England were left disappointed in Marseille on Saturday night after conceding in stoppage time to allow Russia to share the points from their opening Pool B encounter.
Sport360 rounds-up the best of the post-match reaction from the south of France.
“It’s disappointing because we were so close to a win in our first game. I thought it would have been well deserved. Our emotions went from a high to a low pretty quickly, but we have more games to look forward to and have to pick ourselves up.
“It is one of the best moments I’ve had in football, a fantastic moment, and to celebrate with our fans who were fantastic around the stadium. I would have taken a win, though, with someone else scoring.
“I’ve seen lots of his [David Beckham’s] free-kicks. Ever since I was younger it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing and practised a lot.”
“I have the same emotions as the players. To say we are bitterly disappointed would be an understatement. We were that close to a deserved victory and to lose it with one minute of injury time remaining is a tough pill to swallow, but that happens in football.
When we analyse the game tomorrow there’ll be a lot of things we will want to take forward and hopefully we’ll be able to put the memory of this last-minute goal behind us.
I thought we were good for the first 45 minutes and the last 30 minutes of the second half. We weren’t very good for the first 15 minutes of the second half and allowed them to play too many long balls forward. For 15 minutes we didn’t establish the control we had, but we overcame that and re-established control.”
“It was a good performance, but fair play to Russia because they stayed in the game and got the goal. They stood the ball up, he has springs in his heels and has looped it into the corner.
“It is not tough to take positives, because we played well. We will build on it and get better, win more games.
“There are a lot of positives, and that is what we are going to have to draw on.”
“We played some really good football. We were creating chances for 90 minutes, so we are disappointed because the performance we felt was worthy of three points.
“We knew Russia’s danger was the big man up front, if they were going to get the goal you knew that is where it was going to come. He is a big lad, and is going to win headers at some stage. Unfortunately for us it was in a dangerous position and they got the goal from it.
“We are disappointed we didn’t get three points, but we have to move on. It is one point and there are a lot of positives in the performance.”
My players stuck at it until the end and they rescued a point, which is tricky to do. England dominated the match, but we were still able to contain them and their dangerous forwards.
We were playing against a 4-3-3 or even a diamond system, so we were prepared for those two different tactical alternatives – we were prepared to play against both systems. We focused on their movement.
As for their intensity, we tried to outdo them. That said, England are one of the quickest teams on the planet so I don’t know if we were able to succeed in what I’d planned.”
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