England faced their first World Cup qualifier on Sunday 4 September, coming out victorious over Slovakia in a 1-0 defeat.
It was also the squad’s first game with new manager Sam Allardyce in charge, who will be relieved to secure the win. Some found the game underwhelming on the whole though, with England only managing to bag themselves a goal five minutes into injury time.
Despite Slovakia being down to 10 men for the majority of the second half, England couldn’t break their defence until worryingly close to the whistle. Martin Skrtel was sent off, after a reckless challenge on striker Harry Kane.
Slovakia put very little pressure on England, having just one shot throughout the whole 90 minutes, which was not even on target.
It was Liverpool’s Adam Lallana who saved the day, with a strike that went through the legs of the Slovakian goalkeeper.
After years of broken dreams and disappointment from our international footballers – most recently in their unenthusiastic efforts at Euro 2016 – fans are unimpressed. The squad have secured 3 points for the qualifying table though, and hopefully this is the first step in Allardyce’s masterplan to finally get England back on form.
It’s sure to take a lot of time and patience to restore the faith and get behind the players for the 2018 World Cup.