Five pictures that sum up England’s draw with Slovenia
England’s drab performance against Malta was followed up by yet another drab performance against Slovenia, proving that Wayne Rooney wasn’t the whole problem after all.
Before last night’s game, Gareth Southgate was sitting pretty with a 100% record as England boss, perhaps hoping that a win over Slovenia would solidify his fledgling bid to become the permanent national team manager.
But then the game happened. England weren’t just uninspiring; they were bailed out by their goalkeeper, Joe Hart, who had a fabulous game. And although your goalkeeper is part of your team, although it’s certainly not cheating to rely on your goalkeeper, England shouldn’t need to be bailed out by Joe Hart when they play a qualifier against Slovenia. It simply shouldn’t happen.
But, as with most disappointments with England in the qualifying stages of a World Cup cycle, it isn’t terminal. This can be saved – the Three Lions are still unbeaten in qualifying since 2009, they still have a plus 73 goal difference since they lost to Ukraine in 2009, they are still top of the group and they still have plenty of time to put it right.
It was the night that was, however, and here are five pictures that sum up England’s underwhelming evening….