Sam Allardyce started his reign as England boss with a victory away to Slovakia, albeit via a late winner from Liverpool’s Adam Lallana.
There were no surprises in Big Sam’s first starting 11, with Wayne Rooney earning his 116th cap, a record for an England outfield player (and one more than David Beckham).
The visitors were given a boost when, on 57 minutes, Slovakian captain Martin Skrtel was sent off after a second yellow for a nasty stamp on Harry Kane.
Lallana was England’s biggest goal threat on the night and hit the post as they pushed for a goal.
The hosts stood firm, with Allardyce sending on Theo Walcott and then Daniel Sturridge.
However, the winner eventually came, with Lallana firing home late in injury time.
While the victory was hardly impressive, a win is a win and it sees Allardyce get his tenure off to a winning start. However, the Three Lions will have to do a lot more to banish the bad memories of Euro 2016.