Barton, Ferdinand and Owen: Twitter reacts to England draw

England produce a dogged display to earn a 1-1 draw with France in their Euro 2012 opener, prompting an avalanche of Tweets

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Owen (right) was impressed by England's battling display against France Michael Owen / Twitter

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Michael Owen praised England’s performance against France after Roy Hodgson’s side battled to a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2012 Group D opener on Monday.

Joleon Lescott gave England a first-half lead which was cancelled out by Samir Nasri before the interval, and the Three Lions’ display was generally well received on Twitter.

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany ‏(@VincentKompany) is disappointed with the turnout: “Can’t believe the stadium is not sold out! #Euro2012”

Euro 2000 winner Patrick Vieira (‏@OfficialVieira) excels in his City ambassadorial role: “I hope Joe Hart, James Milner and @JoleonLescott do well today, but I’m sure you understand that I’m supporting France.”

England legend Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) gives Milner some finishing tuition after midfielder’s first half miss: “Rule 17b: When you go past the goalkeeper always aim beyond the far post.”

Everton captain Phil Neville ‏(@fizzer18) sees France’s weakness after the Milner opportunity: “What a chance – get the ball into the forwards – Philippe Mexes is a disaster waiting to happen!!”

Former Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby ‏(@hucks6dh6) heaps praise on England’s captain after Lescott’s goal: “What a ball from Steven Gerrard #euro12”

But comedian Jack Whitehall ‏(@jackwhitehall) refuses to get carried away: “Did that remind anyone else of a certain Frank Lampard header in a Euros game v France #don’twanttotemptfate”

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko (‏@EdDzeko) is impressed by Hart’s save from Alou Diarra: “England has finally got a great goalkeeper, respect Joe Hart.”

Ex-West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop (‏@ShakaHislop) agrees: “Can’t remember the last time I sat at home watching football and broke out in to applause. Bravo Joe Hart!”

Minutes later, Samir Nasri scores, but Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel (‏@Pschmeichel1) defends Hart’s part in France’s leveller: “Idiot commentator, ‘Hart can’t be beaten at the near post’ – what does he know…? It was a great strike and that’s it!”

Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand ‏(@rioferdy5) is impressed by England’s performance at half-time: “Keep doing what we are doing and we will nick another. The French back four are disjointed, not in touch with their midfield, get at them!”

However, as England drop deeper, ex-Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris ‏(@morriskid) feels the Three Lions are becoming too negative: “Too deep after our goal for me – can’t do that for too long as we just inviting pressure.”

Ex-City goalkeeper Ian Taylor ‏(@IanTaylor7) can see Roy Hodgson’s side are struggling: “We look tired now. Tired as we don’t keep the ball well enough. @SamNasri19 and Franck Ribery just play where they want with beast Alou Diarra sitting.”

Meanwhile, Will Carling ‏(@willcarling) is infuriated by Ribery’s dramatic dive after contact from Glen Johnson: “Ribery get up!! How bloody dramatic can u get.#comeonengland”

Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright ‏(@Mark__Bright) is content with the result: “Hard fought 1-1 for #England, I think Roy will be annoyed at the Nasri’s goal, our work rate was excellent, our creativity limited.”

Ex-England striker Michael Owen (‏@themichaelowen) is pleased too: “Definitely take that. It was important not to get beaten today. Five points should get you out of our Group.”

Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell (‏@FraizerCampbell) believes there is more to come from England: “Not a bad start to the tournament. All about peaking at the right time! #3lions”

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan ‏(@VaughanCricket) is impressed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance both on and off the pitch: “Great to see a young sportsman play so well and then speak so well after…. #TheOx #EUR02012”

Former Wales international Robbie Savage (‏@RobbieSavage8) picks who he thinks excelled for their respective sides: “Think Debuchy has been best French player and Gerrard has led by example for England !”

Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton ‏(@Joey7Barton) was pleased with England’s defensive display but wants a change of attitude for their remaining group games: “Well done lads. Hopefully we can leave the National Express coach parked outside the stadium for the Sweden and Ukraine games!”

Finally, injured France defender Bacary Sagna ‏(@Sagnaofficial) unsurprisingly thinks his team-mates deserved to win: “Hey guys. It was a good game to watch. I think France played a better football and deserved to win.”

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