Slovenia 0 England 0

Written Ese Agboaye

Gareth Southgate’s first away match ended in a dour draw as England struggled to find a way past a stern Slovenia side.

The first half saw chances from England, with the best coming from Theo Walcott where he only just missed the target.

England could’ve been a goal down going into half time, as Eric Dier mistimed a pass, but Joe Hart was there to spare Dier’s blushes.

Soon after, Daniel Sturridge was in on goal but thought to have been fouled, but the referee saw nothing in that challenge. Penalty?

Towards the end of the first half, Kyle Walker’s cross told pretty much the whole story of the half as he saw his effort go well wide.

The second half saw Andros Townsend cross, but it only found the opposition keeper.

England could’ve again fallen behind as Jordan Henderson carelessly made a pass to allow Slovenia through, but again, Hart was there to make a fine effort.

The best chance of the second half for England saw Wayne Rooney fire just wide.

Towards the end, it all got a bit heated following a foul by Cahill, and Jesse Lingard got involved in the fracas, but got a talking to by Hart who presumably told him to keep his head together.

The result means that England drop points for the first time since qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Man of the Match would no doubtedly be Joe Hart as if it wasn’t for him, (no offence to Fraser Forster and Jordan Pickford), England could as well have lost, so kudos to him for saving England a point.

Overall, England were just simply lethargic, chances were created, but it was just not up to standard.

With two games to go, its too early to question whether Southgate deserves the job on a fulltime basis. Perhaps that’ll be discussed following the friendly against Spain.

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