FT: Slovenia 2-3 England

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 2:13

FT: Slovenia 2-3 England

FT – SLOVENIA 2-3 ENGLAND England maintain their perfect Euro 2016 qualifying record thanks to Wayne Rooney’s late winner. Roy Hodgson’s men can now seal qualification in September when they take on San Marino and Switzerland.

GOAL! SLOVENIA 2-3 ENGLAND: There will be three minutes of added time…

GOAL! SLOVENIA 2-3 ENGLAND (Rooney) The ball runs into the path of Rooney, who is an acres of space, and he picks his spot to move level with Gary Linekar in England’s goal scoring list.

GOAL! SLOVENIA 2-2 ENGLAND (Pecnik) The former Sheffield Wednesday striker leaps highest at the far post to power a header past Joe Hart for the equaliser.

SLOVENIA 1-2 ENGLAND: Cross! Danger for England as a long ball finds Lazarevic at the far post, but England get bodies back and recover well.

SLOVENIA 1-2 ENGLAND: Kurtic is replaced by Lazarevic for the hosts.

SLOVENIA 1-2 ENGLAND: Cesar is lucky to be still on the field. He catches Rooney with a stray elbow. it’s a nasty challenge but the centre-half is not punished.

SLOVENIA 1-2 ENGLAND: Walcott is on for the final 15 minutes in place of Townsend.

GOAL! SLOVENIA 1-2 ENGLAND (Wilshere) What a strike! It’s better than the first. it’s a lovely England move which features Townsend, Henderson and Lallana before Wilshere fires a 25 yard screamer into the top corner!

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: Another change for the hosts. Kirm is replaced by Pecnik.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: Shot! Townsend cuts in off the right flank and hits a shot! He gets it all wrong and fires an effort wide of the post.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: Shot! Henderson heads the ball into the path of Lallana but the Liverpool forward cannot get his shot on target.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: Excellent passing releases Rooney into the box but his shot cannons back off the post. It wouldn’t have counted anyway as the offside flag was up.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: Cross! Brecko swings in a dangerous cross but Novakovic cannot get on the end of it.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: England are back in control of this one. they are dominating possession once again.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: Shot! Delph is in space and fires a shot goalwards. It’s a tame effort and Handanovic makes a comfortable save.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: Change for the hosts! Illicic is replaced by Birsa.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: CHANCE! It’s another golden chance! Townsend gets the byline and pulls the ball back for Rooney, who fires over the crossbar again.

SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND: Chance! Sterling drives at the heart of the Slovenia defence and lays the ball off to Rooney. He has time to pick his spot but fires over the crossbar from close range.

GOAL! SLOVENIA 1-1 ENGLAND (Wilshere) The ball runs perfectly to Wilshere on the edge of the box and the Arsenal man thunders a strike into the top corner for his first England goal.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: Shot! Another long-range effort from England. this time it’s Delph with a speculative effort but the shot is well blocked.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: Shot! The ball drops to Henderson 25 yards out but he hits a wild shot wide of the post.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: Lallana flicks the ball into the path of Rooney, but the Manchester United strike is just offside.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: England are pinching the ball back well, just as they did in the first half, but they are still struggling to break down Slovenia.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: The reason for the England change is a minor ankle injury to Phil Jones.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: England break quickly but they take far too much time on the ball, allowing Slovenia to block Townsend’s long-range effort.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: Tactical change for England. Henderson has moved to right back with Lallana playing in a central position.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: Slovenia get the second half underway…

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: England are making a change! Phil Jones is coming off and Adam Lallana replaces him.

HT – SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND It’s been a decent performance from England but one lapse of concentration has cost them. Slovenia have the advantage at the break thanks to Milivoje Novakovic’s 37th minute strike.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: England push forward but it’s all too narrow. It’s far too easy for the Slovenian defence.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: It’s Slovenia now dominating possession just before the break.

SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND: England have been sloppy wince the goal. They look slightly rattled since Novakovic’s opener.

GOAL! SLOVENIA 1-0 ENGLAND (Novakovic) It’s come against the run of play as Novakovic ghosts in behind England’s high line, before slotting the ball past Hart and into the far corner.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Shot! Townsend’s never afriad to have a pop from distance and he does just that. However, his tame effort is easily saved by Handanovic.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: England are winning the ball back with ease here. They need to make this dominance count.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: It’s more good work from England, who are dominating possession. They will need to improve their final ball through if they want to take all three points here.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Cross! More good approach play from England but this time it’s Gibbs’ cross which is too close to the goalkeeper.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Free-kick! Henderson whips in a cross into the six yard area but Slovenia are well placed to clear their lines.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Hart puts Gibbs under pressure with a pass, but the Arsenal man does brilliantly to turn away from danger.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Chance! Illicic swings in a free-kick and Illic steals in behind England’s line to get a header away on goal. Hart makes a comfortable save.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Cross! Townsend pounces on a loose ball and stands a cross up towards Rooney, but Handanovic is off his line well to claim the cross.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Save! Quick, incisive play from Delph releases Rooney into the penalty area. The England skipper shoots towards the far post but Handanovic gets down low to his left to make an excellent save.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Rooney has a chance to dig out a shot but he dwindles on the ball too long and the opportunity is gone.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Cross! Sterling receives the ball again, this time on the left flank, and he produces a teasing cross which rolls through the six yard box, evading the waiting Rooney.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Sterling receives the ball on the edge of the box and decides to go on his own. However, he loses the ball with England in a dangerous position.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: England turn defence into attack through the pace of Gibbs. He exchanges passes with Delph before marauding down the left flank. He’s eventually brought down and England have a free-kick.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Shot! Rooney produces a delightful ball with the outside of his boot to release Sterling. The Liverpool forward cuts his side on his right foot, but his shot is deflected wide.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Slovenia produce some crisp passing in the final thrid but England are holding their shape very well at the moment.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Delph swings in a teasing cross and it causes confusion in the Slovenia defence. However, the ball bounces to safety and the home side can, eventually, clear their lines.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Corner! Jones steals away at the back post but his header back across goal is well cleared.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: England work the ball nicely as Wilshere releases Gibbs down the left, but his cross is deflected behind for a corner.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Corner! Novakovic gets his head on the ball at the near post but he cannot direct his header on target.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Chance! The ball breaks to Sterling, who’s in on goal but he lifts the ball over the crossbar.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND:Free-kick! He doesn’t do that and England get a rehearsed routine all wrong!

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Townsend is tripped on the edge of the area. The Tottenham man gets up and is waiting to whip a ball into the box…

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: Danger for England as Ilicic drives at the heart of the defence but a combination of Cahill and Wilshere clear things up for the visitors.

SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND: England, all in red, get the game underway…

England XI to play Slovenia: Hart, Jones, Gibbs, Henderson, Cahill, Smalling, Wilshere, Delph, Sterling, Rooney, Townsend.

Slovenia XI to play England: Handanovic, Cesar, Ilic, Jokic, Brecko, Mertelj, Ilicic, Kampl, Kurtic, Novakovic, Kirm.

Here is a reminder of the two teams…

That’s the pre-match obligations out the way! We are moments away from kick-off…

It’s time for the anthems!

We are just five minutes away from kick-off. The players are making their way out onto the pitch at the SRC Stozice!

Wayne Rooney heads the first goalscorer market at 4/1 followed by Charlie Austin (11/2) and Theo Walcott (6/1), while Milivoje Novakovic is considered Slovenia’s biggest threat at 9/1 to break the deadlock.

STAT! Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last eight games for England.

England are Sky Bet’s odds-on favourites at 17/20, with Slovenia price at 3/1 while the draw is 5/2. The visitors are just 1/25 to top Group E followed by Switzerland at 10/1, while Sunday’s hosts are 25/1 third favourites. Roy Hodgson’s men have conceded just three goals in their nine matches since the World Cup and are 2/1 to win to nil, while a repeat of the 3-1 scoreline in the reverse fixture is 16/1.

Wayne Rooney needs just two goals to equal Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record. Can he do it tonight against Solvenia?

England subs: Lallana, Austin, Milner, Vardy, Clyne, Jagielka, Barkley, Bertrand, Green, Cleverley, Heaton, Walcott.

Slovenia subs: Verbic, Lazarevic, Oblak, Milec, Pecnik, Vidmar, Beric, Rotman, Andelkovic, Birsa, Samardzic.

STAT! England have won all three of their previous matches played against Slovenia in all competitions.

Roy Hodgson has made three changes for England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia but has stuck with Raheem Sterling in Ljubljana. The Three Lions boss plumped for the 20-year-old despite a taxing ending to the season and last weekend suggesting the attacking midfielder did not cope well with the abuse received by home fans in the Republic of Ireland. Hodgson makes three alterations to that lifeless 0-0 friendly draw in Dublin, with Kieran Gibbs, Fabian Delph and Andros Townsend replacing Ryan Bertrand, James Milner and Adam Lallana in Ljubljana.

Slovenia XI to play England: Handanovic, Cesar, Ilic, Jokic, Brecko, Mertelj, Ilicic, Kampl, Kurtic, Novakovic, Kirm.

England XI to play Slovenia: Hart, Jones, Gibbs, Henderson, Cahill, Smalling, Wilshere, Delph, Sterling, Rooney, Townsend.

Welcome to Sky Sports’ minute-by-minute commentary of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia. The teams news is in and we’ll bring that to you next…

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