ahead of Malouda. A bit surprised Mbiwa didn’t make it.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10

    England played well in the first half but where a little disappointing in the second but a draw against the French is very good. As for France, Blanc seems clueless. He takes Cabaye off who was one of the best players for France and then brings on HBA with 5 minutes to go. What does Blanc expect two offensive players to do with minutes to go especially when the rest of the French team are tired with the heat and the graft they have already done? Never mind, i did England a favour in the end. Great goals by both Lescott and Nasri. Chamberlain is a quality little player and Arsenal a lucky to have him.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Ohahdembaba who gives a fcuk what tge little sh1t thinks he thought xisco was a world class player worth £60k a week!

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  • tomtoon7

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Welbeck played well,young needs 2improve but i’ll take draw,important not 2 get beat. Great 2see Cabaye(my Mrs dreamboat)playin well.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Dennis Wise is a poisonous little rat that should have been given a kicking years ago. He is mr EGO.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #14

    May be according to wise, henderson is better than cabaye.

    after all he is a wise man

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  • tomtoon7

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Dennis wise is a top class prick,he wouldnt know a beardo from a WEIRDO(Tho who would),after all didnt e bring xisco into the Toon!

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  • cyprus

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #16

    England played a chelsea…

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #17

    No… no they didn’t…

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  • cyprus

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #18

    At least my bet won

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  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh and another statement of his “France don’t have world class quality across the midfield”

    Poor bastard

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  • Klatoon

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #20

    This Debuchy thing is portugal RB Miguel and Euro 2004 all over again. If he also ends up at Valencia…i’ll laugh outta rage 🙂

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Cabye isn’t a world class player though. Not by my definition anyway. World class in my book eans one of the top few players in that position in the world.

    Let’s be serious here: if he was, he wouldn’t be played for us…

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Cabaye* means*

    doh.

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  • Beardo

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Tomtoon

    Back in your box schoolboy. Brush up on your English, it’s appalling. I know you’re trying in your latest post, but it’s still below par. Some of our overseas fans write more proficiently than you; embarrassing really, undermines your whole ‘contribution’ – just some friendly advice 😉

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  • Beardo

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Time to settle down and cast an eye over Elm now!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 11, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah Miguel and Seitaridis. Debuchy has just made Danny Simpson look like a non-league player. What an engine and sense of flair Debuchy has.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Just goes to show that Dennis Wise knows f all… What did Carr say about Cabaye again?

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  • Spellcheck

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Beardo, i’m an avid fan of this blog but your belittling of fellow fans is a disgrace,you truly have a high opinion of yourself. I teach english but i dont comprehend why you feel the need to be such a cock(pardon me ed). Get over your egotistical ways.. please sir. UP THE TOON!!

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Loadsacomments about how Woy is a dull and uninspiring manager. Maybe, just maybe, the players are mostly journeymen and lack class.
    Wonder what the bindippers will do without Gerrard who is world class but also looking more and more burnt out.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Beardo,
    Who the fu*k do you think you are ?

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Yay!!

    The blog is returning to it’s former glory!

    You bitches

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  • rswaz90

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Ketsbaia9, less of the Simmo hating mate, he’s still a top RB.
    Your right though Debuchy looked class, did think that he had to be careful as to how much time he was spending upfield though – he was caught out a few time on the break from England. Still well worth his signature

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Anybody watching the Ukraine game??

    The boy at LW looks a bit special Konoplyanka. Their CB Khacheridi looks beast.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #33

    handbags at dawn again ?

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  • Beardo

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #34

    JFA

    Not Peter Beardsley, poppet!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Beattie have missed the first half how have tiovonen and elm been playing??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Beardo,
    You don’t happen to be a pompous git doing a law degree in Belfast who because of a good education thinks he’s a cut above everybody else?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Ah chris waddle fcuking legend!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Bloody hell schevchenko! Forgot he even exsisted!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #39

    I think England had a decent game today; they can be proud of themselfs.

    Well done England. ..i was a little bit dissapointed with the performance of France and I dont quite understand Blanc’ choice of starting formation and why so late subs. There was no time for any impact what so ever.

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  • wynsleap

    Jun 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #40

    England as usual – dull, uninspiring, predictable and totally lacking flair and imagination. There again – why change the habits of a lifetime?
    Why didn’t Hodgson bring Carroll on? The Lescott goal showed where France were vulnerable – in the air at the back.
    Walcott, Defoe and Henderson – you have to be kidding!
    The commentator said, when Parker was coming off, “that was a typical game for Parker” – yeah right – full of running around going in circles and creating zilch (just like when he played for us). Gerrard – seen better days has Stevie G.
    Cabaye had a good game in midfield and looked like he was ready to pull the trigger whenever he found space outside the box. Mobile and passed accurately throughout
    Debuchy looked excellent – don’t think we’ll get him now if he hasn’t already been tied up by us. What was Pardew waiting for?

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