England beat Slovenia in Euro 2016 qualifiying

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England finished the 2014-15 season unbeaten after defeating Slovenia 3-2 in Euro 2016 qualifying.

The Three Lions bossed the first half right from the off and should have taken the lead early on but Raheem Sterling’s shot went just over the bar.

Sterling, who has been criticised by fans of club and country, was by far the best player on the pitch in the opening stages. He beat his man on the left before crossing a dangerous ball between goalkeeper and defence, crying out for a tap-in from Wayne Rooney, but the Manchester United man just could not get there in time.

Fabien Delph then played a dangerous ball to Rooney who unleashed a fierce shot, which was fabulously saved by Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

For all of England’s possession it was Slovenia who drew first blood- just as they did at Wembley in the reverse fixture.

England on course to qualify for Euro 2016

Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling got the offside trap terribly wrong as Josip IIicic played the ball to Milivoje Novakovic. The veteran Novakovic calmly pulled a shot across Hart and into the back of the net- five minutes from half-time.

Just as England’s unbeaten season looked in jeopardy, Jack Wilshere stepped up with a cracking goal from the edge of the penalty area- his first for the three lions.

The first goal would inspire England though and they edged into the lead when Adam Lallana’s exquisite back heel from Jordan Henderson’s pass allowed Wilshere to score his second- an absolute belter from way outside the penalty area. 2-1 England.

Slovenia weren’t going to roll over tough, they equalised in the 84th minute from a Nejc Pecnik header at the far post.

Moments later Wayne Rooney side footed the ball home from fifteen yards to restore England’s lead. The 28-year old is now level with Gary Linekar on 48 goals and just one behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of goals for his country.

The win now means England are nine points ahead of Slovenia in second and Switzerland in third, with the latter having a game in hand.

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