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FINAL MEETING vs. SLOVENIA
  Tuesday, 25 June 2024
Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2024 First Phase Group C match five/six

England 0 Slovenia 0 [0-0]
 
 


Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Junkersdorf, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Kick-off (CEST): 9.00pm 8.00pm BST
Attendance: 41,536
Phil Foden kicked off 94 minutes 45:00 & 49:02
[0-0] Bukayo Saka scores 19:38 offside    
   
Kieran Trippier 17 16:38
Erik Janža 22 21:51
Marc Guéhi 68 67:45
 
Phil Foden 77 76:40

Jaka Bijol 72 71:30
  Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon
 
"What's the scorey? YAWNING GLORY" The Sun frontpage
Officials from France England Squad Type Slovenia Squad
Referee (yellow)
Clément Turpin
42 (16 May 1982), Oullins, FIFA-listed 2010
12 Goal Attempts 4
3 Attempts on Target 1
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Nicolas Danos
43 (27 September 1980)
Benjamin Pagès
37 (18 September 1986)
6 Corner Kicks Won 0
Fourth official
Halil Umut Meler 37 (1 August 1986) Turkey, FIFA listed 2017
2 Offside Calls Against 0
Video Assistant Officials            11 Fouls Conceded 9
Jérôme Brisard 38 (24 March 1986)
Willy Delajod & Rob Dieperink Netherlands
71% Possession 29%
England Team
 
Rank FIFA (20th June 2024) 5th
EFO ranking Group Two
ELO rating 9th to 8th
Colours The Nike 2024 home uniform - White shadow pinstriped jerseys with navy blue v-necked polo-collars/underarm side panel and white/navy blue/maroon trimmed cuffs, white shorts with navy blue side stripe/hem, white socks with navy blue trim.
Captain Harry Kane Manager Gareth Southgate, 53 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016. 
⁵⁵ most goals as captain 
67th of 70, W 40 - D 15 - L 12 - F 150 - A 53. P 98th of 101, W 59 - D 23 - L 16 - F 207 - A 67.
England Lineup
  one change on the previous match (Gallagher for Alexander-Arnold) league position (FINAL POSITIONS)  
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 30
110 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC (PL 15th) 64 46ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 34
28 days
28 May 1990 RB
/LB
Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 86 1
5 Stones, John 30
28 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 75 3
6 Guéhi, A.K. Marc-Israel 23
348 days
13 July 2000
in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
LCD Crystal Palace FC (PL 10th) 14 0
68th min. for pulling back Šporar after he pulled away from in the England half
12 Trippier, Kieran J., off 84th min. 33
280 days
19 September 1990 LB Newcastle United FC (PL 7th) 51 1
17th min. for a rash challange on Žan Karničnik on the touchline
       
16 Gallagher, Conor J., off halftime 24
140 days
6 February 2000 RDM Chelsea FC (PL 6th) 16 0
4 Rice, Declan 25
163 days
14 January 1999 LDM
/LM
Arsenal FC (PL RU) 54 3
7 Saka, Bukayo A.T., off 71st min. 22
294 days
5 September 2001 RAM Arsenal FC (PL RU) 36 11
10 Bellingham, Jude V.W. 20
362 days
29 June 2003 CAM Real Madrid CF, Spain (LL CHAMPIONS) 32 4
11 Foden, Philip W., off 89th min. 24
28 days
28 May 2000 LAM/
LF
Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 37 4
77th min. for arguing with the referee after Declan Rice committed a foul
9 Kane, Harry E 30
333 days
28 July 1993 CF FC Bayern München, Germany (BL RU) 94 64
England Substitutes
26 Mainoo, Kobbie B., on halftime for Gallagher 19
67 days
19 April 2005 RM Manchester United FC (PL 8th) 5 2 0
3
24 Palmer, Cole J., on 71st min. (70:04) for Saka 22
50 days
6 May 2002 RF Chelsea FC (PL 6th) 5 2 1
3
8 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., on 84th min. (83:47) for Trippier 25
262 days
7 October 1998 RB Liverpool FC (PL 3rd) 28 22 3
6
18 Gordon, Anthony M., on 89th min. (88:50) for Foden 23
122 days
24 February 2001 LF Newcastle United FC (PL 7th) 4 2 0
2
final app 2024
result: England 0 Slovenia 0
unused substitutes: 3-Luke Shaw, 13-Aaron Ramsdale, 14-Ezri Konsa, 15-Lewis Dunk, 17-Ivan Toney, 19-Ollie Watkins, 20-Jarrod Bowen, 21-Eberechi Eze, 22-Joe Gomez, 23-Dean Henderson, 25-Adam Wharton.
stadium notes: England return to the RheinEnergie for the first time since the 2006 World Cup Finals against Sweden.
team notes: Declan Rice becomes the youngest England player to make ten ECF appearances, beating Raheem Sterling (26yrs 15dys). Jordan Pickford and John Stones are also making their tenth appearances.
No other goalkeeper as kept as many clean sheets in Major Tournament Finals as Jordan Pickford (11).
This is England's first scoreless draw in ECF since against Scotland in 2021, it means that this is the tenth ECF match in which they have failed to score.
21st European Championship match unbeaten (W 15 D 6), having not lost since October 2019 against Czech Republic, although still four behind the record.
Ninetieth European Championship (Finals and Qualification) clean sheet.
youth notes: England and Slovenia have met several times in youth level matches featuring the participating players.
Marc Guéhi and Phil Foden played for the under-17 side against Slovenia in March 2017, Guéhi was captain.
Both Kieran Tripper and Kyle Walker opposed Slovenia in the under-19 Finals in Ukraine, July 2009. Harry Kane played in the May 2012 under-19 fixture.
Guéhi and Foden also played for the under-21 side against Slovenia, in October 2019, where Conor Gallagher was also a substitute. Guéhi again featured again in October 2021ᶜ, in which Conor Gallagher and Cole Palmer started.
manager notes: Southgate's record tenth ECF match, two more than Hodgson - still unbeaten.
Already a record 22nd Finals match - seven more than Bobby Robson.
It is an extending-record 75th competitive match managed...(32 more than Robson).
In his 98th match as manager, it is the twentieth time his team have failed to score, but it is his 53rd clean sheet (just one behind Bobby Robson's record).
Southgate is the first manager to oppose Slovenia for a third match.
4-2-3-1
4-3-3 after 71 minutes
Pickford -
Walker, Stones, Guéhi, Trippier
(Alexander-Arnold) -
Gallagher
(Mainoo), Rice -
Saka
(Palmer), Bellingham, Foden (Gordon) -
Kane
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 127 days Appearances/Goals 45.0 8.3
Slovenia Team
 
