England was impressive against Russia but were not clinical enough upfront amidst substitution/Selection conundrum.
After England’s impressive display in the qualifiers, all eyes were on them as they face Russia in their first game of the competition. There were uproars from fans and analysts when the England lineup was revealed. while some were saying the starting team wasn’t strong enough, others were saying it was okay.
England started the game with full strength and vim as they threatened the Russian defence with numerous attempts but not to no avail. The first half ended in a bore draw as England managed 8 shots, while Russia managed just 1.
The second half started pretty well as Russia seemed to have waken from their slumber as they managed to possess the ball for some period of time. England continued with their chances creation and attempts but still couldn’t finish it up.
England got their first goal in the closing minutes of the game with a sublime freekick from Tottenham star, Eric Dier who slots the ball in the top left corner. All things seemed okay and that prompted the England head coach Roy Hodgson to make certain changes to the game; Wilshere replaced Wayne Rooney and Milner replaced sterling.
Russia grabbed a late equaliser with a great header from Vasili Berezutski who lobbed Joe Hart on 90th minute.
Goal scorer, Eric Dier revealed his disappointment in the press conference, “It’s disappointing because we were so close to an important win in our first game.” he said. The Spurs star also added that he’d prefer another player scoring and them winning than him scoring and getting a draw.
Roy Hodgson was also disappointed with the “last minute goal” and urged his players to forget about it, “I’m feeling the same emotions as the players. To say we’re bitterly disappointed is an understatement.” he said.
England still have never once won the opening game of a major tournament