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Sunday, 14 June 2015
European Championship 2016 Group E qualification match

Slovenia 2 England 3 [1-0]

Stadion Stožice, Bezigrad, Ljubljana
Attendance: 15,796 (sold-out);
Kick-off: 6.01pm CEST, 5.01pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Slovenia - Milivoje Novakovic (fifteen-yard placed shot 37 36:56) Pecnik (six-yard header 84 83:33)
England - Jack Wilshere (twenty-yard strike into top corner 57 56:10, twenty-five yard strike 73 72:47), Wayne Rooney (eighteen-yard side footed shot 86 85:30)
Match Summary
Slovenia Squad
England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Slovenia - Branko Ilic (57 56:40), Kevin Kampl (90+2 91:41)

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (45:16 & 48:00).


Match Summary

Officials from Spain




Referee (dark blue) - Alberto Undiano Mallenco
41 (8 October 1973), Pamplona, FIFA listed 2004.

Assistant Referees - Raúl Cabañero Martínez, 33 (29 August 1981),Murcia, and Ángel Nevado Rodríguez

Fourth official - Javier Aguilar Rodríguez
Additional Assistant Referees -
Carlos Clos Gómez, 41 (30 June 1972), Zaragoza & Juan Martínez Munuera, 34 (13 July 1982), Benidorm.

UEFA Referee Observer - Murat Ilgaz
, Turkey
UEFA Delegate - Per Svärd
, Sweden

7 Goal Attempts 22
3 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
1 Corner Kicks Won 3
  Offside Calls Against  
12 Fouls Conceded 15
42% Possession 58%

Slovenia Team



FIFA (4 June 2015) 48th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 53rd
Colours: Made by Nike - White v-necked jerseys with Mount Triglav graphic outlined in green/blue across front with a visualised echo, white shorts, white socks.
Capt: Boštjan Cesar Manager: Srecko Katanec, 51 (16 July 1963 in Yugoslavia), appointed 31 December 2012, took charge 4 January 2013.
21st match, W 9 - D 0 - L 12 -
Slovenia Lineup
1 Handanovic, Samir 30 14 July 1984 G FC Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 76 83 GA
2 Brecko, Mišo 31 1 May 1984 RB 1.FC Köln 01/07 eV, Germany 75 0
13 Jokic, Bojan 29 17 May 1986 LB Villareal CF SAD, Spain 69 1
22 Mertelj, Aleš 28 22 March 1987 DM NK Maribor 16 0
5 Cesar, Boštjan 32 9 July 1982 CD AC Chievo Verona SrL, Italy 83 6
6 Ilic, Branko 32 6 February 1983 CD FK Partizan, Serbia 59 1
Ilic cautioned in the 56th minute following Wilshere's equalising goal
7 Ilicic, Josep, off 61st min. 27 29 January 1988 RM ACF Fiorentina SpA, Italy 29 2
8 Kurtic, Jasmin, off 79th min. 26 10 January 1989 DM ACF Fiorentina SpA, Italy 25 1
17 Kirm, Andraz 30 6 September 1984 LM AC Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus 38 6
20 Kampl, Kevin 24 9 October 1990
born in Germany
AM BV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 17 2
Kampl cautioned in the 92nd minute for Dissent for disputing with the referee's decision that he had fouled Rooney outside the penalty area.
11 Novakovic, Milivoje 36 18 May 1979 CF Nagoya Grampus Eight, Japan 69 30
Slovenia Substitutes
scoreline: Slovenia 1 England 1
10 Birsa, Valter, on 61st min (60:23) for Illicic 28 7 August 1986 M AC Chievo Verona SrL, Italy 72 5
19 Pecnik, Nejc, on 72nd min. (71:07) for Kirm 29 3 January 1986 M JEF United Ichihara Chiba, Japan 28 5
scoreline: Slovenia 1 England 2
14 Lazarevic, Dejan, on 79th min. (78:08) for Kurtic 25 15 February 1990 M US Sassuolo Calcio SrL, Italy 16 1
result: Slovenia 2 England 3

unused substitutes:

