Jordan Henderson blasted for passing ball backwards at end of England v Slovakia

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L’Equipe rated Jordan Henderson as the best outfield player on the pitch during England’s third and final Euro 2016 group-stage match against Slovakia on Monday.

The Liverpool midfielder was handed a 7/10 rating by the respected French publication, but his decision to pass the ball backwards in the 95th minute left a sour taste in the mouths of many England supporters on Twitter.

Five seconds were left on the clock and England needed a goal to secure top spot in Group B. However, rather than send the ball into the box, or even pass it out wide, Henderson inexplicably turned around and passed to an England defender. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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Wales ended up finishing above Roy Hodgson’s side following a superb 3-0 win over Russia in Toulouse.

England huffed and puffed against their Slovakian counterparts in Saint-Etienne but struggled to break down their compact opponents.

Video: Henderson passes ball backwards

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Henderson's reaction said it all

They might have been able to create one final opportunity, though, had Henderson not turned back on himself in the final seconds.

Judging by his reaction when he final whistle blew, it seemed the energetic midfielder may have thought there was slightly more time left to play.

Monday’s 0-0 draw means England are likely to be handed a tougher last-16 clash than if they’d finished top of the group.

Hodgson: England fear nobody

However, Hodgson told reporters after the match that England fear nobody heading into the knockout rounds.

"We're not doomed yet," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "We can't do much more, we dominated the game from start to finish, we had so many chances and one day we will put them away. I can't fault the effort and work of the players.

"It is a little bit embarrassing - it has been attack versus defence in all three games and I never thought I'd see England dominate three games like we have done.

"Sooner or later we will get the reward for our play. Someone might find themselves on the end of a tough result. Soon we will make someone pay.

"We will be criticised for not taking chances, I can't deny that, but I think the time will come when we will take those goal chances, and some team will be on the end of that fairly soon.

"But we'll wait and see; we're in the knockout phase which is where we wanted to be."

He added: "I'm not frightened of anyone.

"If we do end up playing France it'll be interesting. They'll be asking questions of us when we get the ball and we might be able to show we are quite a good counter-attacking team."

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