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Slovenia v England background

Slovenia can take comfort from a decent home record of late as they prepare to face UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E leaders England, who have made a perfect start.

Slovenia have not conceded in their last four competitive home fixtures as they take on an England side who are yet to drop a point in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E.

Previous meetings
England recovered from a Jordan Henderson own goal to beat Slovenia 3-1 at Wembley in the teams' first Group E meeting back in November.

• The nations first met in a friendly game at Wembley on 5 September 2009, Fabio Capello's England running out 2-1 winners. Frank Lampard's penalty (31) and a deflected strike from Jermain Defoe (63) established their lead before Zlatan Ljubijankič (85) headed Matjaž Kek's side back into contention.

• Defoe (23) scored the only goal when the sides crossed paths in more significant circumstances – their final 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage game in Port Elizabeth. Victory took Capello's England to the knockout stage at the expense of Kek's Slovenia.

• The teams for that match on 23 June 2010 were:
 Slovenia: Handanovič, Brečko, Šuler, Cesar, Jokić, Koren, Radosavljević, Birsa, Kirm (Matavž 79), Ljubijankič (Dedić 62), Novaković.
 England: James, Johnson, Upson, Terry, A Cole, Gerrard, Lampard, Barry, Milner, Defoe (Heskey 85), Rooney (J Cole 72).

Form guide
Slovenia have won their last four competitive home games without conceding.

Slovenia's 6-0 success against San Marino in their last qualifier was their biggest home victory to date.

England and Slovakia are the only sides who have 100% records at the midway point in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying.

England are unbeaten in 24 qualifying games (W17 D7) since a 1-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Ukraine on 10 October 2009. There have been 13 games (W10 D3) since their last EURO qualifying defeat – 3-2 at home to Croatia on 21 November 2007.

Trivia and links
England's injured forward Danny Welbeck was the highest scorer at the halfway mark in the European Qualifiers with six goals from five games.

• In ten matches against Slovenia in UEFA age-group competitions, England's record is W8 D1 L1; most recently, England beat Slovenia 3-1 in a UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifier in Chesterfield on 23 March 2015.

• The 11 meetings between English and Slovenian clubs in UEFA competition have been dominated by the Premier League teams: W7 D2 L2, though NK Maribor earned a creditable 1-1 UEFA Champions League group stage draw against Chelsea FC in the most recent of those encounters.