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Welcome to Marseille's magnificent stand velodrome. I'm Guy Mowbray and
joining me for commentary is Martin Keown.
COMMENTATOR: It's an England line-up that we're seeing for the first
time. So much for Roy Hodgson's overly cautious reputation, as he
selects Wayne Rooney in midfield and Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana
supporting Harry Kane. A first time in midfield together. As do O Eric
Dier and Dele Alli. The referee handled the World Cup
final. Keeping discipline is always key, especially when he's in charge,
he likes a card. Nicola Rizzoli. Not just the players who need
teamwork. Ten of Russia's side is home based, with ten coming -- with
five coming from CSKA Moscow, the title winning side. All the variants
of goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and centre backs Vasili Berezutski and
Sergey Ignashevich. Neustadter plays in Germany and was only made a
Russian citizen last month. He now plays for his ancestors's country
for only the second time. Plenty of strength on the England
bench. We haven't said that going into every tournament. Jamie Vardy
will be itching for his first big chance.
You've probably heard the facts and figures, but just to read Captain
England have never won their opening match at the European Championship.
Drawn four, lost four before today. What a difference it would make to
the shape and feel of the tournament if they could just get off to a
winning start. It's a Russian side who had a winning end to their
qualification campaign, four wins in a row to book their place in France.
Fortunes revived after saying au revoir to Fabio Capello, sounds
familiar... Joe Hart is clad in luminous Green as he tries to get
the ball up towards Harry Kane. Watching intently in these opening
exchanges, as Akinfeev comes out to deny Raheem Sterling any sort of
opportunity. Great opportunity for these young English players, and it
is a very young team. Hardly any tournament experience. It's about
dealing with that. A good start so far, though. Here goes Sterling
again. Trying to push it through for Kane but only succeeded in role in
it harmlessly to Akinfeev. Travelling with the ball well but
just needed a better pass. An area he can develop and improve. Smalling
heard the call of Joe Hart to leave that one well alone. Somehow, it's a
surprise you can hear yourself on the field but it's the din of the
wonderful Velodrome. That say Marvel in itself. Spine tingling, isn't it?
You want a... It hits you between the eyes, your very first game of
the tournament. Great atmosphere. Walker has kept that in but did not
manage to win the throw for England. Walker is playing like a winger in
this role for England, much like he does in his dean, Spurs, who he
played so well for this year. Kyle Walker, the one really big plus
point from the disappointing final warm up game against Portugal.
Forget the warm ups now, this is hot enough.
It was Harry Kane who tapped the free kick before making his way
forward. Very confident touch, away from the man closer to him who was
Fyodor Smolov. Making some good runs off the ball. There is a useful one
for Lallana, and it is Dele Alli. Couldn't get the ball down as low as
he wanted it to be. No, but he showed his intention, arriving late
but just couldn't get the shot on target. That's the kind of area he
wants to get into. He just needs to slightly improve his technique,
can't get down over the ball there. Scored on his first England start.
Only as recently as November, against France. Here's Kokorin,
Walker away. A little slip from Rooney that almost presented Russia
with a shot. Here is Dzyuba, well marshalled by Gary Cahill, keeping
tabs on the big striker, that will be an important part of England's
defensive strategy. Definitely. Smalling starting as our first
Andrew defender. Cahill with an in and out these and. They need to form
a really good partnership. -- first central defender.
Miscommunication between Rose and Sterling. Back to Akinfeev. And he
was rather over estimating the height of Georgy Schennikov with
that one. He has an awful lot of experience and even he early on
looks a bit sloppy, Akinfeev. Lallana, nice touch to get the ball
under control. Looking to find Kane. Plenty of deep red Russian shirts
back in their own penalty area. Dzyuba, we're looking at there, he's
a big lad. Cahill is going to have his hands full today. You won't get
much in the way of pace from Dzyuba,, but you do get a lot of
height and power and he gets a fair few goals. Won by Ignashevich. Nice
and easy for Joe Hart. How bizarre was that between Joe Hart and
Smalling? That all needs to calm down. We don't need that early on in
the game. Communication as well, along that back line, very important
early on. You're looking for the leaders as a young group, as we're
ready said. -- we already said. Won by Smolov. Dzyuba manages to
adjust the brakes. The run of Smolnikov down the right. Danny Rose
with him. There is Dzyuba, and importantly Eric Dier was there to
stop him from turning and firing. Smolnikov racing down the wing.