 Rank FIFA (20th June 2024) 57th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating =33rd to 31st
Colours made by nike - blue crew-necked jerseys with navy blue side panels/neck trim/torso single stripe, blue shorts with navy side trim and blue socks.
Captain Jan Oblak Head Coach Matjaž Kek, 62 (9 September 1961), appointed 27 November 2018 for a second time, previously 5 January 2007-24 October 2011.
this tenure, 58th match, W 27 - D 19 - L 12 - F x - A x.
total, 107th match, W 47 - D 28 - L 32 - F x - A x. 
Slovenia Lineup
1 Oblak, Jan 31
171 days
7 January 1993 G Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 68 0
2 Karničnik, Žan 29
281 days
18 September 1994 RB Nk Celje 31 2
21 Drkušić, Vanja 24
239 days
30 October 1999 RCD FC Sochi, Russia 10 0
6 Bijol, Jaka 25
141 days
5 February 1999 LCD Udinese Calcio, Italy 52 1
72nd min. for a foul on Harry Kane 20 yards away from the goal
13
Janža, Erik, off 90th+1 min. 21
4 days
21 June 1993 LB Górnik Zabrze SA, Poland 13 3
22nd min. for holding back Saka as he attempted to sprint away SUSPENDED
   
20 Stojanović, Petar 28
262 days
7 October 1995 RM Empoli FC, Italy 56 2
22 Gnezda Čerin, Adam 24
345 days
16 July 1999 RCM Panathinaïkós AÓ, Greece 34 4
10 Elšnik, Timi Max 26
57 days
29 April 1998 LCM Nk Olimpija Ljubljana 18 1
17 Mlakar, Jan, off 86th min. 25
246 days
23 October 1998 LM Pisa SC, Italy 20 3
9 Šporar, Andraž, off 86th min. 30
119 days
27 February 1994 RF Panathinaïkós AÓ, Greece 56 12
11 Šeško, Benjamin, off 75th min. 21
25 days
31 May 2003 LF RB Leipzig, Germany 32 11
Slovenia Substitutes
26 Iličić, Josip, on 75th min. (74:56) for Šeško 36
148 days
29 January 1988
in Prijedor, Yugoslavia
LF NK Maribor 82 17
5 Stanković, Jon Gorenc, on 86th min. (85:12) for Mlakar 28
163 days
14 January 1996 LM Sk Sturm Graz, Austria 27 1
19 Celar, Žan, on 86th min. (85:28) for Šporar 25
103 days
14 March 1999 RF FC Lugano, Switzerland 10 0
3 Balkovec, Jure, on 90th+1 min (90:17) for Janža 29
290 days
9 September 1994 LB Alanyaspor Kb, Turkey 34 0
result: England 0 Slovenia 0
unused substitutes: 4-Miha Blažić, 7-Benjamin Verbič, 8-Sandi Lovrić, 12-Vid Belec, 14-Jasmin Kurtić, 15-Tomi Horvat, 16-Igor Vekić, 18-Žan Vipotnik, 23-David Brekalo, 24-Nino Žugelj, 25-Adrian Zeljković.
team notes: Slovenia have scored in twenty of their last 22 matches. A 2-1 defeat in Denmark in November 2023 marks their only defeat in their last 14 matches (W8 D5).
 
