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Leonid Slutski puts Russia through their paces ahead of Euro 2016 showdown against England

There was nothing cloak and dagger about Russia's open training session today - England's opponents were happy to let anybody look in on a full workout.

By Matthew Dunn

UEFA require each of the 24 finalists to have one of their pre-tournament sessions accessible for the general public and England's version on Tuesday in Chantilly turned into something of a circus.

After local children sang the national anthem, players entertained them with little more than an exhibition of ball-juggling skills throughout the morning.

Roy Hodgson and his staff deliberately did their more serious work behind security-patrolled closed doors during the afternoon, safely away from spying eyes.

By contrast the Russians, led on a part-time basis by CSKA manager Leonid Slutski, took part in an 11-a-side game between the two penalty areas - a fully-engaged and noisy clash at their training base by the banks of the Seine.

It meant a full run out for 22 of the squad - the only absentee was 32-year-old playmaker Dmitri Torbinski, who was rested as a precaution.

Torbinski had only been called up to the Russia squad last month as a late replacement for Alan Dzagoev, who broke a metatarsal bone in the final round of Russian league matches.

express.co.uk, Jun 8, 2016

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