Great challenge from Danny Rose. Here's Rooney, who is hardly been on
the ball yet. This is the area where people are saying he reminds you of
Paul Scholes. I think he has more pace and he can break from there as
well. Sterling, taking a little too long to complete the task that he
wanted to achieve. Here's Walker, brilliant work from Kyle Walker,
Lallana! Could strike, straight at Akinfeev, whose hands are stinging.
Good technique from Lallana. A real test for the keeper. Great play from
England there. England, can they register and effort on target? Kane
on corners again. It's controversial, that. Many would much
prefer to see a striker with number nine on his back in the middle. Here
is the number six, Smalling, going up. But he had moved too quickly and
the flag is up. Keeper just dealing with a punch. From what I've seen in
a couple of games so far, that's good to see from the goalkeeper.
Certainly is. I saw the opening goal last night from Giroud, and the
goalkeeper did not deal with it at all. Walker, court late. Nicola
Rizzoli off to deliver his first words of instruction in the evening,
and Fyodor Smolov is going to receive them. Don't want to get on
the wrong side of the Italian referee. He dished out ten red cards
in Serie A last season, averaging half a dozen yellow is a game. You
certainly don't want to get booked in the early exchanges. Of course
two bookings and it's a suspension. Joe Hart, looking for Kane. Didn't
time the jump. Dzyuba found Shatov. Didn't get it through to Kokorin.
Here is Sterling. We know he's quick, he's going to have to be to
take on Smolnikov. Sterling in, Alli, Kane! Wasn't quite crisp
enough but it is another England opening. Here is Dele Alli again,
just drifting into that space. Wouldn't have counted. No, exactly.
But it's that man again. Brilliant how he finds space. Just wanted a
better finish, of course. Kane couldn't reach it anyway. Good start
from England down that left-hand side. Sterling a couple of times.
Bright from the boys. Dele Alli only 20 years old. Here he goes once
more. And he's caught. It will be an England free kick. We just have to
hope that Dele Alli's temper isn't triggered. It's been a talking
point. It is but I think he is intelligent enough to do the right
things. Rate talent, but you have to say the energy he has... -- great
talent. Nearly 12 years ago when there was a roar 18-year-old who lit
up Euro 2004. And he's still a wonderful footballer. I can't
believe people question his selection. The shape is almost like
a Christmas tree, the way they are spread out. Alli, he's only just
stopped believing in Father Christmas! Lallana. Rooney, for
Walker. England's throw. Good pressure from
England. Walker looks totally at home at this level, doesn't he? A
big choice to be made there. Kyle Walker getting the nod over
Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne. Walker, to Liverpool's Adam Lallana.
Nice swerve, an elaborate one from Walker. He's had a super start to
the evening. England win another court. -- another corner. Good
imagination. Decent cross from Dier. It's all England. All Tottenham!
Kane comes across to take another corner.
There are five from White Hart Lane in this starting XI. A good corner
from Harry Kane. It was a majestic header from Chris
Smalling. It is a corner on the other side for
England and Harry Kane will take this one as well. Every player in a
white shirt at the moment looks perfectly at home in this cauldron.
Definitely. They just keep cranking up the pressure on Russia. Chris
Smalling got the only goal of the game against Portugal in the
friendly. We heard Joe Hart in the tunnel
saying to Harry Kane, get your shots in and moved the ball. That could
have almost been the goal of the tournament. But the important thing
is that England are playing with such confidence. Wayne Rooney picked
him out with that great crossfield pass. Roy Hodgson will be delighted
with the start. Early days, but encouraging signs. They seem to be
playing with a lot of belief here tonight. In all my years watching
England I have not seen a full-back with a fancy backflip up in the
opposition half. Smolnikov was linked with Barcelona last summer.
England need to be careful on the break. Smolnikov shows that he wants
to run behind England. He is playing with such composure, it is hard to
believe it is his first proper game, just friendlies up until now. Eric
Dier's eighth cap and this is the first one that has meant something.
They all mean something, I know that. Did you treasure all of your
43? Exactly, but he will realise this is something a bit special.
Golovin is the youngest player in the Russian squad. He is the
exception because by and large it is an experienced squad. That is a free
kick for Russia. It came from Danny Rose giving the
ball away initially. He goes down very easily.
The players are almost holding hands for this one.
They should be getting an England head onto that ball.
Dele Alli could not quite get his feet sorted out. Good again from
Sterling. Very good play down the left-hand side. And Danny Rose as
well. There was a little backheel from Sterling and Danny Rose was
that a flash. It was a great ball across the box. Dele Alli could not
make up the ground, it was agonising.
