Joey Barton blames England substitutions for Russia draw

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England fans were quick to criticise Roy Hodgson following the national team's 1-1 draw against Russia.

The Three Lions had dominated the game and should have been out of sight by the time Vasili Berezutski's looping header earned Russia an unlikely point.

When Eric Dier gave England the lead with an excellent second-half free-kick, Hodgson had a big decision to make. Did he throw on a striker and take advantage of a tiring Russian defence or did he bring on some defensive players and try and hold on to the slender lead?


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He chose the latter, bringing off Wayne Rooney for Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling for James Milner. Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford watched on from the bench.

And it seems no one was more baffled than opinionated midfielder Joey Barton. The newly signed Glasgow Rangers star is more famous for his tweets than his football these days and used that reputation to let his opinion be known.

Barton's blame

It is clear Barton is blaming Hodgson for not taking advantage of what he described as an "average" Russian team and claimed it was "two points dropped" for England. He did, however, say that he still expects England to win the group.

He wrote: "England's problem is not the players they played well tonight. It's the coaches and manager so so negative with substitutions.

"Game was crying out for Vardy. Should have been on after 1st goal when Russia had to attack. To stretch them and put game to bed.

"That is an average Russian side at best. 2 points dropped tonight. Should still win the group."


A win would have almost guaranteed England a passage into the next round of the competition but now they must go into the game against Wales under intense pressure to win. 

Gareth Bale helped Wales to a 2-1 win over Slovakia earlier in the day, meaning Chris Coleman's men now lead the group.

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