England's poor finishing and inability to close out games at major tournaments has been laid bare by one damning statistic highlighted in the wake of a 1-1 draw with Russia.
Roy Hodgson's team were in control for large sections of the game against their Euro 2016 opponents but, despite taking the lead through a fine Eric Dier free-kick, failed to see out the victory with Vasili Berezutski scoring a last-gasp leveller for Russia.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, many fans were critical of England's failure to score a second killer goal, which would have undoubtedly seen off a Russia side that rarely threatened to find the back of the net until that late header.
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However, rather than push forward for a second, Hodgson opted to take a more defensive approach, with James Milner and Jack Wilshere brought on late in the game in place of Raheem Sterling and Wayne Rooney while Jamie Vardy remained on the bench.
And England's inability to find that second goal proved costly yet again though, given their recent record, that could hardly have been a massive surprise to Three Lions fans.
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A Damning Record
Since the knockout phase of the 2006 World Cup, England have played in 14 games at major tournaments – the European Championship and World Cup – but have only scored more than one goal on just one occasion.
The one and only time in that near-10-year period that England did manage to score more than once was in a 3-2 victory over Sweden at Euro 2016.
On nine other occasions, England have managed just one goal and have gone on to win just three of those games, drawing three and losing three. They failed to even find the net in four other games.
Conclusions For England
It is a record that suggests, to all intents and purposes, that England may be better served by pushing for a second goal rather than resting on their laurels after taking a one goal lead.
With Wales to come next week, Hodgson may want his England charges to push on rather than settle should they find themselves in front against Gareth Bale's team.
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