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SLOVAKIA V ENGLAND - DID YOU KNOW?
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SLOVAKIA V ENGLAND - DID YOU KNOW?

1) England have lost three World Cup penalty shoot-outs; no other country has failed in so many spot-kick finishes.

2) England have appeared at 14 World Cups and are bidding to make it nine out of the last 10 as they begin their qualifying campaign.

3) This will be the fifth game between England and Slovakia, with England winning the first three and drawing the fourth – in France at the Euro 2016 finals.

4) Michael Owen celebrated his 50th cap for England by scoring both goals in a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium in 2003.

5) Indeed, Owen claimed both goals in the 2-1 win in Bratislava a year earlier. Though David Beckham claimed the first goal with a 35-yard free kick, Owen claimed to have got a touch – though replays showed he made no contact!

6) In 2009 David Beckham broke Bobby Moore’s outfield appearance record for England with his 109th cap against Slovakia in a 4-0 friendly win at Wembley. Beckham went on to win 115 England caps.

7) England tend to do well in their opening World Cup qualifiers; they have lost just one of 15 opening qualifiers, against Germany in October 2000. It was the final game at the old Wembley and following the defeat manager Kevin Keegan resigned.

8) England have won 11 of the other 14 and have scored four or more goals in eight of those games.

9) On the three occasions that England have failed to qualify they have won two and drawn one of their openers.

10) England Opening World Cup Qualifiers -

1950 Wales 1 England 4
1954 Wales 1 England 4
1958 England 5 Denmark 2
1962 Luxembourg 0 England 9
1966 Qualified as hosts
1970 Qualified as holders
1974 Wales 0 England 1*
1978 Finland 1 England 4*
1982 England 4 Hungary 0
1986 England 5 Finland 0
1990 England 0 Sweden 0
1994 England 1 Norway 1*
1998 Moldova 0 England 3
2002 England 0 Germany 1
2006 Austria 2 England 2
2010 Andorra 0 England 2
2014 Moldova 0 England 5

*Did not qualify

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