‘Very disappointed’ Dier denies inexperience cost England

Date published: Saturday 11th June 2016 10:21

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Goalscorer Eric Dier said inexperience was not to blame after England were denied victory in their Euro 2016 opener against Russia in Marseille by a stoppage-time equaliser.

Roy Hodgson’s young side dominated for long periods at the Stade Velodrome, and looked set to be on the way towards three points when Tottenham midfielder Dier crashed a free-kick into the top corner after 73 minutes.

However, with just seconds of three minutes of added time remaining, Russian skipper Vasili Berezutsky sent a looping header over Joe Hart.

England must now regroup ahead of their showdown in Lens with Wales, who earlier in the day had beaten Slovakia.

“We are very disappointed, we played well in the game, and then to give away the goal at the end…” Dier said on ITV1.

“It is not inexperience, we just did not see it out in the right way.

“There are lots of positives from the game, the peformance level was extremely high, we did everything right, we controlled the game, had it all but just could not control it at the end.

“We did not lose, so we pick ourselves up and go again, and now look forwards to another big game.”

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