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Saturday, 15 November 2014
2016 UEFA European Championship Group E qualification match

England 3 Slovenia 1 [0-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-of (GMT): 5.00pm.

Attendance: 82,305.

England kicked-off 93 minutes 45:05 & 48:06

Wayne Rooney penalty 59 58:32
powerful right-footed kick to left of the goal
(Cesar fouled Rooney)
[2-1] Danny Welbeck 66 65:03
 got on the end of a poor Brečko header to volley into the ground from 12 yards
[3-1] Danny Welbeck 72 71:34
 right-footed shot from corner of 6-yard box following one-two with Raheem Sterling pass
[0-1] Jordan Henderson og 57 56:25
a glancing header from 8 yards that took Novaković' freekick over Joe Hart
Kieran Gibbs 52 51:09

Nathaniel Clyne
79 78:06
Raheem Sterling
82 81:26
Phil Jagielka 88 87:10

Boštjan Cesar
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary

Officials from Portugal

England Squad


Slovenia Squad
Referee (red) - Olegário Manuel Bartolo F. Benquerença
45 (18 October 1969), Batalha, FIFA listed 2001.

Assistant Referees - Ricardo Jorge Ferreira Santos, 40 (10 December 1973) and Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares, 40 (1 August 1974).
Fourth official - Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes, 41 (16 January 1973)

Additional Assistant Referees - Carlos
Miguel Taborda Xistra, 40 (2 January 1974) and Marco Ferreira, 37 (8 March 1977).
UEFA Referee Observer - Wilfried Heitmann, Germany
UEFA Delegate - Luis Cuervas Del Real, Spain

13 Goal Attempts 5
5 Attempts on Target 1
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
9 Corner Kicks Won 2
1 Offside Calls Against 3
17 Fouls Conceded 12
58% Possession 42%

England Team



FIFA (23 October 2014) 20th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 11th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney
(seventh (22) captaincy (6))
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
36th match, W 20 - D 11 - L 5 - F 70 - A 28.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27
210 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 48 34ᵍᵃ
  2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 23
224 days
5 April 1991 RB Southampton FC 1 0
79th min., for pulling the shirt of the Slovenian forward he lost the ball to. the 32nd Southampton player to represent England
3 Gibbs, Kieran J.R. 25
50 days
26 September 1989 LB Arsenal FC 5 0
52nd min., for a foul after he treads on the heel of Valter Birsa by the touchline.
4 Henderson, Jordan B. 24
151 days
17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 18 ¹
28th own goal scored by England
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28
331 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 32 3
6 Jagielka, Philip N., injured off 89th min. 32
90 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 33 3
89th min., for a foul at the halfway line on Ljubijankic.
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G. 22
318 days
1 January 1992 DM Arsenal FC 25 0
8 Lallana, Adam D., off 80th min 26
189 days
10 May 1988 LM Liverpool FC 12 0
Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M. 23
354 days
26 November 1990 F/LF Arsenal FC 31 13
the 345th (212th post-war) brace scored
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 29
22 days
24 October 1985 F/CF Manchester United FC 100 43
the 77th penalty kick scored, ninth in-a-row. ninth player & youngest to reach this milestone
Sterling, Raheem S., off 85th min. 19
342 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
AM/RF Liverpool FC 12 0
82nd min., for a foul after he was failing to get the ball from Lazarević.
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 3 Slovenia 1
16 Milner, James P., on 80th min. (79:06) for Lallana 28
315 days
4 January 1986 LM Manchester City FC 52 29 1
17 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 85th min. (84:11) for Sterling 21
92 days
15 August 1993 LF Arsenal FC 19 9 3
12 Smalling, Christopher L., on 89th min. (88:54) for Jagielka 24
360 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 14 11 0
result: England 3 Slovenia 1
unused substitutes: 13-Ben Foster, 14-Calum Chambers, 15-Ross Barkley, 18-Theo Walcott, 19-Stewart Downing, 20-Saido Berahino, 21-Rickie Lambert, 22-Fraser Forster.
team notes: Wayne Rooney becomes England's ninth centurion, following Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).


