Euro 2012: England player ratings against France

Danny Welbeck playing against France

England drew 1-1 against France in their opening game of Euro 2012 at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk.

Joleon Lescott put England in front with a header from a Steven Gerrard free-kick, before Samir Nasri equalised with a 20-yard strike.

It was Roy Hodgson's first competitive match in charge of England since his appointment as coach and the result was a decent one against a France side which have been revitalised under coach Laurent Blanc.

Here are my England player ratings for the Group D match.

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JOE HART (GOALKEEPER) - 7

Seven out of 10

Guy's view: "Apart from one uncharacteristic fumble early on, as assured and confident as ever. No chance with the goal. Important late save from deflected Benzema shot."

Did you know? Hart made five saves during the game.

GLEN JOHNSON (RIGHT-BACK) - 7

Seven out of 10

Guy's view: "Defensively sound for most of the game. Got in to cover centre-backs superbly with nick away from Benzema's toes. Positive on rare sorties forward."

Did you know? Had the most touches of any England player with 72.

JOHN TERRY (CENTRAL DEFENCE) - 7

Seven out of 10

Guy's view: "Did his job well and typically strong in the air. Full concentration throughout. Hard to think of a mistake."

Did you know? Made 42 passes, the third most of any England player.

JOLEON LESCOTT (CENTRAL DEFENCE) - 7

Seven out of 10

Guy's view: "Got in to head England in front with his first international goal. Good with defensive work and tackling, but perhaps distribution questionable at times."

Did you know? Scored his first England goal on his 17th appearance.

ASHLEY COLE (LEFT-BACK) - 7

Seven out of 10

Guy's view: "England's most reliable defender - and maybe even their best for a long time now. No concerns with him."

Did you know? This was Ashley Cole's 19th appearance in a major final tournament, drawing level with Michael Owen.

JAMES MILNER (RIGHT MIDFIELD) - 6

Six out of 10

Guy's view: "Superb energy levels as you would expect every time. Got through loads of work. Fluffed his big chance to score at 0-0 though."

Did you know? Milner lost possession 13 times during the match, the equal most times of any England player.

STEVEN GERRARD (CENTRAL MIDFIELD) - 7

Seven out of 10

Guy's view: "Some good attempts to play the killer ball through the French defence - but guilty of trying to force it too often, rather than keep the ball. Excellent defensively in terms of tackling and blocking."

Did you know? 83.8% of his 37 passes were successful.

SCOTT PARKER (CENTRAL MIDFIELD) - 7

Seven out of 10

Guy's view: "Got better as the game progressed and thwarted any number of attacks with timely tackles. A real nuisance for the skilful France attacking quartet. Looked surprised to be subbed."

Did you know? Made the most passes of any England player with 48.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (LEFT MIDFIELD) - 6

Six out of 10

Guy's view: "A few signs of early nerves and looked the raw talent that he is. Left the impression that this could be a big tournament for him as he settles in. He just might be a threat."

ASHLEY YOUNG (FORWARD) - 6

Six out of 10

Guy's view: "Linked up with Welbeck nicely in the early stages but faded from the game. Didn't drop back to help out the midfield as much as he perhaps needed to."

Did you know? Eleven of his 16 passes were successful.

DANNY WELBECK (FORWARD) - 8

Eight out of 10

Guy's view: "Star performer right from the start. Looks completely at home in international football at the highest level. Not just a good touch, but puts the work in too."

Did you know? Despite holding the ball up well, he did not have a shot at goal.

ENGLAND SUBSTITUTES

Jermain Defoe 77 mins (for Oxlade-Chamberlain), Jordan Henderson 78 mins (for Parker), Theo Walcott 90 mins (for Welbeck) - no rating because none were on the field long enough to make an impact.

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