Roy Hodgson following England's draw with Russia.

Roy Hodgson to blame for England's draw with Russia

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England have never won their opening fixture in a European Championships prior to Saturday's game with Russia, and thanks to 92nd minute equalizer from Russian captain Vasili Berezutski, that trend continues.

With everyone unsure of what system Roy Hodgson was going to play, he opted to play 4-3-3, with the captain Wayne Rooney being deployed in central midfield, and Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling down the flanks, with Harry Kane up front.

The first-half performance for England was very positive, they played attacking football and the Russians looked unable to cope. In the second half, however, it was a slightly different story, as Russia began to have the better of the game, that was until Eric Dier scored a wonderful free kick to give Hodgson's side the lead.


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It appeared that England would hold on for the three points, until the 92nd minute, when Georgi Shchennikov floated the ball into the box for Berezutski to score with a looping header into the far corner.

After assessing the game and the dropped points, many England fans will probably feel there were two key errors from Hodgson that cost the three points.

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Most England fans would of been scratching their heads throughout the game, as for some obscure reason, Kane was taking corners.

Instead of the 6ft 2" striker, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, being in the penalty area trying to grab himself a goal, he was stood out in no mans land taking corner kicks. This is a matter that must be addressed before the matches against Wales and Slovakia.

Wayne Rooney was one of the standout performers during the game on Saturday. He pulled the strings in midfield, he completed some key passes, and also had a few good attempts on goal.

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Once Dier scored, Hodgson immediately took off Rooney and brought on Jack Wilshere in his place. Understandably he wanted to try and see the game out, but with only a one goal lead, to take off your best player is ludicrous.

Although it was only England's opening fixture, surely Hodgson has to think about what changes he needs to make prior to their next game against Wales on Thursday.

Did Roy Hodgson make tactical errors during the Russia game? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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