England have now gone 23 qualification matches unbeaten (W16 D7).
Not since October 2008 have England scored three-or-more goals for three matches-in-a-row.
Wayne Rooney extends the tally of his record goalscoring achievement at the National Stadium to sixteen. He is also the third player to score in three consecutive matches at the National Stadium, following Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch.
second half: 4-3-3
Hart -
Clyne, Cahill, Jagielka
(Smalling), Gibbs -
Wilshere -
Henderson, Lallana
(Milner) -
(Oxlade-Chamberlain) -
Welbeck, Rooney
notes: second half saw Sterling go wide-right, Rooney in the centre and Welbeck to the left
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 308 days Appearances/Goals 28.8 5.5


Slovenia Team



FIFA (23 October 2014) 36th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 48th to 49th
Colours: Made by Nike - Blue v-necked jerseys with Mount Triglav graphic outlined in green/white across front with a visualised echo, blue shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Boštjan Cesar Manager: Srečko Katanec, 51 (16 July 1963 in Yugoslavia), appointed 31 December 2012, took charge 4 January 2013.
17th match, W 7 - D 0 - L 10 -
Slovenia Lineup
1 Handanović, Samir 30
124 days
14 July 1984 G FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 74 82ᵍᵃ
2 Brečko, Mišo 30
198 days
1 May 1984 RB 1.FC Köln 01/07, Germany 72 0
5 Cesar, Boštjan 32
129 days
9 July 1982 CD AC Chievo Verona, Italy 81 6
59th minute for a foul for tripping up a sprinting Wayne Rooney in the area. PENALTY most apps
6 Ilić, Branko 32
282 days
6 February 1983 CD FK Partizan, Serbia 56 0
15 Struna, Andraž 25
206 days
23 April 1989 LB PAS Giannina, Greece 16 0
8 Kurtić, Jasmin, off 75th min 25
309 days
10 January 1989 DM AC Fiorentina, Italy 22 1
22 Mertelj, Aleš 27
238 days
22 March 1987 DM NK Maribor 14 0
10 Birsa, Valter, off 63rd min 28
100 days
7 August 1986 RM AC Chievo Verona, Italy 70 5
17 Kirm, Andraž, off 78th min 30
70 days
6 September 1984 LM AC Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus 65 6
20 Kampl, Kevin 24
37 days
9 October 1990
in Solingen, West Germany
AM FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria 14 1
11 Novaković, Milivoje 35
181 days
18 May 1979 CF Shimizu S-Pulse, Japan 67 28
Slovenia Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Slovenia 1
14 Lazarević, Dejan, on 63rd min. (62:42) for Birsa 24
273 days
15 February 1990 RM AC Chievo Verona, Italy 12 0
scoreline: England 3 Slovenia 1
18 Rotman, Rajko, on 75th min. (74:10) for Kurtic 25
241 days
19 March 1989 DM İstanbul Basaksehir FK, Turkey 4 0
9 Ljubijankić, Zlatan, on 78th (77:15) for Kirm 31
335 days
15 December 1983 LF Omiya Ardija, Japan 44 6
result: England 3 Slovenia 1
unused substitutes: 3-Zeljiko Filipović, 4-Dalibor Stevanović, 7-Nejc Pečnik, 12-Vid Belec, 13-Sinisa Anđelković, 16-Jan Oblak, 19-Dominic Maroh, 21-Martin Milec, 23-Miral Samardžić.
Coach Srecko Katanec played twice against England for Yugoslavia, in November 1986 and November 1987, scoring their only goal in the second match. He also managed FYR Macedonia in the 2006 matches against England.
4-2-4(3-1) Handanović -
Brečko, Ilić, Cesar, Struna -
Kurtić (Rotman), Mertelj -
(Lazarević), Kampl, Kirm (Ljubijankić) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 29 years 106 days Appearances/Goals 50.1 4.3


    Match Report by Mike Payne

After a very poor first-half England finally came to life in this latest European Championship Qualifier, but not before they had gone a goal down to a 'superb' own goal from Jordan Henderson.  In fact, their response to going a goal behind was probably the key to winning the match.

The first ten minutes opened with the usual pattern of recent England internationals, with a probing, cautious approach.  The only threat coming from a long ball to Wayne Rooney, which the new appearance centurion failed to control properly.  The skipper becomes the ninth England player to win 100 caps for his country, and appropriately he received his Golden Cap from the one and only Bobby Charlton, whose record 49 goals total is now within Rooney's sight.  In that first-half though, further goals for Rooney seemed a million miles away as England passed square and backwards many more times than they passed forward.  To be fair, when the back players were in possession there was a distinct lack of movement from the forward players, and there was also a lack of width amongst the midfield players.  It was frustrating to watch.  Having said that, there were very useful contributions from the new full-back partnership of Nathaniel Clyne and Kieron Gibbs.  Clyne showed what a class act he is by regularly being available on the right, and yet defending well when called upon.  Gibbs meanwhile also looked comfortable going forward as England continued to probe the well-organised visitor's defence.

