Euro 2016: England vs Russia preview IBTimes UK

Well that is all we have time for on this Euro 2016 live blog. We have had three intriguing days on this first full day of the tournament, with wins for Switzerland and Wales, before Russia claiming a late draw against England. We're back tomorrow with three more games including Northern Ireland's opening game of the tournament against Poland. But until then, goodbye.


Full time: England 1-1 Russia

So cruel on England but they are punished for not playing until the final seconds as Russia claim an unlikely point in Marseille. After dominating the first 80 minutes, Eric Dier had England ahead, but captain Berezutski popped up with a fine 92nd minute header to claim a late draw. Roy Hodgson will be fuming with his team's failure to convert their dominance into three points, but there is still plenty of encouragement ahead of the rest of the competition.


Goal: England 1-1 Russia (Vasili Berezutski)

Would you believe it. Russia have hardly threatened in this second half, particularly since the goal, but in the second minute of added time they equalise. A long hopeful ball finds Berezutski, who heads over Joe Hart and into the corner.


Three added minutes in Marseille. Perhaps a curse, but Russia don't look like scoring.


Another Russia attack killed off in its infancy and Raheem Sterling scampers away on the break, but instead of crossing for Kane or another marauding teammate, he miss-kicks and Russia survive.


England's game management is much improved on this evidence and they are making this last 15 minutes or so look routine, despite their narrow lead. They are continuing to go for goals too, with Harry Kane striking over the bar.


Wayne Rooney off and Jack Wilshere on for England, with 13 minutes to go in Marseille.


Goal: England 1-0 Russia (Eric Dier)

Roy Hodgson's side have lift-off at Euro 2016 and it comes from Eric Dier. Alli wins a free-kick on the edge of the box and after Harry Kane dumbies it, Eric Dier steers the set-piece beyond Akinfeev with a fine strike. The breakthrough they deserve.


Igor Akinfeev makes a remarkable save from the best chance of the game. Rooney arrives on cue after Rose's cross is half-cleared and the Russia 'keeper sprawls to his right and somehow turns the ball away.


England have noticeably dropped off since the break, with Wayne Rooney seeing less of the ball and Dele Alli and Adam Lallana less effectual. Roy Hodgson could do with changing this up to stem the Russia flow of pressure.


Dzyuba causing more problems and he outmuscles Smalling, nodding it down to Smolov who curls goalwards and while it beats Hart, it bounces wide. Russia much improve since the break.


Yellow card for Gary Cahill, the first of the game for England. The Chelsea centre-back has done well against Dzyuba so far but he must walk a disciplinary tight-rope.


Berezutski the latest Russia player to win the ball in the England penalty area, but his header is well off-target and behind for a goal-kick. Ray Lewington comes out to the edge of the technical area; I wonder how long before a change as we reach the hour mark.


Joe Hart tested at last but by one of his own players, as Eric Dier heads a Russia corner towards his own goal which the City stopper turns over the bar.


Wayne Rooney takes over set-piece responsibilities and takes this latest attacking free-kick which shaves the roof of the net.


Free-kick for England after Sterling is tripped by Smolov. Kane swings the ball in and it bounces through, off Eric Dier before Stering is caught off-side as the ball is recycled.


Russia on the front foot early in this second half and it takes Gary Cahill to intercept Kokorin's cross to deny Dzyuba from giving his side the lead.


Players back out for the second half in Marseille. No changes. What will half time have done to both teams' mindset?


Half time: England 0-0 Russia

Having covered this England team intensively over the last four years since Roy Hodgson took over I have no idea where that first half display came from. Hodgson's side have dominated the half and though they don't have a goal to show for is, it has been a mighty impressive showing. Russia have merely played the role of surviver, but surely they will improve after the break.


More chaos inside the Russia box as Rooney feeds the ball out to Rose, whose cross is punched clear by Akinfeev. England knocking on the door but half time is fast approaching - and you bet Russia can't wait for it.


Russia exchange passes in defence before Ignashevich, the country's most capped player, hacks the ball out of play. England have been totally dominate since the mid-way point of this first half but they're yet to convert that advantage.


Wayne Rooney has been awfully quiet in this first half but he gets into the action with a fine volley after Alli wriggled away from an almost impossible situation in the right corner.


Ball in the net for England but is has been ruled out for offside. Alli and Lallana combined to good effect again, but the pass to Harry Kane, who finds the net, finds the Tottenham forward in an offside position.