Let's look back on the previous times England and Slovakia crossed paths


Sam Allardyce takes charge of his first England match when the Three Lions travel to face Slovakia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

We've taken a look at the four previous meetings between the two nations.

Slovakia 1 England 2 - Tehelne Pole, Euro 2004 qualifier, October 12, 2002

England team celebrate Michael Owen's goal
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Sven-Goran Eriksson's England fell behind in the Bratislava rain as then-Middlesbrough striker Szilard Nemeth gave Slovakia the lead with a simple finish.

But the visitors rallied after the break and a trademark free-kick from skipper David Beckham drew them level before a predatory header from Michael Owen sealed a comeback victory with just eight minutes left on the clock.

England 2 Slovakia 1 - Riverside Stadium, Euro 2004 qualifier, June 11, 2003

Michael Owen
(Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport)

Again Eriksson's men found themselves 1-0 down and again it was Owen, wearing the armband in Beckham's absence, who would turn things around.

Vladimir Janocko's free-kick drifted over David James to give Slovakia the lead in Middlesbrough but Owen, partnered in attack with a teenage Wayne Rooney, levelled with a penalty before once again heading a winner.

England 4 Slovakia 0 - Wembley, friendly, March 28, 2009

Emile Heskey
(Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)

Fabio Capello's side cantered to victory as they warmed up for World Cup qualifiers with a comfortable win in London.

Emile Heskey opened the scoring early on with the penultimate strike of his seven-goal international career before a late Rooney brace and a Frank Lampard goal sealed an emphatic win for the hosts.

England 0 Slovakia 0 - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Euro 2016 group stage, June 20, 2016

England's Jack Wilshere
(Nick Potts/PA)

The last meeting between the two sides was less than three months ago in the final game of Group B and a goalless stalemate saw both teams progress to the knockout stages.

The draw in Saint-Etienne was seen as a triumph for Slovakia but was a poor showing for England, who finished behind Wales as a result of only being able to take a point as Roy Hodgson's side failed to break through a resolute defence.