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Lallana Rolled The Allar-dice
Sam Allardyce’s first game for England wouldn’t have been the most relaxing waiting until the 95th minute for Adam Lallana to score his first goal in 27 England games and giving the Three Lions a 0-1 victory on the road to Russia.
It looked similar to the Euro 2016 game against the Slovaks although 5 England players from that game against Slovakia this summer started today for the visitors. It was frustrating for England being dominant in possession and chances but failing to find the net throughout the whole match as seen in that same match in June.
Harry Kane seemed to have brought his start to the season form with him into the international break. He was excluded from the game when on the last defender and then failed to make a significant impact when dropping deeper to help keep the ball around the penalty box. With most defenders deciding to sit deep and working in pairs to isolate the Spurs forward’s abilities, he has yet to have a real view at goal since the end of last season. There was a good chance for him in front of goal just before half-time but a scuffed shot proved the lack of confidence in himself.
Skrtel was riding his luck throughout the night with multiple fouls on Kane throughout the night. His first yellow card of the game came from an elbow into Kane’s face, but not long after that he could have also received a second yellow card for a tug on Kane’s shirt while running in onto goal or in the second-half with a very high tackle that looked quite dangerous. But in the end Slovakia’s captain was sent off with a second yellow card after a stamp on Kane’s leg in the 57th minute. He struggled constantly looking a bit out of his depth with very bad organising from the centre-back and no sense of anticipation. A forgettable night for the ex-Liverpool man.
England were knocking at the Slovak’s door intensely in the last 20 minutes, with multiple chances going elsewhere but in the goal. Walcott had a goal disallowed after being flagged offside when it seemed like the last ball was touched by a Slovakian player but replays showed there was the faintest of touches from Sturridge’s toe. With great determination, England were getting balls into the host’s box and Lallana took two defenders out of the picture with a neat touch, leaving him to shoot the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs from 5 yards out giving Allardyce his first win in his first match as England boss.
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