Slovakia 0-1 England: Sam Allardyce Starts With Win As Adam Lallana Bags Last-Gasp Winner (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

4th, September 2016


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.


(Highlights: Footytube)

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  1. Jarren says:

    Lucky? Very much so.

    But Slovakia didn’t do much to merit even a draw.

    And that stamp by Skrtel, what the hell is up with him? Not getting laid or something?

  2. Paul says:

    I honestly don’t know what people expect from Big Sam… Some kind of footballing revolution? He’s a manager who gets the best from the players on his team, which is what England need.

    But this isn’t a new “era” in English football, it’s the same bunch of players (albeit with a few changes) who crashed out spectacularly from Euro 2016. As a collective England have a great team, but as individuals they aren’t out-and-out match winners and they can’t seem to gel together. They are bit part Premier League players in massive clubs.

    It’s probably one of the hardest and most demanding jobs in world football, and a complete career ender. Really hope Sam doesn’t go the same way.

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