England v Slovenia LIVE: Result and reaction after struggling Three Lions booed off at Euro 2024

England v Slovenia LIVE: Result and reaction after struggling Three Lions booed off at Euro 2024

England finished top and Slovenia also advanced to the knockout stages of Euro 2024 after an uninspiring 0-0 draw in their final Group C match on Tuesday.

England had already qualified for the round of 16 and, despite another flat performance, the draw leaves them in first place in the group on five points.

Slovenia finished level on three points with Denmark, who drew 0-0 with Serbia, and though they had the same goal difference, goals scored and disciplinary record, the Danes appeared to have advanced in second place due to their UEFA ranking, going through with Slovenia, subject to confirmation.

England had the best of the action in a tepid game of few real chances, with Harry Kane and Phil Foden forcing easy saves from goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Bukayo Saka having a goal ruled out in the first half for offside.

England dominated possession but had few shots on target as Slovenia defended resolutely and tried to crowd out every attack from their frustrated opponents.

Euro 2024: England v Slovenia

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RATINGS: Player ratings as the Three Lions play out a goalless draw in Cologne

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FULL TIME! – England play out goalless draw with Slovenia in their final group game in Cologne

35’ CLOSE! – Foden’s free kick forces a save out of Oblak (ENG 0-0 SVN)

20’ DISALLOWED! – Saka scores but it’s ruled out for offside (ENG 0-0 SVN)

England 0 – 0 Slovenia

Gareth Southgate in his post-match news conference:

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“We have made England over the last three or four years fun again. I think it has been enjoyable for the players and we have got to be very, very careful that it stays that way.

“They (fans) were brilliant, in the second half especially there was a constant noise around the team. I get it that they are not happy with me, that is the reality, I am not going to back away from that. I need them behind the team.

“I have to deal with what I am dealing with. I was not going to back away from going over to thank people for coming and giving the support that they did, but I know that this is causing an issue for the group.

“I can deal with that but I need them to support the players. The more the fans are like they were in the second half, behind the team it is a massive lift for them, because we are operating in a very, very unusual environment.”

Nobody told Austria this was the group of death – they’ve reshaped the map of Euro 2024

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If this was supposed to be the group of death, no one told Austria. Ralf Rangnick’s endearing underdogs have reshaped the draw, and perhaps the destiny, of Euro 2024 by topping it.

They beat Netherlands. More than that, though, they blitzed them; fearless and ferocious, Austria recovered from conceding two equalisers to condemn the Dutch to defeat courtesy of Marcel Sabitzer’s terrific finish.

They head to Leipzig as group winners. Netherlands, their qualification already assured, nonetheless stumbled from first to third on an eventful afternoon. It is Gelsenkirchen for them.

Nobody told Austria this was the group of death – they’ve reshaped Euros 2024

Southgate speaking about cups being thrown and jeers at the end of the game:

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“I understand it. I’m not going to back away from it. The most important thing is the supporters stay with the team.

“I understand the narrative towards me and that’s better for the team than it being towards them. But it is creating an unusual environment to operate in. I’ve not seen any other team qualify and receive similar.

“I understand it, I’m not going to back away from it, but I’m very proud of the players for how they’re operating within it.”

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England’s matches at Euro 2024 have produced the fewest expected goals (2.26 for, 1.13 against).

Kylian Mbappe misses hand France a problem as Euro 2024 trend continues

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When the mask fell, there was no hero in sight. Instead, France’s worst fear presented himself – a man struggling with the expectation of a nation on his shoulders.

With top spot in Group D up for grabs in the scorching Ruhr Valley heat, Kylian Mbappe, who completed the Ninja Turtle look by sporting a mask to protect his broken nose, stayed calm as he slotted home from the penalty spot in the second half, putting France seemingly on course for a comfortable victory over a Poland side with nothing to play for.

Kylian Mbappe misses hand France a problem as Euro 2024 trend continues

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For the first time in European Championship history, both games in the last group stage round of a specific group ended in a goalless draw.

Gareth Southgate speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live:

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“We totally dominated the game, particularly second half. We had them pinned in for long, long periods. I was pleased that we had the composure not to get anxious.

“We know what the last week or so has been like and in those moments when everyone is desperate for the win you begin to use the ball not so patiently and find yourselves in trouble.

“Really pleased with the impact of all the players that came into the game. Of course we would have like a couple of goals to send everyone home happy but that wasn’t to be tonight.

