Full-time: Slovenia 0-0 England

  • The hosts hit the post in the first-half after a mistake by Eric Dier.
  • Wayne Rooney was introduced as a late substitute, but could not inspire an England win.
  • The Three Lions remain top of Group F after their goalless draw.
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Full-time: Slovenia 0-0 England

Rather than losing two points, I think England have gained one this evening. The hosts created the better chances - and were probably the better side. England remain top of the group, mind you.

Anyway, that's all we have for you this evening. Thanks for joining us!


Five added minutes. Time for a winner, hopefully.

John Stones wins the ball
John Stones wins the ball Getty Images


Cahill stops a breakaway by hacking Illic down to the ground. He is given a yellow card, but it could have been worse for the Chelsea man.

The Slovenians are unhappy with Cahill there. Jesse Lingard gets a yellow card for his part in it all. There was a bit of pushing and shoving going on. Lingard did not appear to be happy with something that was said to him.


Rashford comes on for Sturridge, but it is his Manchester United clubmate who almost gives England the lead. Jesse Lingard's shot is well saved by the keeper who pushes it away from danger. The England bench thought that was in.


Rooney almost makes an impression on this game, gathering the ball on the edge of the box, he curls an effort just wide of the upright. Marcus Rashford is preparing to come on, by the way.


Now Daniel Strurridge goes through in the right channel, but rather than cutting the ball back to Wayne Rooney in the six-yard box, he mistakenly opts to shoot. Poor, that.

Daniel Strurridge on the ball
Daniel Strurridge on the ball Getty Images


Danny Rose, who has been one of England's better players this evening, goes on a zig-zagging run up the left flank but after turning inside, drags his right-footed effort past the near post.

That was promising, though.


Rooney, with the armband wrapped around his bicep, has replaced Dele Alli in the England team, suggesting he will slot into the number 10 role. What can England's all-time leading goalscorer do?


England are poised to make another change and it's a big one. Wayne Rooney is set to be introduced. I've no idea where he will play, to be honest with you. Midfield, out wide, up front... we're about to find out.

Danny Rose wins the ball
Danny Rose wins the ball Getty Images


Joe Hart comes to England's rescue again! Once again, it's caused by a blind ball.

Jordan Henderson sets up Illic by accident, but Joe Hart spreads himself expertly to block the goal-bound shot. Slovenia pushing for a winner now.


It appears to be increasingly likely that one goal will be enough to win this game. Time for Rashford, Rooney or Vardy soon, surely?

Joe Hart came to England's rescue earlier
Joe Hart came to England's rescue earlier Getty Images


Now Josip Ilicic fires just wide from the edge of the area for Slovenia, who are getting closer and closer.

Andros Townsend has come on for Theo Walcott, by the away. He'll add some direct running to the occasion if nothing else. In fact, his first speculative effort from distance is well parried by the keeper.

Dele Alli goes down under pressure
Dele Alli goes down under pressure Getty Images


Jesse Lingard tries to find Sturridge at the back post but it's easily claimed by the keeper. We've almost played an hour in Slovenia and surely, a change can't be far off.

Theo Walcott holds off a defender
Theo Walcott holds off a defender Getty Images


Out of nowhere, England have a four-versus-three scenario on the break but Dele Alli's through ball is under-hit. That was a real opportunity for Southgate's men, who have been under the pump for the opening ten minutes of the half.


It's one-way traffic at the moment, with Slovenia bossing the early minutes of the second half. Time for England to make a change...?

Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker wins the ball back Getty Images


In saving those efforts, Hart appears to have injured his forearm. But after a bit of the magic spray, he appears good to continue. England have had a lucky escape there, though, and can thank their keeper for the cleansheet remaining intact.

Gary Cahill heads the ball clear
Gary Cahill heads the ball clear Getty Images


And England are cut open straight from kick-off by a neat one-two move, but the eventual cutback is hacked behind by Theo Walcott.

From the corner, Joe Hart has to claw the ball away from his near post on two separate occasions. One of the saves was pretty remarkable, in fact, as the ball already appeared to be in the net!


Back underway, then. 45 minutes for Gareth Southgate's men to get three confidence-boosting points.


A big team talk for Gareth Southgate. What can he inspire in the second half?


Half-time: Slovenia 0-0 England

Goalless at the break, then. England have largely been the better side, but Slovenia have come closest to scoring. Back soon.


England are huffing and puffing at the moment. They just lack a bit of class and composure in the final third.

I wonder if Gareth Southgate would be tempted to introduce Marcus Rashford in the second half, with Theo Walcott and Jesse Lingard appearing to be the most vulnerable to a potential switch.

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge dribbles with the ball Getty Images


From their latest freekick, Gary Cahill causes mayhem in the Slovenia box - but the hosts are eventually able to scramble the ball clear before the Chelsea man can poke a loose ball home.

Theo Walcott holds off a defender
Theo Walcott holds off a defender Getty Images


Less than five minutes to go until the break. For the time being, England are on top without creating any clear-cut chances. Can they do so before half-time?

Eric Dier
Eric Dier on the ball for England Getty Images


A few shots of the England bench have shown Rooney talking tactics with some of his teammates. He certainly appears to be engaged with what is going on out there.

Back on the field, meanwhile, and Slovenia has conceded a freekick in a dangerous position. Valter Birsa of Chievo goes into the book. Henderson's effort doesn't reach its intended target, though, and it remains 0-0.

Dele Alli passes the ball
Dele Alli passes the ball Getty Images