I still think of Paul Gascoigne putting that in every time I watch
it now. That was an incredible miss, a missed opportunity anyway.
Russia have not conceded a goal in competitive internationals under
Leonid Slutski. Could they do it tonight?
Sloppy, but good from an England point of view.
I think we would like to see a bit more of Harry Kane on the ball. He
has had a couple of touches and a shot from distance. They need to
grow in confidence. He is looking for Dzyuba. It is
important for the central defenders to Windows early balls. Harry Kane
has got to pick up better there. -- win those early balls.
The ball from Walker was just a bit too clever. It has been said often
enough that this England side's talents lie in attacking, not
defending. They are quite happy to let England
have the ball. The back four never move anywhere.
Smolnikov did not take any chances that time. Do not underestimate the
role of Dier tonight. The second shooting chance for
Lallana. A great ball, the third man running. Lallana once more and he
cannot deal with it. England are strong on either wing. Good
interchange play. You have got to hit the target, though. Is it too
early to say that England might rue missed opportunities? Let's hope
not. Walker was the target for Joe Hart.
It is great to see our full-backs so attacking in an England team like
this. It really set our stall out and puts Russia on the back foot.
Would you have said that in your playing days if they had gone on
like that and left you on your lonesome? Walker just flies forward
the whole time and Gary Cahill just has to get on with it.
Leonid Slutski stays seated. It may be wise. One of the best bits of
information we were provided with before the tournament is that he was
a goalkeeper. It was sadly curtailed due to a knee injury when he fell
out of a tree trying to save his cat! England turning nothing into
something pretty rapidly again. There was fantastic defending by
Smolnikov. He tracked Sterling all the way, great defending.
This is great movement again. Look at that for defending. It is almost
a dying art these days. He needed to get that right as well. It was all
in the motion of shooting. Just about to pull the trigger, there is
nothing more frustrating. Berezutski, his twin is amongst the
substitutes. Good pressure from England, forcing
mistakes. Good noise from those supporting
England. It is fantastic, they realise they need to get behind
their team even more. Fedor Smolov is a good footballer,
he can play. I think it's important they have a
period on the ball, from their point of view.
Nice that. Look how quickly Lallana is there, and Sterling. Very nearly
caught. Smolnikov. England just need to be solid at
times. Aleksandar Kolarov in making that
run in midfield. Have two be so alert in international football.
Just a little nudge from Harry Kane was seen. Just for a second, for the
first time tonight, you can actually hear yourself. Cahill with a glance,
knew that that was going behind. Rooney.
Here is Alli, here is Lallana! And offside Harry Kane. That's a very
accomplished finish, but it was never going to count. Lovely Blake
one pass to many. Almost impossible for Kane to stay onside and rush
out. You would think Greg Dyke would be pleased with this. Not putting
the finger against the throat on what he has seen sofa tonight.
Berezutski to Schennikov, and returned.
Nice touch, Walker is there. Schennikov. And Walker will have to
be there again. Schennikov gets the better of him. Russia's best spell,
maybe, this. They suddenly seem sharper in everything they do. Don't
you want to invite pressure. -- they don't want to invite pressure.
Cahill was covering. Cahill did well there, just aware of what was around
him. Smolov is trying to pull off on his shoulder.
We said we may have a weakness in our central defence, our body shape
is really important we can't be caught ball watching. Here is
Rooney, this is Smalling. Rooney has a look, he knows where Rose is.
Lovely ball from Dier to Alli. It's a Russia break. Karin... -- Kokorin.
Dzyuba is wide, for once. And it was Sergey Ignashevich who stormed into
the centre. Well, Sergey Ignashevich gambled. It's end to end stuff.
Smolnikov has sorted it out. Where do you see the biggest threat
to England in the next half-hour. Well, it's that communication
between Dier and the central defenders. Noise that are
dispossessed there. Lallana. Walker. -- Neustadter dispossessed. This is
where the forward players need to work to create space. Just drifting
off players. Walker, to Rooney. Alli with a run. Rooney found him. In the
nick of time for Russia, so did Vasili Berezutski. Dele Alli again,
he's like a machine. Great ball in, just into
. The defender just got across the front of him. Berezutski using all
of his experience there. Smalling just telling Harry Kane to hang on a
moment. Now he's in position. The corner won't interest him like that.
Where do you stand on Harry Kane taking corners? I was never happy
with it. Thierry Henry, one of the best headers of a ball ever, with
the height he got, used to take corners. You see it now. Harry Kane
committee might be a bit disappointed tonight so far.
