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Nasri the trickster

  • 12 June 2012 07:26
  • Posted by Chris Eccles

After an England v France draw was dominated by players from Manchester City, we take a closer look at what the press has to say about the goal scorers from the Etihad.

At the Donbass Arena in Donetsk Joleon Lescott and Samir Nasri were on the scoresheet in the England vs France Group D opener.

The Express say that Nasri was able to trick City keeper Joe Hart by using their familiarity as a weapon and taking a different than usual approach to shooting. Nasri explained,

"I decided to take a shot but Joe Hart knows me from Manchester City and knows that in that situation, I normally open my foot. This time I closed it a little bit so I am happy with how it worked out."

Joe Hart England v France 2012

The City and England keeper took a philosophical view of being beaten by his teammate, telling the MEN,

"Samir's a clever player, we dropped off a little bit. It was a good goal and we have to concentrate on the good performance."

The Guardian report that Nasri’s 'finger to lips' goal celebration was aimed at critics in France, although Arsenal fans still unhappy with the player's transfer to City may also have been on his mind.

Joleon Lescott celecrates scoring against France

Joleon Lescott was understandably delighted with his first international goal according to Sky Sports. The City defender hailed the collective effort of the England team and said of his powerful headed goal,


It is always nice to score and this was extra special. It is the sort of goal you dream about. But the delivery was of such good quality that it made it easy to hit the target.


...Joleon Lescott...

Joleon also warned that there are tough games ahead for the England team and that games against Sweden and Ukraine should not be taken lightly.

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