3-Siniša Andelkovic, 4-Miral Samardzic, 9-Robert Beric,12-Jan Oblak, 16-Nejc Vidmar, 18-Rajko Rotman, 21-Martin Milec, 23-Benjamin Verbic.

team notes:

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.
Boštjan Cesar extends his Slovenian record appearance tally.
4-2-3-1 Handanovic -
Brecko, Ilic, Cesar, Jokic -
Mertelj, Kurtic
(Lazarevic) -
(Birsa), Kampl, Kirm (Pecnik) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 29.5 Appearances/Goals 50.5 4.4


England Team



FIFA (4 June 2015) 15th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 10th
Colours: The Nike 2014 away uniform - Red crew necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes, red shorts, red socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney, twelfth captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
41st match, W 23 - D 13 - L 5 - F 81 - A 32.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 28 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 52 37 GA
2 Jones, Philip A., injured off 46th min. 23 21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 17 0
3 Gibbs, Kieran J.R. 26 26 September 1989 LB Arsenal FC 8 0
4 Henderson, Jordan B. 24 17 June 1990 RM/RB Liverpool FC 22 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 29 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 36 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 25 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 18 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G. 23 1 January 1992 CM Arsenal FC 28 2
8 Delph, Fabian, off 84th min. 25 21 November 1989 LM Aston Villa FC 6 0
9 Sterling, Raheem S. 20 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
LF Liverpool FC 16 1
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 29 24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 105 48
11 Townsend, Andros D., off 74th min. 23 16 July 1991 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 9 3
England Substitutes
scoreline: Slovenia 1 England 0
17 Lallana, Adam D., on 46th min. for Jones 27 10 May 1988 M Liverpool FC 15 0
scoreline: Slovenia 1 England 2
14 Walcott, Theo J., on 74th min. (73:50) for Townsend 26 16 March 1989 F Arsenal FC 40 5
scoreline: Slovenia 2 England 2
22 Clyne, Nathaniel E., on 84th min. (83:53) for Delph 24 5 April 1991 RB Southampton FC 5 0
result: Slovenia 2 England 3

unused substitutes:

12-Ryan Bertrand, 13-Rob Green, 15-Phil Jagielka, 16-James Milner, 18-Charlie Austin, 19-Tom Cleverley, 20-Ross Barkley, 21-Jamie Vardy, 23-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Wayne Rooney breaks Bobby Charlton's record of scoring in 37 matches, by scoring in his 38th.
4-3-3 Hart -
(Lallana), Cahill, Smalling, Gibbs -
Henderson, Wilshere, Delph
(Clyne) -
(Walcott), Rooney, Sterling
notes: When Lallana replaced Jones, Henderson went right-back.
Following Slovenia's equaliser, Clyne was brought on as right-back, allowing Henderson to regain his midfield position.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.0 Appearances/Goals 28.8 4.9


    Match Report by Mike Payne

After the Dustcart, comes the Lord Mayor's Show!  After the awful match in Dublin the previous weekend, we were treated to a terrific game, and a super England victory that takes them a step nearer to qualification for the European Championships next summer.  Right from the first whistle England were sharp, positive and played with a real sense of purpose.  It wouldn't be England if there wasn't a few stumbles along the way, and there were a couple during this match, but overall the win was richly deserved.

As early as the fourth minute Raheem Sterling had a wonderful chance to open the scoring, when a fine pass from Wayne Rooney gave the under pressure Liverpool youngster the perfect chance to answer his critics.  Unfortunately, in trying to lob the goalkeeper, Sterling hit the ball a fraction too hard and the ball cleared the crossbar.  To the lad's great credit the miss never affected him and he was a thorn in Slovenia's side for the whole game.  Four minutes later a terrific move of one-touch football only ended when Kieran Gibbs saw his cross deflected.  The positive start was encouraging and England dominated possession for long periods.  Another fine pass saw a good shot by Sterling deflected wide and it seemed only a matter of time before England would take the lead.