Everyone else has found their feet, so to speak. I think Harry just
needs a little bit more time to get into it. A goal would do him the
world of good. Four of England's last half a dozen goals they've
scored from a European Championships have come from set pieces, three of
those from corners. It was so important in that thrilling win in
March against Germany. Two of the three goals came from corner kicks.
Jordan Henderson took those. Amongst the substitutes of course tonight.
Very skilful player, Lallana. But he's happy to defend for his team as
well. This is a flick on from Walker, diagonal ball from Joe Hart
will. Cahill, Walker. A little push. Alli,
brilliant footwork. Where to next, though? Wherever he wants to go!
Rooney! Straight down the barrel for Akinfeev again. Those tests are
being made to work. -- those fists. There's Dier, with a tremendous
tackle. Wouldn't quite bounced Lallana's way. England want this
one, you can see it with the players. Great play here coming he's
got no right to get through. This is the new and the old, there. Great
technique from Rooney, unfortunately straight at the Russian keeper.
Cahill. Not quite kept in by Alli. Don't think we should be
underestimating the quality of this player as well, what he's done so
far in this game. Of course it's early days. But these are big
moments for young players. Smalling. I don't think Smolov appreciated
being shoved to the floor. Handball against Lallana. I dare say his
inclusion in the line-up tonight raised a few eyebrows, but he's done
well. He gives us good balance. One thing he doesn't get credit for is
how money times he wins the ball back. The winger is really Kyle
Walker, the amount of times he gets forward. Rings so much energy to the
team. -- he brings so much energy to the team. Rose. Rose through to
Kane. Alli in the middle. Sergey may shave itch had to win
-- Sergey Ignashevich had to win that one. Russia are hanging on
here. It's England's sixth corner of the
night. Kane. Well held, Akinfeev. It was Cahill trying to get the touch
in front of him. It's a wicked ball in from Kane. Any kind of touch on
that and it's in the back of the net. Schennikov.
England are playing well but we already know that even if they can
get in behind this Russian defence, it will take something special to
beat Akinfeev, who is prone to the odd blunder but on his day is one of
the best around. We saw that in the World Cup, he had such a good start
to the game but everything 's been at him. But it's encouraging that
England have been able to create so many opportunities.
Should have the edge, fitness wise, as well. Especially with the pace of
the likes of Vardy waiting in the wings. Running out of steam
shouldn't be a problem, even on a steamy night in the South of France
in June. Dzyuba, and again Dier shifting that
one on. Smolov, Schennikov. Just managed to keep it away from
Dele Alli. Lallana into another tackle. Walker, Lallana. Playing
brilliantly. Alli. Kane, won't get there. Just too much on the ball
from Dele Alli. Great vision from him and good movement from Kane.
Just too much weight on the ball. Getting frustrated, Roy. He's got to
be calm and keep believing in this England team. Game of fine margins,
this. And Russian fingernails. Dzyuba holds it up. Neustadter.
Kokorin is seen off by Danny Rose. Kokorin is one of Russia's key
players, but touch wood when you say this, he has been kept quiet so far.
Five goals in his last nine international appearances for the
man from Zenit St. Petersburg. Smolov, the top scorer in the
Russian league last season with FC Krasnodar. Here is Kokorin.
The cross instantly blocked by Rose. Sterling pursued by Smolnikov.
This is where England have got to keep moving the ball quickly.
Sterling has almost taking a rest. The momentum was back with England.
The intelligent, move it quickly. Ignashevich, who moved further
forward at half-time. Rooney, got the better of Shatov to find Rose.
Rose! That was drilled fiercely across the penalty area, too fierce
for Kane. I think that's why he's got his hand in that air, he's just
drilled that across. Superman is not getting on the end of that one.
It is important for England to keep concentrating. Dier is playing a
major role. He has to sit there in midfield. Russia will be mindful of
the Uruguay game at the last World Cup. Two lapses in concentration
cost England. It bounced awkwardly for Akinfeev,
who dealt with it well. The great escape rings around the
stadium, but at the moment it is Russia who need to build a!
Tunnel. Little Raheem Sterling was in Dzyuba's way. That is what you
want, you want him to fight for every ball. Who is fouling food?
