Job done, from one perspective. England are through to the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and have therefore met the minimum expected requirement of them in the tournament, but a very different starting lineup for England ultimately did not deliver the incisive performances of the first two games. It would be fair to say this was uninspiring from England, against an average Slovakia side.
England saw the majority of the ball but with a number of changes to the side that started the previous two games, there was always the possibility of a disjointed or unpolished performance and this was exactly what England delivered. There was a lot of huff and puff from the players, but aside from one moment where Lallana should have done better, it’s difficult to recall one clear cut chance in the entire game. There was never any danger of losing the game, but England could not find a way through a well-organised Slovakia side, and not for the first time the lack of an end product has been a problem. With Wales crushing Russia 3-0 to top the group, England may yet end up with an unfavourable 2nd round match-up.
One thing is certain. England will need to raise their game.
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