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England v Russia: Player Ratings

Somewhere between the violence on Saturday night was a very good game of football

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Joe Hart - 7
I feel that Joe has been unfairly criticised for the Russia goal. He can't go to collect that cross some 8 yards out at his back post. His distribution (especially to the full backs) was good, but had little to do. Sometimes these things happen.

Kyle Walker - 9
My Man of the Match. Fantastic going forward, causing the back four lots of issues, and solid at the back. Exposed the space out wide that Lallana had left by playing quite narrow.

Gary Cahill - 8
Very assuring performance. Dzyuba was a potential pain the backside, and Cahill man marked him efficiently throughout. Very good on the ball also, which takes away from the argument from his detractors asking for Stones' inclusion.

Chris Smalling - 7
Equally impressive. Swept up the bits and pieces in the battle between Cahill and Dzyuba. Solid first game.

Danny Rose - 7
Wasteful in dangerous areas of the pitch in the first half, Rose recovered to put in a solid performance. Can't really be blamed for not matching Berezutski in the air for the equaliser.

Eric Dier - 8
Fantastic. Offering steel alongside Rooney in the sitting midfield roles, Dier was hugely important in the ugly side of the game. His free kick was a lovely strike, and capped off an impressive tournament debut game.

Wayne Rooney - 8
That's the best game I've seen Rooney have for England in a long time. He spread the play well, and constructed the vast majority of England's attacking play in the first half. Desperately unlucky not to score. What a save from Akinfeev!

Adam Lallana - 7
Lallana is a very "defensive" attacking midfielder. He harries defenders and is a general pain in the backside. Linked up the play well but can't finish a good breakfast. Useful against the less quality teams in the competition, he's very much a group stage player.

Delle Alli - 6
Wasn't at the races. Lots of expectation for Alli, but it just didn't work out for him on Saturday. Will grow into the tournament, I feel. He'll give Wales trouble.

Raheem Sterling - 5
Much like the story of his domestic season, Sterling was largely disappointing. His first touch is heavy, which he largely makes up for with his pace. Didn't seem to be on the same wavelength as his attacking teammates.

Harry Kane - 6
Another attacking player that didn't realise expectations. A fantastic finisher with the potential to be England's top scorer, Kane will need to do far more in and around the box if he wants to keep his place after the Wales game. With Vardy, Sturridge and Rashford waiting in the wings, Kane needs to hit form, and soon.