Dele Alli was in there again. He just coasts into space. It is
fantastic the way he times it. Just over a minute to go in the
first 45. It has flown by. I have a feeling you are enjoying this,
Martin. You would be enjoying it a bit more with a goal. You just do
not want a sloppy moment and a lack of concentration to give Russia a
leg up. Danny Rose is outstanding on the left side, both full-backs. The
flag was up against Lallana. It went up very quickly. It is great to see
Wayne Rooney spraying those balls from side to side. There are so many
options for him on the ball. You roll that ball to a player, you do
not want it back as a defender, you want someone to do something
positive with it. Half-time in my say. No goals, but
plenty for those England supporters to smile and think about. I think
the message from Roy Hodgson to his players at the break will be do not
be downhearted, carry on as you are and it will come.
No changes have been made to side for the restart of the game that is
being played 24 years to the day since the opening game of the 1992
Championship. Martin Keown and Gary Lineker played in the 0-0 game in
Sweden. We did draw with the eventual winners Denmark. It was
also on June the 11 that Gary Lineker, 30 years ago, scored his
World Cup trip against Poland. Whose turn is it today? We would love to
see that. If he had realised he would have not
got there, he would have given up the chase a little earlier. It is as
good an England performance, dare I say, that I have seen for a while,
certainly in an opening tournament. You are concerned by Roy's own
uncertainty. You have to become as well and keep believing and keep it
all in check. Smolnikov another burst from right
back, but he was ignored. Shatov wants to get on the ball a
bit more in this second half. He is covering a lot of distance. It is
important you win those headers. That was Kokorin. An important leg
stretched out by Gary Cahill. Both the full-backs for Russia are
pushing on at the beginning of the second half. A testing time for
England. They are on the front foot. Kyle Walker puts the ball out of
play and is applauded by Dzyuba for that. There was nothing wrong with
the tackle from Eric Dier. It was just the follow-through. The referee
is having a word with him. You do not want to see him getting booked,
certainly in these early games. He is so important for England. He
clocked up double figures last season in terms of yellow cards. It
is inevitable when you play in that position. He is a converted central
defender and he has done it with great success. Wayne Rooney was
upended by Smolnikov. The referee is belying his
reputation, not one card in the game yet. By and large he is letting the
game flow. That is what we want to see. We want to see England scoring
as well. Harry Kane is putting in the yards
to try and close down. Should the central defenders, who
have a combined age of 69, start to tire, Roy Hodgson will be thinking
about Jamie Vardy or Marcus Rashford.
That was a tired looking touch from Schennikov.
Sterling is on site! He was fouled just outside the box. It is an
England free kick. Smolnikov was diving in. I wonder if he could have
passed that across the goal of the first time. They are in discussion
over who it will be with a little lift into the masses. It is going to
be Harry Kane. He easily goes for power. He cannot see the gold from
where he is. Just as importantly, Akinfeev cannot see the ball. It is
a super save from Akinfeev, but the flag was up anyway. It is the
Russian defence that really rushes out. Good play from the Russian
defence. It is another England free kick.
They are building something again. They certainly are. Ignashevich
diving in. Mistakes and misjudgements just
creeping Russia's play. It looks like the senior man is coming in to
take this one. Wayne Rooney has to cover his mouth so that the Russian
defenders cannot see what he is saying. I think Eric Dier is going
to run over this. Wayne Rooney has scored in his last seven
internationals. Akinfeev was fully aware of where it was going. He had
his eyes fixed on the target. He got the right line, but it was too high.
It is a difficult skill to get it up and down from there.
Cahill, tried to power away from Shatov. Russia's throw in. It seemed
to be a case of who shouted the loudest would get that one. Roy is
looking a lot calmer, isn't he? Stick or twist. I wonder if he's
thinking about a change. The way England are playing, is it a case of
why would you? He's definitely got good players on the bench. Vardy
will be sitting there waiting for that opportunity so he can continue
that fairy tale of his, as will Rashford. England have pace and a
knack of scoring goals when they need to get one will be just what
they need against this Russian centre back pairing. Rose will get
there. Sterling. Allowed space by Shatov. Too casual, there, though.
You could hear the groans from the England supporters. Berezutski,
finding Kerkorian. Alli is after him. Dzyuba. Keeps it away from
Alli. The 1-2 prevented from working. I think Ingram fans were
annoyed because the easy pass was on in midfield, Toulalan and everyone
could see it. Dzyuba, it's come for Kokorin. He rose -- Danny Rose
didn't know much about that but importantly was in the right place
to block it. Russian corner. Danny Rose was in the right place, got to
get as close to that as you possibly can, create the barrier to the shot.
Russia's first corner of the inside match. They're coming. Shatov's
delivery, and Joe Hart as to save it. Bounced back towards his own
goal from Eric Dier. Well, it's an awkward ball in and diet just
doesn't adjust quick enough, doesn't see it coming. -- and Dier doesn't
adjust quickly. He only recently scored an own goal from something
similar, against Australia. The young man off balance and weigh
off target. -- way off target. Similar first effort from him to
that which we saw from the other 20-year-old on the field, Dele Alli,
earlier on in the game. Interesting, Russia perching right up on England
now, to stop them from playing. Sloppy again. Not been a good few
minutes for Raheem Sterling. He just needs encouragement from his
colleagues. Smolnikov, Kerkorian closed down by
Dier. This is where England's defenders
have do all be switched on together. Well, Smalling is missing an easy
header there and Dier has read it well. Russia a threat. Shatov,
that's going right from Berezutski. Only really a half chance for him.
Joe Hart. Chris Smalling. Am I right to have a pang of anxiety that the
ball is being knocked around between goalkeeper and defenders? Alli, to
Kane. Good defending by Ignashevich. Well, if they're going to play like
Barcelona, and that's what they do, that's what we do. But that was a
bit nervy, there come for a second. Danny Rose, first-time ball in. Beat
Berezutski, but not Ignashevich. Dier. Walker.
You could hear the shout of "Yes", from Walker to Eric Dier. Cleared up
by Gary Cahill, who is going to get the match. Well, he's tried to
gamble and pinch in in front of Dzyuba. Doesn't come off, catches
his opponent. It's expensive when you make mistakes, wrong decision.
Should have just stayed behind him, he knows it. First booking six
minutes into the second half will stop the game against Denmark, 24
years ago today, seven minutes in when you got one of those. It was.
My game was about making challenges and I suddenly had to think about
it. You've done your homework with that one! Spying...
Akinfeev, looking for the long ball to Dzyuba. Past towards goal and Joe
Hart didn't know it was going wide. Well, it's just a long ball and he's
just clipped it wide. I think he thinks it's in the back of the net.
It's well wide. Not sure about your definition of well! It's plenty
wide, just the way the goalkeeper actually reacted. Just shows, we
talk about systems but that was just an old-fashioned hoof up the pitch.
They are running off, comes two feet and they nearly score. This match
has just taken a turn. Russia enjoying the better of things. Just
getting a bit nervy, one or two of the England players. Short passing
again. Joe Hart changed his mind about the next one. Kokorin. Shatov.
Nice footwork, away from Lallana. Neustadter.
Berezutski safely back to Akinfeev. He has gone long once more. Kept
clear of Schennikov. Golovin has hooked it, but only to Eric Dier.
Rooney, Dier... Away from Neustadter. Kokorin. Alli, dropped
back, mindful that Dier was still in a forward position. Smalling has the
beating of Schennikov here. England's throw. I think England now
responding to a really slow start to this second half. Rooney.
Takes it from him, pinches it from him, Walker. Walker... Just evades
Lallana. I think he was meant to get it. He's unlucky there, Walker. He
was running at real pace to control that ball. We heard Russian
supporters loud and proud a moment ago, but the noise has lifted --
lifted back to England. -- Dzyuba. England need to get Harry
Kane into this game more than they are. We start looking down at the
bench for signs of activity. Nothing significant just yet. Roy showing
faith in his starting 11. Lallana. Walker. Over the head of Kane, onto
the head of Ignashevich. Nobody attacking that near post for
England. You just want to see a bit more desire in that final third.
Alli, won't get there. As a little luck. -- he has a little look.
Interesting to see Smalling running forward there. Got to keep your
shape, got to keep your discipline. Walker back to Joe Hart. Rose is in
a rush. Smolnikov, Rose again. It's not sticking with Harry Kane, is it?
Kokorin draws the foul from Rooney. Clever play. A little bit of afters
from Alli which wasn't appreciated by the Russian number nine. We don't
want Alli getting involved in any of that, he is so important to us. The
match director has clearly got the feeling that Jamie Vardy's our
arrival in the game might be imminent. Just think how money
people around the whole of Europe would have heard of him this time
last year. Correct, and everyone knows about him now. Dzyuba.
Smalling, uses his body really well. Sterling, and can he use his pace?
Not well enough. Just needs Smalling to be a bit more accurate in
everything he does. Neustadter. Certainly more adventure being shown
by Russia in this second half. I know we had 60% possession in the
first half, England, almost embarrassing for the Russian team.
Football has shown us this year that you don't have to dominate
possession to be a winner. Berezutski. Smalling, it's gone
straight to Kokorin. Nice start. Rooney got in the way. Smolnikov.
Russia undoubtedly growing in confidence, and Sterling will be
penalised their for blocking Smolnikov. He thought the rampaging
full-back would have been there for the return, and he would have been.
He found several more in his way. Now Shatov will try and deliver the
right ball for Russia. Ignashevich might be the right man. Something
different... Smolnikov. Didn't quite work, but you could see what the
idea was. Good imagination there, just didn't come off.
Alli, Sterling, Rose wide. Rows with the delivery, here's Wayne Rooney!
What a save. Follow-up from Lallana off the post. Flag up anyway. What a
save that was, though, from Akinfeev, to keep Wayne Rooney out.
Well, it's stunning. Stunning play again from England. Wayne Rooney
coming in from the edge of the box. It comes in off the post. Lallana,
yes come clearly offside. It's a nice strike as well from Wayne. He
doesn't go for power committee tries to place it. Roy is wondering if
it's going to be one of those nights. Roy not usually prone to
profanities. You can excuse him there.
How many times watching England have we used that phrase? One of those
night. It is the best we have done in the second half. We need to build
on that. Alli feels he was unfairly impeded
and the referee agrees with him. A free kick for England, what
position. And it is a yellow card for Schennikov. We talk about him
drifting into space. Very intelligent. It is a great position
for England. Can any England player get the beating of Akinfeev tonight?
Eric Dier is right in the mix here. It might be the head down and some
approach. Look where Harry Kane is with similar ideas.
And Eric Dier smashes it! England find a way.
It is a dynamite strike from Eric Dier.
It is deserved as well. That was hit hard. It is a stunning strike. At
first we were wondering what on earth he was doing there. It is a
fantastic strike. The goalkeeper moves to the left at the wrong time
and Dier buries it. A fantastic strike. The tournament who scored
the winning goal in Germany at the end of March. A game that made as
all get a bit overexcited possibly about what we were going to see here
in France. We have every right to be excited now. It is an important few
moments. We want Dier to do that job that he is therefore now in front of
the defence. How many times in this tournament have we seen a strike and
minutes later the other one strikes back? We have seen how dangerous
Russia can be. We talk about good stories, fairy tales. Look at Dier
and where he has come from. He was a central defender last season. Now he
is scoring goals for England. Russia try and break with Kokorin.
Eric Dier is saying, that is mine, get out of the way, I am taking
that. He is taking responsibility at both ends. I love that. There is
going to be a change in the minute. England are going with Jack
Wilshere. That was an excellent block. Well
worked by Berezutski. And the substitutes will happen. Russia are
taking on Golovin. He nearly went the distance in his competitive
debut for his country. England's change will see Wayne
Rooney make way. He has answered a few questions tonight. He certainly
has. He has been wonderful in that midfield. It is almost a straight
swap. Jack Wilshere coming on, another gifted midfield player. The
captain's armband has been passed on to Gary Cahill.
Jack Wilshere, three days short of a year since his best year yet for
England. It was against Slovenia and he has hardly played since. That was
very much in Roy's mind in including him in the squad. He is there to
pass the ball. That is when you see Jack Wilshere at his best, flying
through the midfield. Lallana fancied his chances from distance.
Russia have done almost a straight swap in midfield. The holding man,
noise that has gone. Man is not exactly gambling. He has gone like
for like more or less. He is just trying to sow the midfield up.
You get the impression England are waiting to get this ball back and
pounce once more, trying to keep their shape.
They had to hold it. They will gladly take the resulting free kick.
It is important Harry Kane keeps hold of that ball. A bit of
sportsmanship from Berezutski. Raheem Sterling has combined well
with Danny Rose down the left. It looks like sterling is coming back
to his best with the pace that he has. Just decision-making. We are
not really sure what to do as a team, whether to sit on this 1-0
lead on whether to go for it. A nice bit of ball control from Adam
Lallana. Off-site. It is encouraging the way
Jack Wilshere is moving. good the way Jack Wilshere attacks.
It is not easy to come on and pick it up that quickly and play well,
especially for somebody who has hardly featured all season. Is it
one game for Arsenal? All at the end of the season. You would not believe
Harry Kane was only 22. He knows how to play that role so well. You have
got to have great intelligence and technique and be brave and be
incredibly fit as well. He is up there as a lone striker. That is two
free kicks he has got very recently. And very kindly he left the last one
to Eric Dier. I think the striker's instinct is going to take over a
year. He has had a word, I am not going to do that again. It is some
way out. Is it a case of any thing you can do I can do better?
