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We've Met Before - England Vs Slovenia
ENGLAND v SLOVENIA: WE’VE MET BEFORE
The two nations have clashed only five times, and the goalless draw in Ljubljana 12 months ago was the first time Slovenia have emerged unbeaten. Joe Hart had to be at his best to keep the hosts at bay as Gary Cahill marked his 50th cap with a hard-earned clean sheet.
The first fixture between the two countries came in a Wembley friendly in September 2009. Frank Lampard broke the deadlock with a 31st-minute penalty before Jermain Defoe doubled Fabio Capello’s side’s lead with a precise 20-yard finish after the break. Zlatan Ljubijankic bagged a late consolation for the visitors.
There was far more at stake when England met Slovenia at the World Cup finals in South Africa less than a year later. Defoe again proved to be a thorn in Slovenia’s side at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, bagging the game’s only goal from James Milner’s 22nd-minute cross to secure England’s passage into the Round of 16 – and set up a tie with Germany.
It was four years before the two nations met again after being paired together in the same European Championship qualifying group. England fell behind to Jordan Henderson’s 57th-minute own goal at Wembley in November 2014 but were soon level. Wayne Rooney crowned his 100th international appearance by levelling from the penalty spot two minutes later. With Nathaniel Clyne making his debut, Danny Welbeck proved the Three Lions’ match-winner, netting in the 66th and 72nd minutes to secure a 3-1 victory.
The return match in Ljubljana the following June was a five-goal thriller. Jack Wilshere’s spectacular second-half double – his first and only goals to date for his country – overturned Milivoje Novakovic’s opener, only for Nejc Petnik’s header to restore parity six minutes from time. But Rooney had the final say, with his 86th-minute winner making it six wins out of six in Group E qualifying matches for Euro 2016.
2009 Wembley Friendly England 2 Slovenia 1
2010 Port Elizabeth World Cup Finals England 1 Slovenia 0
2014 Wembley ECQ England 3 Slovenia 1
2015 Ljubljana ECQ Slovenia 2 England 3
2016 Ljubljana WCQ Slovenia 0 England 0
OVERALL RECORD England v Slovenia
Competition PLD W D L F A
WC 1 1 0 0 1 0
WCQ 1 0 1 0 0 0
ECQ 2 2 0 0 6 3
Friendly 1 1 0 0 2 1
Overall 5 4 1 0 9 4