Slovenia were a big side and England had to work hard to try and find a way through.  In the 15th minute, there was a brief glimpse of goal as Clyne passed to Rooney and he set up Raheem Sterling, but alas the final shot went wide.  Then three minutes later Gibbs and Rooney combined for Sterling, but this time the Liverpool player was crowded out by some good defending.  On 20 minutes another England attack saw a long ball reach Danny Welbeck, the centre-forward chesting the ball down for Rooney to shoot over from 20 yards.  Still the Slovenian goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic had not been tested, and the match was somewhat scrappy.  England were struggling with the diamond formation, the passing was poor and Slovenia were able to defend with a large degree of comfort.  They had a chance themselves when Milivoje Novakovic headed wide from a corner, and it was a warning to England.

The remainder of the half didn't show much improvement as Welbeck headed weakly wide, and then shot over after Rooney and Henderson had combined to set him up.  Twice Adam Lallana took awful corners that gave possession away very cheaply and the nearest that England came to a goal was after Jasmin Kurtic passed back to his goalkeeper a little too firmly and only an outstretched leg from the keeper saved the day.  Surely the second half could not be as bad?

Straight after the restart it was obvious that a few words had been said at the break, because England were quickly on to the front foot and attacked in a much more determined manner.  Rooney went close with a header from a corner and Sterling almost wriggled through.  Gibbs and Welbeck combined but Rooney just couldn't quite find the space for a shot, but the signs were better.  Gibbs picked up a booking, as did Clyne on his debut, the latter a bit unfortunate.  On 55 minutes great work by Rooney set up a header by Phil Jagielka but the goalkeeper was equal to it.  Two minutes later and the ball was suddenly in England's net!

England gave away a silly free-kick on the left, not for the first time on the night, and Novakovic's lovely flighted cross was 'brilliantly' headed home by Henderson, into his own net!  It was a goal many a centre-forward would have been proud of, although I don't think Joe Hart was too pleased.

If ever a quick response was required from England it was now.  Luckily for them, and probably crucially in the context of the match, they found the perfect reposte.  A positive move forward found Rooney on the edge of the Slovenian penalty area, and as he weaved his way into the box Bostjan Cesar clipped him from behind.  The referee had no hesitation and awarded the spot-kick.  It was only going to be one player who was going to take the kick and Rooney celebrated his special night by shooting home, despite Handanovic getting a firm hand to the ball.  It was the tonic England needed desperately, and to be fair, from then on they took command of the game.

Three minutes later though England nearly shot themselves in the foot again as Jagielka made a mistake that almost led to Kevin Kampl restoring the Slovenian lead.  Luckily for England and the Everton man, Gary Cahill made a splendid block tackle to save the day.  But five minutes later England did gain the lead for the first time, and although the goal was a little scrappy, it came after a strong attacking spell.  Lallana featured heavily, and it was his cross that the goalkeeper couldn't hold, and as the ball bounced out Welbeck followed up to scuff a bouncing shot into the open part of the net.  Scruffy, but effective, and because of their dominant possession it was just about deserved by England.

On 70 minutes Lallana's deep cross was headed over by Rooney, but two minutes later England sealed the result with a fine third goal.  In the best move of the match Lallana passed to Gibbs, on to Welbeck, a lovely one-two with Sterling and a cool, composed finish from the Arsenal striker.  It was a fine goal and at this level you have to admire Welbeck's goalscoring record.

A succession of substitutes followed in the last 15 minutes but chances still came along, mostly for England.  Clyne's only error of the game was almost punished by Rajko Rotman as the substitute hit a fierce shot just wide.  At the other end Welbeck went close again and late substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed an admirable appetite for attacking.  Twice he went close and after Sterling received a very unlucky booking Oxlade-Chamberlain so nearly put Rooney in for a goal.  The final action saw another fierce shot, this time from Ales Mertelj, that flew just wide of Hart's goal.

In the end it was a comfortable win for England, and there were good individual performances, from the back four, Rooney, Welbeck and, in the second half, Wilshere.  However it has to be said that it would be nice if a good England performance could last for the full 90 minutes rather than just 45.  But we go into the New Year with 12 points out of 12 in our group, and you cannot argue with that.

Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor