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Five talking points: England’s missed opportunities deal crushing blow | Dominic Fifield

Wasteful 1-1 draw against Russia means England have still not won their first game at a European Championship. And it was a game for Wales to cherish

There was nothing conventional about any of this, with Wayne Rooney in midfield, Harry Kane on corners, Eric Dier battering home that free-kick and then Russia, a team so ineffective up to some hopeful late punts, plundering their late equaliser. England have still not won their first game at a European Championship, with this a wasteful draw given how dominant they had been. In the context of late frustration all the promise of the brighter play, offered up by Adam Lallana to Kyle Walker to Danny Rose, will have felt spoiled. In the end this was actually a result for Wales to cherish from afar. Russia are an ageing outfit who must take on the Welsh last. Chris Coleman will be licking his lips at the prospect of his team confronting them in Toulouse. For England, this was a missed opportunity.

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