4-4-2 Oblak -
Karničnik, Drkušić, Bijol, Janža
(Balkovec) -
Stojanović, Gnezda Čerin, Elšnik, Mlakar
(Stanković) -
Šporar
(Celar), Šeško (Iličić)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 74 days Appearances/Goals 35.5 3.5
 
    Match Report by Mike Payne

So, another day, and another indifferent performance by our team that frustrates all who were watching.  Okay, I accept that in the end it was better, but only after changes were made and players chomping at the bit to get on the field of play, were finally released from their shackles.  And changing to 4-3-3 was also a better move.

When the first half started we were told to expect a fierce pressing game from England, but that never transpired for a long and tedious half.  In fact, the early stages were littered with poor passes from the back line, it did not auger well.  After five minutes the first effort came from Benjamin Sesko, the Slovenian danger man.  His header was easily saved though, the hardest work that Jordan Pickford had to do all match!  England, meanwhile, resumed the pattern that we have seen so often lately, not the most auspicious of starts, just more of the same.  Kieran Trippier was booked for a late challenge to add to the misery, but the free-kick passed harmlessly wide.

On 20 minutes a glimmer of hope as a long ball found Phil Foden and from his early cross Bukayo Saka had an easy tap-in finish to put the ball into the net.  The cheers soon subsided though as a linesman's flag was spotted raised on the far side for offside against Foden.  Kyle Walker was the next to be pulled up for a foul and on the whole the England players looked bewildered and frustrated as they tried to gain control of the game.  Some of the passes went straight to a blue shirt from England, they were playing in white by the way.

On 27 minutes a typical Manchester City type burst from Foden ended with his pass towards Kane, but Kane was unable to reach the pass.  Some fierce battling by Jude Bellingham and Foden then won a corner, and gradually, just gradually, England were starting to gain the upper hand.  A minute later Kane shoots after Declan Rice won a tackle, but goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a comfortable save.  Foden saw a good shot well saved and on 40 minutes Trippier's cross just missed the desperate lunge of Kane.  The referee, a lookalike for Belgium's Leandro Trossard, was ultra fussy at times and he gave several unnecessary free-kicks to both sides as the half petered out, to booing from some of the England fans.

The experiment of starting with Conor Gallagher had not worked and after the break Kobbie Mainoo came on to inject a bit of flair that was so desperately needed.  The half started well for England and there was a definite improvement in the pace of the passing and Foden's volley on 51 minutes went just wide.  For the next ten minutes there was a sustained spell of attacking from England and the Slovenian defence was at full stretch at times, but the final ball was never quite there.  On 57 minutes it looked certain that England would score as, following a corner, there was a bout of head-tennis, as the ball bobbed around the Slovenian goalline.  Alas, the final killer touch wasn't there.

After an hour's play, I wrote in my notes that now was the time to bring on the game changers from the bench, but that didn't happen for another ten minutes, when Gareth Southgate relented and brought on Cole Palmer.  Immediately you saw a difference as the Chelsea man started to create danger from the right.  Saka hadn't played well, and rarely tries to go past his man whereas straight away Palmer was determined to do just that.  Kane was then flattened by Jaka Bijol, but as with all the other free-kicks taken by Trippier, nothing came from the resultant kick.  Then, on 74 minutes Rice had his best moment with a great shot that flew inches wide after he combined with Foden.  Three minutes later Palmer and Mainoo combined and Mainoo's pull back was begging to be fired home, but there was no England player there to do it.  More frustration.

On 88 minutes, as an afterthought by Southgate, Anthony Gordon was sent on, and immediately again we saw a different and exciting approach from the Newcastle player.  Only four minutes were added on at the end by the referee, which seemed preposterous to me after all the time that was wasted.  But in the second minute of that added time, a great pass from Gordon was flicked into the path of Palmer by Kane and this was without doubt the best chance of the match.  Palmer hit the ball hard but Oblak was down well at his near post to save.  On reflection, Palmer might have done better as instead of passing the shot he maybe should have blasted it just like the Italian did at the end of the previous day's game.

The referee blew the final whistle and the Slovenia side danced with delight at finally making it to the knock-out stage.  As for England, their heads were down and several were stood motionless.  However, we won the group, and everyone says that we always improve as the tournaments we are in progress.  That remains to be seen, but all the fans want to see is just a little more of what we saw in that final ten minutes.  Some exciting movement and flair shown by the subs who came on. 

Generally, it was better by England after the interval, but that vital spark is still missing when the ball is in the final third, and contrary to the belief of some, possession doesn't win matches, it's goals that are the key.  The good news is, we are through to the next round.
  
  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
Slovenia FA
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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