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Euro 2016: Russia v England player ratings

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England were held to a frustrating draw against Russia in Marseille this evening as the Three Lions got their Euro 2016 campaign underway.

Eric Dier curled a free-kick past Igor Akinfeev after 73 minutes to open the scoring for England, only for Vasili Berezutski to loop a header past Joe Hart late on to secure a point.

Check out how England's stars rated below:

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Joe Hart - 6.5: Busier in the second half than in the first, a few issues with distribution but otherwise a solid performance. That was until the very end, where he could have done much better for the goal, then almost lost his head after that.

Danny Rose - 8: - One of England's brightest performers; not only did he roam forward with freedom but he also made one or two timely defensive contributions. Outjumped for Russia's equaliser, but not much he could have done there.

Gary Cahill - 7: Had his hands full with trying to marshall the 6ft 5" Artem Dzyuba alongside Chris Smalling, and showed a little naivety to get the wrong side of his man to pick up a booking. Competent performance on the whole, though.

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Chris Smalling - 7: There were a few doubts about Smalling after his red card in the FA Cup final for Manchester United, and while tonight won't completely silence all of his critics, he showed there's nothing for England to worry about at the back.

Kyle Walker - 8.5 (MOTM): Both Spurs' full-backs had nights to remember, but perhaps Walker just edges ahead of Rose in terms of his overall performance.He was one of England's most dangerous weapons all night, showed creativity in attack and diligence in defence, and ran his heart out.

Eric Dier - 8: England's hero. After so many missed chances from England, the Spurs man stepped up with supreme confidence to curl in a superb free-kick from 20 yards out. Once the ball had been placed down, it was only ever going to end up into the net. Outstanding effort.

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Wayne Rooney - 8: There were a few raised eyebrows at Roy Hodgson's decision to deploy Rooney in midfield, but the England boss was justified pretty early on. Although the Man Utd man's exuberance meant he was often out of position, anything England did well came through him. His passing was excellent, as was his work-rate.

Adam Lallana - 7.5: A constant source of creativity, the Liverpool man popped up in space regularly and distributed the ball very well indeed. The only thing missing was a clinical finish, and he should have done better when Walker and Rooney combined to tee him up in the box in the first half.

Dele Alli - 7.5: Alli was forced to miss the end of the regular season because of suspension, and while he wasn't back to his very best tonight, there were enough eye-catching moments to excite England fans. The Spurs man grew into the game and should continue that upward trend throughout the tournament.

Raheem Sterling - 6: Sterling started brightly and looked a threat down the left-hand side in the first half, but after that he cut a frustrated figure and his influence on the game waned. Many fans were left surprised he wasn't hooked for Jamie Vardy. Subbed for James Milner at the end.

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Harry Kane - 7: If only Kane was a few inches taller he could have had a few goals for himself. The Spurs striker tried his best to influence the game and put the ball in the net (albeit from an offside position) but tonight wasn't his night, through no fault of his own. Fear not though, his time will come.

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Jack Wilshere - 6: Wilshere looked lively after coming on for Rooney, and looked a threat going forward. A more advanced role suits the Arsenal man.

James Milner - NA: Entered the fray with four minutes to go and had no time to influence proceedings. 

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Jack Wilshere
Euro 2016
England Football
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Joe Hart
Raheem Sterling

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