Cheat sheet: How England tried and tried but failed to score against Slovakia


After a goalless draw with Slovakia England finished second in Group B.

It's becoming a familiar tale, creating tons of chances and finishing none, but maybe when England come up against teams who'll try to play against them a bit more chances will become easier to finish.

Here's what happened against Slovakia.

The game in one line

Dominated the ball, did England.

Key moments

England's Jamie Vardy (right) gets a shot away at goal during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard,
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1. After a run from deep, with only the keeper to beat, Jamie Vardy blasts the ball straight at him (17 minutes). The Leicester man was played in from deep, a passage of play we've grown used to seeing this season and one that no doubt terrified Martin Skrtel. The Liverpool defender had no chance of catching Vardy but no care was taken with the finish.

2. Adam Lallana's shot from just inside the box is saved (33 minutes). Nathaniel Clyne had been enjoying a lot of freedom down the right and made his way behind the Slovakian defence following a simple one-two before cutting the ball back to Lallana. England's number eight's shot was well saved.

3. Nathaniel Clyne looks certain to set up England's first goal (53 minutes). After a panicky moment at the back England worked the ball to the right of the pitch and to Clyne, who makes his way to the byline and sees Vardy stood alone in the centre of the goal. His cross ends up behind the goal.

Worst moment

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, right, collides with England's Chris Smalling
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Joe Hart almost had the calamity newspaper columnists had been waiting for. A simple ball into the box came for an over-confident Chris Smalling who, massively underestimating the distance between himself and Hart, tried to chest it down to him. Cue the Slovakian chasing through and getting a foot to the ball, only for it to hit Hart and bounce away.

Who played well?

England's Nathaniel Clyne, left, goes for the ball with Slovakia's Vladimir Weiss
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Roy Hodgson rung the changes in England's final group game - giving the players who changed the game against Wales, Vardy and Daniel Sturridge, a start, as well as players who had seen little to no action - Jordan Henderson, Ryan Bertrand, Clyne and Jack Wilshere.

Of them, Clyne played the best. Right-back seems to be a position we're well covered in, with Kyle Walker having performed brilliantly in his two appearances in the competition. Hodgson will have a tough choice to make in that regard, for the next game.

Vardy had a great chance to score, which he didn't take, and Sturridge looked to be trying too hard, and dropping too deep. The threat from the team as a whole though was there throughout the match. Again just the final bit was missing.

Who played badly?

Although he started positively Wilshere faded from the game, holding on to the ball too long in areas where it was dangerous for England to lose the ball and misplacing a number of passes. Did Hodgson make the right chance in bringing him, or should he have gone for someone who had been playing all season?

Was it the right result?

England manager Roy Hodgson looks dejected after the final whistle
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England dominated from start to finish, but it's a little difficult suggesting the Three Lions deserved three points. They had the opportunities, they didn't take them.

Key stat

Fan of the day

Keeping it positive.

What next?

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo
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England will face the runner up in Group F, which could be Hungary, Iceland or Portugal. But, given that this is England we're talking about, Portugal will obviously be the opponent. The return of the Winker?

Group F games take place at 5pm on Wednesday 22.