“That was not for the want of trying by the players, we just lacked that finishing touch. The final touch or pass let us down a bit a few times.”

England midfielder Kobbie Mainoo speaking to ITV:

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“Slovenia sat deep and are a good side on the ball but I think we have the quality to break these teams down as the levels get higher the deeper we go into the tournament.

“He’s [Cole Palmer] electric and you’ve seen in the Premier League what he can do and he’s continuing to do that. He’s one of the best in training, he’s never eased off the gas.”

Denmark miss out on chance to top Group C as Serbia exit Euro 2024 after stalemate

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Denmark ground out the goalless draw they needed against Serbia to clinch second place in Group C and advance to the knockout stages of Euro 2024.

Rasmus Hojlund missed the best chance for the Danes while Serbia – who needed a win to stand any chance of qualifying – left it too late and slid out of the tournament with a single point to their name.

Aleksandar Mitrovic slid a late chance wide and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could only strike tamely at Kasper Schmeichel in injury time as their inevitable late surge came to nothing in Munich.

Denmark miss out on chance to top Group C as Serbia exit Euro 2024 after stalemate

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Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek t the press conference: “I didn’t quite expect us to be going through. We showed with our play that we deserve to go through. We were playing one of the favourites for the tournament today. Thank you to all the fans and maybe there was a bit of luck involved but our fans had our back.

“Throughout the whole day, I have felt positive and we showed mental fortitude tonight. We analysed them but when we became passive we had problems. England had a great opportunity in the 90th minute but Jan hasn’t had that much work. We played a very strong team and I emphasise again the mental fortitude of this young team.

“They have shown their true colours. You have to understand that English players play every three or four days but many of ours don’t play such high-stakes games in such a short timeframe. I am very proud of this team.”

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More from Gareth Southgate: “We have got to play well and whoever we play is going to be a really tough game. We shouldn’t be seduced by which half of the draw.

“So many things are starting to come together. We had a lot of issues before the tournament. I think the way the defence has played has been a huge positive and something to build on.

“We created chances but we just have to convert those chances.”

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England manager Gareth Southgate speaking to ITV: “I thought we were much improved with the ball. We have created some good openings and at the moment it is hard work for us.

“We are not quite getting that break in front of goal. I think the players who came on did well. I understand the reactions but it is a tough environment

“We tried to win the game by the changes we made. We put attacking players on the pitch.”

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England have played eight matches since defeating Malta 2-0 last November in Euro 2024 qualifying. They’ve won two of them – against Bosnia-Herzegovina in a friendly and Serbia at Euro 2024.

Forever going in the same cycles, England’s biggest problem is now the easiest to solve

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After about an hour on a hot, sticky night in Cologne, the England football team fans behind Jordan Pickford’s goal launched into a chant to the tune of the Great Escape, led by a banging drum and bellowed out with a renewed sense of purpose.

When it reached the end, they started again, repeating themselves for at least 15 minutes, going in the same cycles, sticking to the same rhythm in an endless drone. In a way, it was a fitting tribute to the players in front of them, given that was how England performed in this dismal 0-0 draw against Slovenia.

For a while, it was heart-warming stuff from the travelling number, a determination to enjoy themselves and provide their own entertainment even when Gareth Southgate’s failed side could not. There was a gallows humour to it, nothing else for it than pretending England were winning.

England’s biggest problem is the easiest to solve

England v Slovenia player ratings as the Three Lions play out a goalless draw in Cologne

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England played out a drab 0-0 draw with Slovenia in Cologne as Group C concluded on a stifling night in north Germany.

The Three Lions got off to a slow start, with a largely uneventful first half offering up one dangerous delivery from Kieran Trippier and a disallowed goal after some invention from Phil Foden.

The lack of tempo, movement and creativity continued in the second half even with the addition of Kobbie Mainoo and then Cole Palmer, with England struggling to create clear-cut chances across the entirety of the 90 minutes.

England v Slovenia player ratings as the Three Lions play out a goalless draw

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More John Stones: “100% they made a great impact today and credit to them. It is not easy coming away and not getting as much game-time as they want – it’s a great spirit around us.

“We focus on us and what we can control. I am a big believer in beating whoever is in front of us. We need to step-up when it counts and we will work hard on that in training.”

Watch live: Gareth Southgate questioned after England’s goalless draw with Slovenia

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Watch live as England and Slovenia give press conferences after their goalless draw in their final group game at Euro 2024 on Tuesday, 25 June.

