Five things we learnt from England 0-0 Slovenia
Last night was a testing one for England fans, watching a side assembled of highly-paid Premier League stars being outfought and, for large periods, outplayed by a Slovenia team 55 places below them in the FIFA rankings.
During a scoreless draw at Stadion Stozice, England claimed 67% possession but could do little with it, managing just four shots on target throughout the 90 minutes, none of which truly tested the extremities of the ability of goalkeeper Jan Oblak – a Champions League quality shot-stopper who plies his domestic trade as Atletico Madrid’s No.1.
It was a steep learning curve for interim manager Gareth Southgate, who attempted to explain the underwhelming performance and result by declaring he’d inherited a “mess” – alluding to the Three Lions’ debasing exit from EURO 2016 and Sam Allardyce’s abrupt departure following The Telegraph’s investigation into corruption in football.
Nonetheless, the England national team are obliged to learn from their errors and so are we at FootballFanCast. With that in mind, here are FIVE lessons we took from last night’s dissonant draw.