England’s best chance of beating France was to sit back and defend, a strategy Chelsea of the English Premier League used to capture the Champions League title last month. Scott Heavey/Getty Images Samir Nasri (l.) beats England’s Steven Gerrard and later keeper Joe Hart for France’s lone goal in their opener against England Monday. England has played just two friendlies with Hodgson in charge, and he appears to be building toward the 2014 World Cup by using a younger lineup featuring 22-year-old Danny Welbeck, who replaced Rooney, and 18-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was making his third appearance for England. Join the Conversation:
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