The 0-0 score is likely to heap more pressure and questions on Gareth Southgate after England’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Denmark last week.

England, runners up in 2020, have been widely criticised following an unconvincing start to a tournament they are among the favourites to win.

They bossed possession against Slovenia but were unable to turn their dominance into victory in Cologne.

Watch live: Gareth Southgate questioned after England’s goalless draw with Slovenia

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Here’s England defender John Stones who empathises with the fans’ frustration but is happy that the Three Lions achieved their goal of topping Group C.

He told ITV: “The objective was to top the group and we have done that – it is not always going to be an easy road. It is not going to be easy when we have a target on our back to beat us.

“I thought there was a lot of improvement from the other two games, we found people in the pockets and created more chances – another step in the right direction.

“I can get the fans frustration not taking chances, but that is football – it is never an easy game.”

Boring England suffer again and only one thing can salvage Euro 2024 bid

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Declan Rice had said before this game that it might only take one match to transform England’s tournament and that might now be true… although not because of anything Gareth Southgate’s side actually did.

They again didn’t do much at all. They still somehow find themselves on the more forgiving side of the Euro 2024 draw due to results elsewhere. Southgate won’t have to worry about any of Germany, Spain, Portugal or France until the final… if they make it that far.

That is why that run can be a negative, too. Such an opportunity potentially brings more pressure, for a team that barely look like beating anybody right now.

Boring England suffer again but one solution can salvage Euro 2024 bid

The best part about England at Euro 2024 so far? The flags and retro shirts

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It hasn’t been pretty, it hasn’t been easy to watch. England are three games into their Euro 2024 campaign and so far the biggest discussions have centred over which players need to come out of the starting lineup, why the team can’t press, who isn’t fit, which former internationals are most angry and why, yet again, it’s almost certainly not coming home.

A narrow and nervy win over Serbia was followed by a tame and fortunate draw with Denmark. On Tuesday night, Group C came to a conclusion with a truly dismal goalless draw against Slovenia, leaving England short on inspiration and goalscoring form, but top of the quartet and safely through to the last 16.

The best part about England at Euro 2024? The flags and retro shirts

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More from Kane: “I think the boys who came on did really well and kept the energy high and that’s what we need. We need everyone chipping in and that’s what we are doing so far.

“These games are tough.

“We have been here before and stepped it up in the past when we have got to the knockouts. All games in this tournament are tough. It is going to be a difficult challenge ahead and we have enough ability to keep pushing.”

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Here’s a few quotes from England captain Harry Kane: “That was the aim before the start of the tournament.

“Come top of the group and control our destiny. I thought we played a lot better than the other games. We couldn’t just find that finish but we look forward to the next one.

“We created some half chances and there were some that we could maybe have done better.”

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‘England fans are worried’ says Coady

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Former England defender Conor Coady speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live:

“I think all of the England supporters are worried with what they’re seeing. We wanted this to be the game where England arrived on this huge stage and say, ‘England are finally here!’

“We haven’t seen that. There was nothing in the game to suggest that. There were a few half chances and the bright cameo from Cole Palmer but aside from that it was more of the same.”

Who could England play next and when? Euro 2024 draw and last-16 schedule

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Now that England are through to the knockout rounds as confirmed group winners we take a look at who they could face in the round of 16:

Who could England play next and when? Euro 2024 draw and last-16 schedule

England booed off after drab goalless draw with Slovenia at Euro 2024

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England’s players were booed off after a 0-0 draw with Slovenia as fans made their displeasure known at the end of a drab showing in Cologne.

After heavy criticism for ponderous performances against both Serbia and Denmark, Gareth Southgate’s side were again lacklustre in their third and final Euro 2024 group game.

A point may have secured progression to the knockout rounds as Group C winners, but a team tipped by many ahead of the tournament to contend are yet to sparkle in Germany.

England booed off after drab goalless draw with Slovenia at Euro 2024

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Serbia v Denmark has finished goalless meaning England go through as group winners.

Denmark finish second with Slovenia third and both sides go through.

There’s a particular quirk to this though as Denmark and Slovenia finished level on points, goal difference, goals scored and disciplinary record (6-6 on yellow cards).

To decide who came second meant looking at which team had the best qualifying record,

Denmark finished above Slovenia in the same qualifying group and go through on a head-to-head record after both sides finished qualifying on the same amount of points as well.

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Harry Kane says that England had more energy and control of the ball but were lacking in the final third. He says it was a better performance from the team and he’s probably right.

