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Wilshere and Rooney keep England on course

Published: Sunday 14 June 2015, 20.45CET
Slovenia 2-3 England
Jack Wilshere scored his maiden England goals and Wayne Rooney netted the winner as England made it six wins from six Group E games.
by Gregor Sever
from Stadion Stožice

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Match statistics

SloveniaEngland

Goals scored2
 
3
Possession (%)44
 
56
Total attempts4
 
16
on target3
 
6
off target1
 
6
blocked0
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
3
Offsides5
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
15
Fouls suffered14
 
12

Standings

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Published: Sunday 14 June 2015, 20.45CET

Wilshere and Rooney keep England on course

Slovenia 2-3 England
Jack Wilshere scored his maiden England goals and Wayne Rooney netted the winner as England made it six wins from six Group E games.

England maintain 100% record with sixth straight Group E victory
• Milivoje Novakovič opens scoring with fifth goal in qualifying
Jack Wilshere strikes twice with first England goals
Substitute Nejc Pečnik heads Slovenia level with six minutes remaining
Wayne Rooney nets winner to draw level with Gary Lineker on 48 England goals
Next qualifiers: Switzerland v Slovenia, San Marino v England (5 September)

England remain on course for UEFA EURO 2016 qualification from Group E after again overturning a deficit against Slovenia to claim a 3-2 win.

Roy Hodgson's side made it six wins from six qualifying matches but fell behind to Milivoje Novakovič's fifth strike of the campaign on 37 minutes. Jack Wilshere drove in his first international goal to equalise after the break, and the Arsenal FC man again found the net 17 minutes from time. There was then late drama as substitute Nejc Pečnik levelled for the hosts before Wayne Rooney struck the winner.

England went close three times – twice through Raheem Sterling and once through Rooney – before, as they did in November's 3-1 home win, conceding against the run of play. Novakovič it was who landed the first blow, the 36-year-old exchanging passes with Josip Iličić before taking advantage of England's lack of defensive shape to calmly fire past Joe Hart for his 30th international goal.

The hosts packed their defence after the break, but 12 minutes after the restart England struck back. A run from Adam Lallana – half-time substitute for the injured Phil Jones – was halted in the area, yet the ball was only cleared as far as Wilshere, whose drive from just outside the box brushed goalkeeper Samir Handanovič's fingers before finding the top corner.

With the hosts rattled, Rooney then missed two chances in two minutes, but England went ahead when Lallana flicked a lay-off to Wilshere, who crashed in an unstoppable effort from outside the area. The visitors pushed to kill the game off, but Pečnik conjured a header from Bojan Jokić's cross to level things up on 84 minutes.

However, there was a sting in the tail for the hosts two minutes later as Jordan Henderson's pass was diverted into Rooney's path, and the Manchester United FC forward kept his composure to send Handanovič the wrong way and bring himself level with Gary Lineker on 48 England goals, just one behind Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49.

Last updated: 16/06/15 0.30CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013965/postmatch/report/index.html#england+slovenia

Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

England

England

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
Yellow Card57
2
JonesPhil Jones
Substitution46
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar (C)
3
GibbsKieran Gibbs
6
B. IlićBranko Ilić
4
HendersonJordan Henderson
7
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution61
5
CahillGary Cahill
8
KurtičJasmin Kurtič
Substitution79
6
SmallingChris Smalling
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Goal37
7
WilshereJack Wilshere
Goal57
Goal73
13
JokićBojan Jokić
8
DelphFabian Delph
Substitution85
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
Substitution72
9
SterlingRaheem Sterling
20
KamplKevin Kampl
Yellow Card90+2
10
RooneyWayne Rooney (C)
Goal86
22
MerteljAleš Mertelj
11
TownsendAndros Townsend
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
13
GreenRob Green (GK)
16
VidmarNejc Vidmar (GK)
23
HeatonTom Heaton (GK)
3
AndjelkovićSiniša Andjelković
12
BertrandRyan Bertrand
4
SamardžićMiral Samardžić
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution74
9
BerićRobert Berić
15
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution61
16
MilnerJames Milner
14
LazarevičDejan Lazarevič
Substitution79
17
LallanaAdam Lallana
Substitution46
18
RotmanRajko Rotman
18
AustinCharlie Austin
19
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Substitution72
Goal84
19
CleverleyTom Cleverley
21
MilecMartin Milec
20
BarkleyRoss Barkley
23
VerbičBenjamin Verbič
21
VardyJamie Vardy
22
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
Substitution85

Coach

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Roy Hodgson (ENG)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero (ESP), Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)

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