Fabian Delph's powerful running and Jordan Henderson's link-up play was perfectly complemented by a thrilling display from Jack Wilshere.  His touch and vision was excellent throughout and he was involved again when Rooney fired in a shot only to see Samir Handanovic make a wonderful one-handed save.  England were getting closer, as Andros Townsend then put in a good cross that was saved.  At the other end, only a free-kick by Milivoje Novakovic troubled Joe Hart, but the shot was an easy save.  A draw or a defeat would be of no use to Slovenia and they pressed forward when they could, But England held all the aces at this stage.  Sterling was tripped when almost through and then Townsend saw another effort saved.  The only worry was that England had had all the pressure but could not find a route to goal.  Then, on 37 minutes, the unthinkable happened.

A lapse in concentration at the back, which stemmed from a bad throw-in from Phil Jones, saw England's defence exposed as Josep Llicic was able to pass through Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill to send Novakovic on an unchallenged run at goal.  To the veteran's credit he took his chance brilliantly as Hart tried to narrow the angle, slipping the ball wide of the keeper and in off the post.  It was a bitter blow for England and for a few moments they lost their composure.  To be losing at half-time was a travesty if truth be told, but it just goes to show it is no good having oodles of possession if you don't make it pay with goals.

The break gave Roy Hodgson the chance to have a word with his players, and at the restart the manager replaced the injured Jones with Adam Lallana, pushing Henderson to right-back.  On the surface this seemed a strange move, especially with specialist right-back Nathaniel Clyne on the bench.  As it turned out though the substitute played a big part in the fightback by England.  From the restart England went onto the front foot.  A good break ended because no England player wanted to shoot, and then Henderson hit a shot well wide.  It seemed that Slovenia, at this point, were happy to hold what they had, but eventually the pressure told and on 57 minutes England finally equalised.  An attack down the right saw Lallana in the thick of the action and when the ball was half-cleared there was Wilshere, following up, to lash home a tremendous shot from the edge of the penalty area.  It was his first goal for England and emphasised a brilliant performance by the Arsenal player. 

England were now in the ascendency, and a minute later a superb run by Sterling set up Rooney for what seemed a certain goal.  Somehow the skipper contrived to miss the target when it seemed easier to score.  And then another minute into the game Townsend great pull back to Rooney presented the striker with an even easier chance.  Again Rooney was found wanting, but it was also good to see England stepping on the gas.  Surely the chances would continue to come.  Delph, Lallana and Townsend all had efforts at goal before, finally, England deservedly took the lead, and what a cracking goal it was.  A superb move down the right involving Henderson and Townsend saw the ball fed towards Lallana.  A clever back flick from the Liverpool man laid the ball into the path of Wilshere, who took one touch before unleashing an unstoppable shot to make it 2-1 to England.

Theo Walcott was immediately sent on for Townsend as England looked to exploit some tired home legs with a burst of pace.  Bostjan Cesar was extremely lucky not to receive a straight red card when he went in on Rooney with, what amounted to, a forearm smash that Mick McManus would have been proud of!  Cesar didn't even receive a yellow for that one.

England had looked good offensively in this match, but there were still doubts at the back.  The back four all looked a little shaky at times and there was no dominant figure taking control.  This was to prove costly in the 84th minute as a move down the left gave the impressive Bojan Jokic the chance to send over a wonderful cross to the far post where Nejc Pecnik outjumped the flatfooted Gibbs to head home.  It was a good header, well taken, but woeful defending by England. 

Just as it seemed that England's unblemished record in the group matches had come to an end there was time for one last twist in the tale.  On 86 minutes Henderson passed towards Walcott but it was intercepted by a defender, only for the ball to run into the path of Rooney.  The striker had missed several glorious opportunities earlier, but this time there was no mistake as he side-footed wide of the crestfallen goalkeeper for his 48th England goal.  It takes Rooney level with Gary Lineker and just one behind Bobby Charlton's all-time record.

As there always is with England after an international, there is plenty to put right and problem areas of the team.  But you cannot fault a perfect six out of six wins and an unbeaten run that has stretched throughout the whole season.  Let us spend the summer focusing on the positives on what was an entertaining and exciting England victory.  Oh, and one other thing, please wrap Jack Wilshere up in cotton wool, because more performances like this one could make him a serious contender for England legend status.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor