It seems nothing has changed with English football as once again the Three Lions wasted key chances to kick-start their Euro 2016 campaign with a win. Instead Russia scored a last minute equalizer to ruin a seemingly perfect start at the Euros for England.
While there may have been plenty of reasons why England failed to capitalize on their chances, it was more down to their poor finishing. On the wake of a disappointing result for Three Lions, we take a look at key talking points and things we learned from England’s 1-1 draw against Russia.
England paid price for missing key chances
Likes of Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling had four good chances to put England ahead, however, they often failed to keep their shot on target and there was one stunning save from Russia’s Igor Akinfeev.
Coming in to the competition, England players enjoyed a stellar Premier League season and were expected to be amongst the goals. However, their lack of clinical finishing saw them only score a goal from free kick and it ended up costing them a well-deserved win.
Roy Hodgson and his mindless substitutions
What on earth was Roy Hodgson thinking when he substituted Wayne Rooney (England’s best player on the night) and Raheem Sterling (fastest player on the pitch) to send James Milner and Jack Wilshere.
The duo did not do their best in keeping hold of the lead, however, had Rooney and Sterling been out there we may have seen a different result for The Three Lions.
Russia defying the law of aging squad
Coming in to the Euro 2016, Russia were given no chance due to their aging squad. The average age of Russian team is over 28 with combined age of their central defenders is close to 70. Despite that, they held on against England and their more mobile players which confirmed the importance of experience over exuberance.
Russia kept their calm and never gave up the hope on chasing down England’s lead. In the end, it was Vasili Berezutski, 33 who scored the equalizing goal in dying moments of the match. The draw has now once again put England’s qualification to the round of 16 out of their own hands.