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The Manchester City midfielder scored the equaliser with a low powerful effort from outside the box, and stressed that les Bleus are a more mature team

France playmaker Samir Nasri has hinted that he fooled England goalkeeper Joe Hart, when he scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw on Monday.

The Manchester City man received the ball on the edge of the box and fired past his club team-mate at the near post to bring Les Bleus on level terms before half-time after Joleon Lescott gave the Three Lions the lead in the 30th minute.

France controlled much of the possession, with Nasri a constant threat to Roy Hodgson's defence and he is confident that his team will progress to the next round of the tournament.

"It was important not to lose. We have made much progress," he told reporters after the draw.

"We are more mature. And we want to do something with this generation.

"Now, we need to focus on the next [match]. I am confident in our ability to qualify for [the] quarter-finals."

The 24-year-old commented on his goal, hinting that he was able to fool the England keeper by beating him at his near post, rather than opening up body to take the shot.

[Franck] Ribery gave me the ball. The English defence was slow to close me down so I had time to hit it. And as Joe Hart knows me well, I decided not to open up my foot as usual."

France's next Group D game is against Ukraine on Friday at the Donbass Arena.