Robbie Fowler predicts England's opener with Russia, and their Group B performance

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The former Liverpool and England striker thinks Roy Hodgson's side will get off to a flying start.

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Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler has said he will be disappointed if the Three Lions don't get their Euro 2016 campaign off to a winning start. 

England take on Russia in their Group B opener in Marseille on Saturday night, with Fowler expecting England to get through the group, which also contains Wales and Slovakia, unbeaten.

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In his Oddschecker column, Fowler wrote: "I’m not convinced England have what it takes to go all the way but there is absolutely no reason why Roy Hodgson’s side can’t sail through Group B unbeaten and the 5-6 about the Three Lions finishing top of their section looks more than fair. Does Roy know what his starting eleven for the Russia game is yet? I’m not sure he does, but I will be majorley [sic] disappointed if we don’t win the opening game with a bit to spare.

"We have nothing to fear from Russia or Slovakia and we’re a much better team than Wales, which leads me to think the best odds 5-1 about England picking up maximum points in the section, is a very appealing price."

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Fowler is certainly expecting a lot from England to get off to the perfect start in the tournament, and getting through the group stages with maximum points will give the side some momentum. 

However, one only needs to look at their record at opening games in tournaments to see that it could be a bit of an ask for the side to hit the ground running, given that the last time they opened up a major tournament with a win was 10 years ago at the World Cup in Germany. 

England are likely to be well fancied by the bookies to win each of their games, but they can't be complacent as other sides in their group do possess a threat.

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