Up and over and it never did anything else. He almost hit it too
hard. X minutes to go and then what ever
is added on by the Italian referee. He gives a free kick to Russia and
he wants them to make their third substitution before taking it. Fedor
Smolov sees his number on the board. Again it is like for like.
Walker is absolutely tanking up the right. And Raheem Sterling,
decision-making is letting him down. He took too long and the moment has
gone. You do not get that kind of time at this level. If they are just
as quick as you are, they will get back and tackle you. They are going
to put James Milner on for the rest of the game in a moment two. A
little bit of extra insurance in the move may be. Maybe it is sterling
that is going to come off. That will hurt England. -- that
won't hurt England. The second substitution is going to be made,
Martin. We've seen what Jack Wilshere does. Sterling is coming
off. The message from Roy will be just keep it a bit tighter in that
midfield. Henderson might have thought he was coming on, but no,
he's going for Milner. A man who made the move in the opposite
direction, from Manchester City to Liverpool, certainly splits opinion
with supporters. You won't find many coaches who don't like him, though.
He's a little bit more than how he describes himself, as a geezer in
boots from Yorkshire lumping it across the field! I think he's
better than that. England happy for Russia to have it.
I think if we just say, to Russia, come and beat us, I'm not sure they
can do it. Especially with balls like that. Head down in
disappointment. Just having a look again at Dier's free kick. It's
quite stunning. Talking of stunning, the referee has just stopped play
because a flare has been fired from the Russian end of the field. The
Russian supporters's end of the field. The referee saw that. There
were a couple of others lit that you might be able to see. Let's just
hope that that hasn't gone anywhere harmful. I'm just wondering how on
earth they've got it into the stadium with all the security. It
has been very well-organised inside the stadium, in stark contrast to
the ridiculous moronic mayhem elsewhere in Marseille.
Those here have come to see a game, and they've seen a really good one.
One that England are only a few minutes away from winning. Those who
following and regularly will know that that might seem like ours.
They've seen it all before, haven't they?
In goes Lallana, helped out by Dier. Now it is Alli, Kane, Wilshire to
Milner. Milner, a slip, and untimely one.
Kokorin. Dzyuba told to get up again by the referee. There was one before
it where Eric Dier worryingly lost his man. England have got to use
this ball well. You may just have heard a huge explosion there. That
again has come from the end of the ground where the Russian supporters
are housed. Just a few signs of a menacing atmosphere down that end.
Let's hope that nothing gets any worse than that. Three minutes to
go. Three minutes was what the board said will be added onto the end of
this. Difficult moments for England to see this one through. Milner
can't stop the cross. Smalling does. Excellent. Just stay goal side, keep
your eye on the ball. Kokorin puts the ball in, whips it in. You see
Smalling fighting to get that ball. Danger here for England, with
Kokorin taking the Russian corner. Or the possibility of corner. The
referee -- possibility of danger. The referee just wants to put a stop
to some holding. Kokorin fires in. It was met by Wilshire. This is
Shatov. Schennikov being closed down by James Milner. He dropped his
shoulder and got away. Good header... Russia level it at the
last! It is battling Berezutski. Russia's captain climbed highest of
them all to break English hearts. Well, it's a poor
diagonal ball to the far post. Berezutski, you see him there. What
on earth is Danny Rose doing? Berezutski loops it into the far
corner. He climbs really high. Great angle on it for him. England
devastated. It has got the manager to its feet,
as well you would expect it to. -- to his feet. Russia have just saved
themselves in this game. There might be a little more to come yet. Dzyuba
gets up. England paid for a lack of concentration, and Joe Hart now
might be caught again! Dzyuba! Needs to be more decisive next time. Well,
well, well, what on earth is Joe Hart doing there? Just clear the
danger. Alli, Wilshire, fouled. Once the ball back in a hurry. --
Wilshere. Milner. The referee has a look at the watch. And brings his
whistle to his lips. It's a draw that will feel like a defeat for
England. They had it won, they had the job done. But Russia's captain,
Berezutski, has made it one point each rather than the three points
that Eric Dier looked to have got for England. Another lesson in
concentration for England's players. It's a disappointing trudge off the
field by those in white shirts, and you could perfectly well understand
why. It has finished, in Marseille, on the field, England 1-1 Russia.
I'm afraid to say that in the stands there is more to come. We have
another flare at full-time sent out from the Russian supporters. We have
then got an invasion from the Russian supporters into the England
section, and I'm afraid what we've seen, we haven't seen it at the
stadium at all until -- all evening, but we're seeing it now. It's a
horrible, horrible end to the night. Catch all the action from
Euro 2016 across the BBC.