Preview - England vs Slovenia 6 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 05, 2017, 08:35 PM

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England vs Slovenia

For England, on offer is a direct ticket to next year's World Cup finals in Russia. They require just two points from their final two games to win Group F. But they can certainly do it in style by beating Slovenia on Thursday night. The man basking in the limelight will be Harry Kane, who will captain his country again but there's still no word from Gareth Southgate on who will be the permanent skipper.

The reverse fixture back in October was a narrow goalless draw. Kane's Tottenham colleague, Dele Alli, is unavailable after being handed a one-match FIFA suspension for an offensive middle finger gesture in England's 2-1 win over Slovakia last month. Seven of England's last nine goals are produced by Tottenham players, scored or assisted. Slovenia are at full strength and have a top-notch goalkeeper in Jan Oblak, rated as one of Europe's top custodians.


Match Stats:

  • England 1-0 Slovenia
  • Shots: 14-4
  • Possession: 65%-35%
  • Corner kicks: 10-4

Harry Kane's injury-time winner secured England's qualification for next summer's World Cup with victory against Slovenia - but this was a display designed to dampen any sense of expectation.

Kane, England captain for the night, bundled in Kyle Walker's cross for his 11th goal in 22 international appearances to finally break down Slovenia's resistance as they looked likely to hold out for a point.

It meant manager Gareth Southgate can now start planning in earnest for Russia but could not cover up the cracks in an England performance that was lifeless, uninspired and mediocre.

Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling almost broke the deadlock before Kane made his breakthrough, the hosts were also grateful to much-criticised keeper Joe Hart for some crucial interventions.

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