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Match Thread: Slovenia vs England. Kick off: 17:00

Match Thread: Slovenia vs England. Kick off: 17:00
Match Thread: Slovenia vs England. Kick off: 17:00

Slovenia 2-3 England. Novakovic 37, Pecnik 85 Wilshere 56, 74 Rooney 87

Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana. Kick off: 17:00

We're pretty much qualified lads. It's just pure, unfiltered banter from here on in. Can we go unbeaten in qualifiers, unlike Spain? Lol at Spain. And Germany. Lol at them too. Just give us the Euros now. There's barely any point in playing the actual tournament. Our opponents today are Slovenia. Who we beat 3-1 in November. This game will almost certainly be trickier away from home.

England 1-0 Slovenia from the World Cup in 2010. Completely forgot this game happened tbh. It was...

Friendly from 2009. No, me neither. 2-1 apparently.

World in Motion.

ENGLAND

OSGOOD; PETERS; WILKINS; WITHE; EUBANK; WOLF; HARVEY

SLOVENIA

ZAHOVIC; HANDANOVIC; NOVAKOVIC; CESAR; ZIZEK; IVANEK; VUJACIC

HARRY REDKNAPP'S EXCLUSIVE MATCH PREVIEW

LINEUPS

Slovenia: Handanovič, Brečko, Cesar(C), B. Ilič, Jokić, Iličić (Birsa 61), Kurtič ( Lazarevic 79), Kirm ( Pecnik 72), Kampl, Mertelj, Novakovic

England: Hart, Jones (Lallana 45), Cahill, Smalling, Gibbs; Henderson, Wilshere, Delph; Sterling, Rooney, Townsend ( Walcott 74). (4-3-3)

KICK OFF

4 mins: England have a free kick on the edge of the area which is wasted.

5 mins: Rooney plays a great ball in behind the Slovenia defence to Sterling. Sterling puts it over however.

13 mins: Sterling works a good chance on the edge of the Slovenia area, but he fires just wide.

19 mins: Sterling again down the left fashions a good cross after driving to the byline. The ball crosses the six yard line but there's no-one there.

22 mins: Delph drives through the middle and feeds Rooney at an angle. Rooney drives one in low left footed and Handanovic makes a superb save to turn it behind for a corner.

25 mins: Ilicic plays in a good ball from a deep free kick. Ilic gets a head to it, but it goes straight at Joe Hart.

37 mins: GOAL 1-0 SLOVENIA (NOVAKOVIC) England play a high line and get caught out in behind by Novakovic after a through ball from Ilicic. Novakovic finishes very well with Hart closing down on him.

HALF TIME

Second half kicks off.

53 mins: Not a huge amount happening so far. England trying to get in behind with moderate success. Henderson fires a shot well wide from 35 yards.

56 mins: GOAL 1-1 ENGLAND WILSHERE Lallana and Sterling dick around in the area and the ball eventually breaks to the edge where Jack Wilshere rifles one into the top corner, with the keeper getting a hand to it.

58 mins: Sterling runs into the area and feeds Rooney, who blasts miles over the bar.

59 mins: Another chance for Rooney after a run from Sterling, again. Rooney scoops it over.

74 mins: GOAL 1-2 ENGLAND WILSHERE An outstanding goal by any measure. Henderson plays a 1-2 and marauds down the right. He plays it into Lallana, who lays it off for Wilshere, who wallops it into the top corner.

83 mins: A bit of Slovenia pressure here. A ball to the back post nearly lets them in after Henderson misjudges the flight of the cross.

85 mins: GOAL SLOVENIA 2-2 PECNIK A great cross from the left side reaches Pecnik who jumps high and heads it very well into the bottom corner. Hart can do nothing.

87 mins: GOAL 2-3 ENGLAND ROONEY Rooney is played through and finishes well for the first time today. He now moves level with Gary Lineker on 48 goals.

FULL TIME

An actual football match broke out in the second half and England played well. It was fairly end to end and England remain at 100%. See you all in September.

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