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Graham Roberts congratulates Tottenham Hotspur players in England's 1-1 draw with Russia.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

Tottenham Hotspur legend Graham Roberts has congratulated Spurs' English contingent for their efforts in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Russia in Marseille.

The Three Lions, made up of five Tottenham players in the first XI, were mere minutes away from getting their Euro 2016 campaign off to a flyer as Spurs midfielder Eric Dier netted a fine free kick on 73 minutes.

However, Russia defender Vasili Berezutski headed home a last-minute equaliser for Leonid Slutsky's side.

Tottenham hitman Harry Kane led the line, with club team-mate Dele Alli in support, but the 22-year-old striker, whose 25 Premier League goals earned him the Golden Boot this past season, struggled to get into the game at times.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, who scored one less in the Premier League as the Foxes won the title, was in reserve, but manager Roy Hodgson opted against using him, and Roberts suggests the England boss was too "negative".

England are back in action on Thursday as they clash with fellow Britons Wales, who beat Slovakia 2-1 on Saturday night, with Gareth Bale netting a trademark free kick.

England's Jamie Vardy in action

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