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Terry Venables believes the current England squad can draw inspiration from Euro 96 as they look to build on their result against Russia. Red Grange Jersey . England were denied victory in their Euro 2016 Group B clash when conceding a stoppage-time goal to draw 1-1 at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday. It was a familiar story for England, who have never won their opening match at a European Championship and began their campaign 20 years ago with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland at Wembley.  England face a crucial Battle of Britain against Wales in Lens on Thursday, evoking memories of their 2-0 victory over Scotland in the group stage at Euro 96.   Paul Gascoigne celebrates his famous goal for England against Scotland at Euro 96 Venables, who was in charge of England during the Championships and led them to the semi-finals before losing on penalties to Germany, is convinced the current crop of players can bounce back from Saturdays disappointment.Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, he said: Thats what happened to us. We had a draw against Switzerland and then we had to play against Scotland. Talking about motivation, you couldnt get more motivation than playing Scotland. England v Wales: Past meetings How have the Three Lions fared in previous meetings against The Dragons? I knew in the first 10, 15, 25 minutes that the Scots would come and hit us like a brick wall. They played really, really well for the opening 30 minutes, but for the rest of the game it went well for us, especially in the second half. The main thing you must make sure of is that you dont lose the opening match. Once you lose, everybody gets a bit nervy, so youve got to hold your nerve. They didnt want to lose the first game, they will want to be winning from the second game onwards.  Eric Dier © stunning free-kick was cancelled out by Vasili Berezutskis header We had Scotland which was a tough game and of course we had the Netherlands and Spain, so the first game was helpful that we did draw. So, dont worry too much about the draw. If its a draw youre still in it.Normally on the first game, you can have a good bet on it being a draw. You find that every team wants to get a point on the board after the opening game so theyve got something they can be happy about and take that into the second game. Terry Venables (L), alongside coach Bryan Robson, led England to the semi-finals of Euro 96 Venables is confident England will improve and has backed Roy Hodgsons Rolls Royce players to start picking up victories. Roy has got the squad, they have been training really well and I think weve got some real Rolls Royce players as far as I am concerned, he said. They have to keep themselves to themselves, let other people do the talking and well do all the action. I think we can look forward to some good results. Also See: Dier: Wales a massive game Hodgson hits back at Bale Hennessey to play through pain England in wind-down mode Charles Leno Jr. Jersey . Tyrell appeared in seven games with the Lightning this year, he had no points in those appearances. The 24-year-old has seven goals and 17 assists in 132 career NHL games, all coming with the Lightning. He was selected in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2007 draft. Riley Ridley Jersey . "Hopefully well get all this out of the way," he said, "and everyone will be healthy the rest of the year." Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and is expected to miss between four to six weeks. . As if the individual strands of grey hair or the increasing amount of joint pain werent reminders enough, the impending end of Jeters career is a slap-in-the-face indicator of a generations fleeting youth.ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Coach Doug Marrone figures the unbeaten Buffalo Bills have much to prove before anyone starts paying them respect. "We know its a long season," Marrone said Monday, a day after the Bills improved to 2-0 with a 29-10 win over Miami. "To sit here and say, Oh, did we expect to have people give us credit? Not when you havent done anything for such a long period of time. I think we understand that." Marrone, of course, was referring to Buffalos 14-season playoff drought that stands as the NFLs longest active streak. This is also a team that has previously found ways of turning promising starts into losing finishes. That most recently happened in 2011, when the Bills opened with three consecutive wins and were 5-2 through October, before losing eight of their last nine. "Weve got to get better each week," said Marrone, who was already looking ahead to hosting the Chargers (1-1) on Sunday. "And really, all of our focus right now is the game thats next, San Diego." The Bills, among seven teams that opened Monday without a loss, still have plenty of room for improvement. Their red-zone offence is an area of concern after Buffalo scored one touchdown and settled for three field goals on five drives inside the Dolphins 20. "We have to focus on the red zone," said rookie receiver Sammy Watkins, who scored his first career touchdown against Miami on a 12-yard catch. "Its sad to just be kicking field goals. Thats something we have to fix." Added offensive guard Chris Williams: "How we played yesterday wont win for us later in the season." Buffalo began Monday tied with New Orleans with an NFL-leading 10 red-zone drives. And yet, Buffalo was tied for 17th with just three red-zone touchdowns. Marrone said the numbers are a little skewed due to circumstance. The Bills only needed a field goal in overtime to secure a season-opening 23-20 win over the Bears. Against Miami, they settled on running the ball to take ttime off the clock on their final two red-zone possessions in the fourth quarter. Thomas Sanders Jersey. Marrone, however, did acknowledge the Bills struggles during the first half, in which they came away with three field goals on three possessions that stalled inside the Dolphins 13. "I dont want to say anything negative but we had opportunities, and we werent able to get it," he said. At least Buffalo is getting solid play from its defence and special teams. The Bills gave up 80 yards rushing against Miami, a week after allowing only 86 against Chicago. Thats a big step for a defence that allowed less than 90 yards rushing only three times last season. Buffalo already has six sacks and has forced five turnovers (two fumbles, three interceptions). Special teams played a significant role against Miami. C.J. Spiller scored on a 102-yard kickoff return, Anthony Dixon blocked a punt, Randell Johnson recovered a muffed punt, and Dan Carpenter hit five of six field-goal attempts. On offence, Marrone is pleased with how the Bills have provided an immediate response following an opponents scoring drive. That was apparent against Miami in a back-and-forth third quarter that ended with Buffalo up 23-10. Spiller scored on the ensuing kickoff after Miami cut Buffalos lead to 9-3. When the Dolphins scored again on Mike Wallaces 7-yard touchdown catch, the Bills replied with a six-play, 77-yard drive capped by Watkins score. In all, Buffalo has trailed for a span of 4:43 this season. Quarterback EJ Manuel will take the wins, and focus on getting better. "Youre never going to be perfect, but the good thing is were still coming out with two wins versus two great teams," Manuel said. "As long as we win, Im happy." In evening his career record at 6-6, the second-year quarterback has been efficient after an inconsistent and injury-shortened rookie season. Hes gone 32 of 48 for 375 yards with two touchdowns, plus one rushing, and one interception. ' ' '

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