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England boss Hodgson: I'm happy with draw

England coach Roy Hodgson was satisfied with their 1-1 draw against France in their opening Euros game.

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott nodded home the opener in the 30th minute only for Samir Nasri to beat Joe Hart at the near post with a fine strike nine minutes later.

Hodgson was pleased with his side's defensive performance and felt they could have taken all three points.

"France don't panic in the final third so you have to be very disciplined in your defending," he said. "To finish 1-1 and ask the questions of them that we did, I've got to be happy.

"We kept them at bay and there weren't that many situations in front of our goal where I was panicking in any way.

"And there were a few situations in their third where we would have scored a second goal with a bit of luck."

Hodgson refused to criticise the display of referee Nicola Rizzoli.

"The referee did OK. It's foolish to start commenting on the referee's performance," he said. "Sometimes you'll get a bit of luck, sometimes not.

"I know that Steven (Gerrard) was aggrieved not to get a free-kick, but the referee was fair to both sides. It wasn't one-sided."

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