Full-time: Slovakia 0-1 England

  • Adam Lallana scored his first international goal with the last kick of the game.
  • Martin Skrtel is sent off after stamping on Harry Kane.
  • Adam Lallana hit the post in the second half.
  • Theo Walcott had a goal disallowed for offside in added time.
Sam Allardyce says England job is 'pinnacle' of his career Reuters

Full-time: Slovakia 0-1 England

All over and Sam Allardyce starts his tenure as the England manager with a win. In truth, it was another uninspiring performance - but England have the three points and start the group with a win.

Big Sam's honeymoon will continue for another 90 minutes at least. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the game - and be sure to check out IBTimes UK for post-match coverage.

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana proved to be the hero for England Getty Images


GOAL: Slovakia 0-1 England (Lallana)

Amazing! Adam Lallana has his first international goal in the most dramatic of circumstances!

The Liverpool man squeezes the ball through the keeper's legs from close range to send the team into delirium. The Three Lions were pressing and pressing and pressing and finally, Lallana found the all-important goal with seconds remaining.



England have the ball in the net - but it won't count! Theo Walcott is judged to be offside after poking home from close range.

Struridge had the ball in the box and it somehow found its way to the Arsenal star. England claim it came off a Slovakia defender. I'm not sure.

Anyway, we're into four added minutes.


We're almost into added time now, as Sturridge selfishly shoots from distance. England have looked as poor tonight as they did at the Euros - and Big Sam is furiously chewing on his gum now.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli dribbles with the ball Getty Images


Slovakia are starting to waste time now, knowing they are painfully close to securing a potentially priceless point.

From England's latest attack, Theo Walcott sends a right-footed effort wide. He was offside, though, so it didn't matter.


England have a freekick on their left flank. Rooney is the man stood over it, but Stones cannot get his head on it.

Then, on the other wing, Walcott sends over a pinpoint cross to Sturridge but his efforts goes wide of the post. England (and Big Sam) are running out of time.

The England bench look frustrated
The England bench look frustrated Getty Images


Wayne Rooney goes down in the box, but nothing is doing. Rightly so, too, because Rooney threw himself to the ground, desperately looking for a penalty kick.

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney gets some instructions from the touchline Getty Images


Daniel Sturridge is coming on now, meaning we won't be seeing anything of Jamie Vardy this evening. Harry Kane is the man who makes way.

There are ten minutes left in Slovakia.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane tries to fashion a chance for England Getty Images


From nowhere, Lallana almost breaks his international duck with a spectacular effort from distance that rebounds back off the near post. The ball subsequently falls to Walcott, who skews his effort well wide.

That's the closest England have come and while they're not exactly Brazil 1970, this is better. They're knocking on the door after 80 minutes of utter dross.


Tick-tcck, tick-tock ... time is fast running out for England here. Remember, they're playing against a pretty modest side, who have been reduced to ten men.

This isn't how Big Sam will have dreamed of starting his rein as England boss.

Frustrations show on the touchline
Frustrations show on the touchline Getty Images


Back on the pitch, meanwhile, and Wayne Rooney is stood over a freekick around 30 yards from goal. England's all-time top scorer hits it with his right foot, but he cannot dip it below the bar. A good effort, mind you.


Alli is brought down and a freekick is awarded, even though England wanted to play advantage.

Anyway, Allardyce has played his second sub - and it's not the one I suspected. Theo Walcott replaces Raheem Sterling.


England are cranking up the pace a bit now, without creating too many clear-cut chances. Slovakia have 20-odd minutes to survive.

Rooney finds Alli in the box, and his effort ultimately goes behind for another England corner... again, nothing comes of it. England are desperate for a bit of inspiration. Time for Vardy or Sturridge, surely.

Martin Skrtel
Martin Skrtel sees red Getty Images


Alli is playing ahead of Rooney, who is appearing in an attacking midfield role now. What happened to Rooney playing where he lines up for Manchester United? *sighs*

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling bemoans a mistake Getty Images


With just over an hour gone, Big Sam is set to make his first change. Dele Alli it is, who takes the place of Jordan Henderson. We'll wait to see what that means for England's formation.

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce cuts a frustrated figure Getty Images


RED CARD: Skrtel

It's been an accident waiting to happen. Martin Skrtel goes for a second yellow after another clash with Harry Kane.

He tackled the Tottenham man and then when Kane was lying on the ground, Skrtel decided to stamp on him. Madness, that, and this game is England's to win now.

Martin Skrtel
Martin Skrtel was involved in an ongoing battle with Harry Kane Getty Images


Skrtel commits another rash challenge. He could be in trouble here ... but no, there's still no second yellow for the former Liverpool man.

The resulting freekick is met by Henderson at the back post, though he can't find a teammate in the middle.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane was caught by Martin Skrtel Getty Images


This isn't great at the moment from England. Slovakia are hardly worldbeaters... There latest effort, from Harry Kane, is deflected into the arms of the goalkeeper.

No signs of a subs yet, though.


A Sterling shot is deflected wide in the early stages of the second half. England now seem to be playing more of a 4-2-3-1, with Kane playing ahead of Rooney.


Right then, the players are back out and we're under way in England's first World Cup qualifier.

Sterling is already on the left and Lallana on the right. I'll keep my eyes peeled for any further changes.

Gary Cahill battles for the ball
Gary Cahill battles for the ball Getty Images


It's been an all-too-familiar tale for England fans. The Three Lions have seen plenty of the ball, but it's all a bit slow and lacking inspiration.

Wayne Rooney is playing far, far, far too deep. Surely Sam has to tell him to get closer to Harry Kane. I hate to labour the point, but it's become a huge issue for this team. At times, he is dropping back between the centre-backs.

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce issues instructions from the touchline Getty Images


Half-time: Slovakia 0-0 England

So, 45 minutes have come and gone - and in truth, not much has happened. Harry Kane had a decent opening and Martin Skrtel was lucky not to be awarded a second yellow card - but it's all been pretty tedious stuff from England.

Must do better, a school report would read. What magic can Big Sam weave at half-time? The Three Lions have good attacking options on the bench, though, not - of course - Marcus Rashford, who would offer something different.

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford has been selected in the England under-21 squad Getty Images


Kane is brought down by Skrtel, but the ref opts not to award a foul. England are furious, because the ex-Liverpool man would surely have been sent off if that was a foul.

He has already been booked, remember, and that foul merited a second yellow.


Kane takes a shot from distance that deflects behind for a corner, which is headed clear for an England throw.

These last few minutes have been better, though. England are finally looking to penetrate the Slovakia defence - it's not before time, too.

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling shows his frustration during the game Getty Images