There were few players who could hold their heads up high last night after England’s shambolic snooze-fest with Slovenia, a match containing such limited action even Joe Hart’s double-save that proved to be insignificant as the linesman raised his offside flag managed to make the highlight reel.
Indeed, Harry Kane’s last-minute toe-poke acquired the points England needed to guarantee their place at the 2018 World Cup but judging by their performance against a side currently 55th in the FIFA rankings, the Three Lions will need to make drastic improvements if they intend to give a strong account of themselves in Russia next summer.
Even so, one abysmal individual performance particularly stood out, coming from Liverpool’s summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who Transfermarkt value at £19.8million. The Reds forked out almost double that sum to sign the versatile midfielder from Arsenal during the summer and it’s already looking like money poorly spent.
In addition to making marginal impact during his five substitute appearances for Liverpool thus far, the 24-year-old suffered a particularly poor night against Slovenia. Despite being one of England’s most advanced players in the right wing role, Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t create a single chance, complete a single cross or have an effort at goal – while his passing accuracy was just 62%.
When Gareth Southgate hauled off the 30-cap international just after the hour mark, Arsenal fans must have been struggling to contain their laughter – and Liverpool fans must have been left wondering why their club spent so much money and effort bringing him to Anfield on Deadline Day.