Patrice Evra believes England followed Chelsea's example in order to collect a Euro 2012 point against France on Monday night.
Les Bleus dominated possession, and made twice as many passes as their opponents in the Donbass Arena.
However, they were unable to find a second goal once Samir Nasri had levelled Joleon Lescott's point-blank header before half-time as England defended doggedly in Donetsk.
"We are frustrated because I think we played much better," said Manchester United star Evra. "At times it was like there were 15 bodies in front of us. It was really difficult to find space.
"People laugh but they played the way that Chelsea played against Barcelona.
"Maybe the fans want England to play more football but if they win the tournament like that, they will be happy."
Nasri was crowned man-of-the-match by UEFA for an excellent overall display.
The Manchester City midfielder was barracked by England's fans, presumably for the manner of his big-money move from Arsenal last summer.
It triggered a reaction from Nasri after his goal, where he put a finger to his lips in a silencing gesture, although manager Laurent Blanc was unaware of why.
"That's between him and his detractors," said the France coach. "That is something personal.
"There are individual and personal reactions. These are things we don't always expect.
"I think Samir was happy to score a goal and play a good game. You'd have to ask him who he was directing that (gesture) to."
Meanwhile, Nasri revealed he deceived City team-mate Joe Hart in order to score his goal.
"When Franck Ribery gave me the ball, the England defence was really low (sitting back)," said Nasri.
"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."
Although Nasri was disappointed France only collected a point, he accepts it is already a vast improvement on the debacle that unfolded in South Africa two years ago.
Laurent Blanc's men have taken their unbeaten run to 22 games and are in good heart ahead of a meeting with co-hosts Ukraine in Donetsk on Friday.
"We are making a lot of progress," he said. "We have come from nothing in 2010, when we made a lot of mistakes.
"Today we are more mature. We can do something with this group."
Nasri played down the massive ice-pack he had strapped to his knee, insisting it was "nothing serious".
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what do you think?
England have no idea how to man mark. As with the Belgian game, the French players had acres of space while waiting to be passed the ball. Tighter marking needed.
Here we go, criticism and negativity. No wonder we never win anything. Try looking at the positives, we defended very well and took a point against a very good side.
I agree with gregg and i dont care if we win our next 5 games 1-0 if we do we r euro champsi dont think we really looked like conceding a 2nd goal but if u think we r on same points as spain and a point better off than holland
you guys did you hear the commentaters on the tv moaning about the referee just coz we didnt win typical england always looking for a way out,if we lose this euros its because we had a new manager excuses is what makes england,england
Oh patrice who gonna remember chelsea parked the bus in 20 years time- no one they will just remember chelsea won it, horrible little man
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So thats why I saw Louis Suarez buying a bus the other day, well I didnt, but im sure Evra would have blamed him anyway.
This is England we are talking about here, not some small little country fighting above its weight, England ! Now if you English fans are happy with two 1-0 wins against such powerhouses such as Belgium and Norway, and a draw against France, then so be it, can you see the Spanish, German or Dutch teams being happy with drab boring results like these? England should be winning these things, not just being happy due to the fact they didnt lose.
Sour grapes Patrice Evra, sour grapes! The French team weren't good enough to break down England's defense. End of story.