England were fortunate to come away with a point following their trip to Slovenia. The best chances of the game went to Slovenia, who were denied by some excellent saves from Joe Hart, notably at the start of the second half. The big story before the game was that Rooney was being dropped for Dier, but Dier and Henderson both had poor games in the middle of the park and put the defence in trouble. Going forwards, England struggled to create chances and any kind of a threat only seemed to come in the final third of the game after Townsend was brought on from the bench. However, the threat posed by England was rare and Oblak only had one save to make when Lingard shot from 25 yards. The point keeps England top of the group, but with the exception of Hart’s saves, there were no positives to take from this game in terms of player performances from the game. Whilst England will remain favourites to qualify from the group, it is incredibly difficult to see how they will make a big impact at the World Cup (assuming they qualify) with performances like that.
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