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SLOVAKIA V ENGLAND – HISTORY
England will need no reminding of their most recent clash with Slovakia – in Saint-Etienne just two months ago. England made six changes, with Wayne Rooney dropping to the bench, and they were subsequently held to a 0-0 draw.
However, that was enough to finish second in their group, behind Wales, but they lost to Iceland in the round of 16.
Against Slovakia England had the best of the chances, with Martin Skrtel, formerly of Liverpool, clearing off the line from Dele Alli. Jamie Vardy and Nathaniel Clyne were also unlucky as Slovakia held on.
The first meeting came back in 2002, in their opening European Championship qualifier and England came from behind to secure a valuable three points.
Szilard Nemeth, of Middlesbrough, gave Slovakia a shock lead. David Beckham’s 35-yard free-kick restored parity before Michael Owen secured a 2-1 victory.
In the return fixture, at Middlesbrough, Owen found the net twice to help England avoid an embarrassment after Vladimir Janocko had given the visitors the lead.
Owen, captain in place of the absent Beckham, responded by winning and converting a penalty. And after Frank Lampard had a goal ruled out for offside, Owen converted Steven Gerrard’s cross.
The next meeting was a Wembley friendly, in 2009, and England romped to a 4-0 victory.
Emile Heskey gave England the lead after just seven minutes and, 20 minutes from the end Rooney nodded in Beckham’s cross. Lampard added a third before Rooney claimed his second and England’s fourth in added time.
|2002||Bratislava||ECQ||Slovakia 1 England 2|
|2003||Middlesbrough||ECQ||England 2 Slovakia 1|
|2009||Wembley||Friendly||England 4 Slovakia 0|
|2016||Saint-Etienne||ECF||Slovakia 0 England 0|