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Jesse Lingard goes crazy after Slovenia player grabs Marcus Rashford's neck

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How best to summarise England's performance against Slovenia on Tuesday night...

Abysmal? Diabolical? Maybe even embarrassing? There's an argument to be made for each, because the Three Lions really were awful at the Stozice Stadium.

Goalscoring opportunities proved hard to come by while defensively, Gary Cahill and co. were dreadful and made a number of errors that almost lead to goals for the hosts.


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Joe Hart will rightly make headlines in the aftermath for the sheer amount of incredible saves he made, but believe it or not, there was another reason to cheer for fans.

With minutes remaining of normal time, England and Slovenia's players came to blows following a strong challenge from the aforementioned Cahill.

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Amongst the brawl was 18-year-old Marcus Rashford, who appeared to have his neck grabbed by Aljaz Struna in a coming together (see below).

Cue a furious reaction from Manchester United teammate Jesse Lingard, who jumped to the youngster's defence and went absolutely ballistic at Struna.

While violence should never be condoned in football, it was nice to see Lingard defend Rashford, albeit by trying to throttle the guilty Slovenian player himself.

It's such unity and fight that England will need to recover from what was a poor result.

Despite the bore draw, caretaker manager Gareth Southgate insists improvements have been made on the "mess" he inherited from Sam Allardyce.

He said: "The overall objective is to qualify so long term that could be an important point.

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"Everyone can see we could be better but their chances came from our mistakes or set-pieces.

"I can't thank the players and support team enough for the backing I have had.

"We wanted six points but we have taken over a mess and had to steady the ship. We are on track."

If you say so, Gareth.

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