England comes back to win after Slovakia early strike

England comes back to win after Slovakia early strike

England comes back to win after Slovakia early strike

England had to come from behind to beat Slovakia 2-1 at Wembley on Monday, while Germany thrashed Norway 6-0 in a one-sided World Cup 2018 qualifier, with both teams closing in on a place in Russian Federation.

Slovakia manager Jan Kozak has praised the rising stars in England's side as the "future of football" ahead of the teams' World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Monday.

England are within a win of securing a place at the 2018 World Cup after a comeback win over Slovakia in front of the lowest Wembley crowd for three years.

It was a disaster start for England, who conceded just three minutes into the match when Marcus Rashford lost the ball in a risky spot, and Stanislav Lobotka put the visitors ahead with a nice finish.

Rashford bounced back by sending in a near-post corner that Eric Dier hooked home to equalize in the 37th, before unleashing a dipping, angled finish from 20 metres in the 59th to earn England a sixth win in eight group games.

"Marcus Rashford's night? It wasn't so good to begin with but it got better", Dier told the BBC.

"The victory €" Southgate's first away win and only England's second in their last six encounters €" kept them two points clear in the group.

"It's a great opportunity for us, a home game", said Southgate.

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However, they got off to the worst possible start when Rashford was caught in possession just outside his own penalty area, allowing Lobotka to play a neat one-two with Adam Nemec and slot the ball past a hapless Joe Hart.

England lead Group F with 17 points after seven games and Slovakia sit two points behind in second position.

"It's a privilege that we have got him with us".

"It gets even closer to the World Cup and hopefully he will shine there as well". Rashford's miss-hit corner found Dier, who swept the ball home on the half-volley.

Such praise is unlikely to get to the Manchester United centre-back's head, though, and nor is the supporter angst displayed in Malta.

Rashford, Kane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain responded with efforts of varying inaccuracy as the hosts struggled to make inroads.

"Second half we got it right, and certainly once we were 2-1 up where we were patient in our defending and hard to play through".

The ex-Sunderland midfielder is constantly on the receiving end of criticism from both England and Liverpool fans for not being good enough or exciting enough for the teams he plays for. Aside from Stanislav Lobotka's early goal, Wembley was as sparsely populated as I can remember.

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