England’s wait for victory in a European Championship opener goes on.
On what was a promising but ultimately disappointing night in Marseille, Eric Dier seemed to have scored the winner when he rifled a free-kick past Igor Akinfeev in the 73rd minute.
However, despite showing little threat throughout the 90 minutes, Russia managed to secure a point with Vasili Berezutski’s header looping over Joe Hart at the death.
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Roy Hodgson’s substitutions have since been scrutinised, but one player was a particular source of frustration amongst England fans: Raheem Sterling.
The Manchester City winger looked lively throughout but delivered little, often running into dead ends and providing poor crosses.
And yet, Sterling was somehow awarded an 8/10 match rating by former England caretaker manager Peter Taylor, per Sky Sports.
Put simply, fans were far from impressed with Taylor’s verdict. See below for how Twitter reacted.
There were positives to take from England’s performance, of course.
Wayne Rooney performed well in central midfield; Dier was solid in front of the back four and capped a fine display with his rasping free-kick; Kyle Walker and Danny Rose added plenty going forward and defended well; and Adam Lallana’s work rate on the right was superb.
Nevertheless, Hodgson’s men can afford no less than victory against Wales when they meet on Thursday.
Gareth Bale and co secured an historic victory over Slovakia and will head into the clash confident they can take at least a point against England.
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