After all the anticipation the tournament finally kicked off for England.
England dominated the first half and should have scored a few times. Rooney was particularly impressive in his new deeper role.
In the second half we finally made the breakthrough after many attempts and it was scored by an unlikely player. Eric Dier surpringly stepped up for the free kick after Harry Kane had blasted all the others over and brilliantly curled it in to put us ahead and send everyone crazy!
We then frustratingly sat back and tried to hold onto the lead which invited pressure whereas we should have gone for the second goal and killed off the game.
Vardy should have come off the bench and tested Russia’s slow defence as well as Rashford or Sturridge but instead Hodgson decided to bring on Milner and others to keep it safe. This backfired as in added time Russia did a hit and hope ball into the box and got an undeserved equaliser with a looping header.
So the game ended 1-1 which was very annoying given the impressive way in which we had played. With Wales beating Slovakia in the afternoon game it meant the match between the home nations would be all the more important.