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The questions Gareth Southgate had coming into this match remain. England don’t know their best starting XI but there were some positive signs.

Kobbie Mainoo was good, Cole Palmer energetic and Anthony Gordon quick. Kyle Walker also was a suitable replacement at left-back.

There are slim positives but things need to improve rapidly ahead of the last-16.

Full-time! England 0-0 Slovenia

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90+4 mins: Mainoo to Kane, Kane to Palmer, Palmer’s shot into the chest of Oblak. It’s a quick move from England’s substitutes and almost yields the breakthrough.

The full time whistle goes and England’s final group stage match ends in a draw. They’ve failed to beat Slovenia who have just secured third place in the group and a place in the knockout rounds.

At present England are top of Group C but if Denmark score against Serbia they’ll drop to second.

England 0-0 Slovenia

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90+1 mins: Gordon’s first touch is to knock the ball past the right-back and he looks to sprint past him. The flick on is slightly too heavy and the ball rolls out of play before he can reach it.

Four added minutes to play.

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90 mins: Walker switches the play with a lovely diagonal pass and finds Palmer who wins a free kick after running into Janza. Foden and Alexander-Arnold are over the set piece.

Foden delivers it but can’t find a player in the middle and Slovenia deal with the set piece.

Phil Foden is now taken off with Anthony Gordon getting however many stoppage time minutes there are to impress.

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Our chief football writer Miguel Delaney has the latest from Cologne:

Mainoo had at least helped bring what felt like England’s only extended spell of control in the tournament so far, but Slovenia dug in. They were under pressure but England just didn’t have the inspiration to open them up. Put bluntly, although England were a bit better, they lacked creativity, pace and width. Basically, everything you need. Southgate did attempt to remedy one of those by finally bringing on Cole Palmer, to raucous cheers. Slovenia currently look more comfortable, though.

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86 mins: Trent Alexander-Arnold comes on for England and slots into the right-back position. Kyle Walker has switched over to left-back with Kieran Trippier taken off by Gareth Southgate.

Trippier was struggling with a hamstring and he’s on a yellow card so the logic must be there’s no point risking him anymore.

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83 mins: Foden takes a shot and has it blocked. Palmer then puts in a cross but can’t find a teammate. England are trying to get this winning goal.

It’s just not clicking, and it hasn’t been all tournament.

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80 mins: 10 minutes to play.

The England fans have been entertaining all evening and have not stopped singing and chanting despite another lacklustre performance from their team.

England 0-0 Slovenia

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77 mins: Palmer takes on a couple of defenders over on the left wing and wins a throw in. He gives it to Foden who slips Rice into the box.

Rice shoots on the spin but hooks the effort well wide of the back post. Can England find the spark to break this deadlock?

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74 mins: Harry Kane almost forces his way around Jaka Bijol who makes a mess of an attempted clearance. Kane almost darts into the box but Bijol drags him down instead.

The free kick is supplied by Kieran Trippier this time but he knocks it too deep and Marc Guehi’s best efforts aren’t enough to keep the attack going.

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71 mins: The free kick is flicked into the box but doesn’t threaten England’s defence. Gareth Southgate goes to the bench again and replaces Bukayo Saka with Cole Palmer.

Can Palmer make an impact now?

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69 mins: Marc Guehi miscontrols the ball as it’s booted away from the Slovenia box and allows Andraz Sporar to nick possession. He drags down the forward and earns a yellow card for the cynical tackle.

Free kick to Slovenia in a dangerous area.

England 0-0 Slovenia

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66 mins: Bellingham runs into the back of Janza who tries to shield the ball as it rolls out of play. The Slovenian defender times a bit of time out of the game by going to the deck with a faux injury.

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63 mins: Lee Dixon on ITV commentary is crying out for some pace to be added to the wings for England. Gareth Southgate has Anthony Gordon, Jarrod Bowen and Cole Palmer waiting on the bench.

Elsewhere, The Independent’s Miguel Delaney says:

Better from England who have Slovenia penned into their box – but they are defending cannily. Still needs that elevation in inspiration. — Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 25, 2024

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57 mins: Mainoo looks to receive and move the ball quickly but gets clattered by Vanja Drkusic who leaves quite a bit on the youngster.

England win a free kick over on the left side of the pitch. Phil Foden swings it into the middle but Jaka Bijol gets there ahead of Harry Kane to stop the attack.

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54 mins: England recover possession high up the pitch and move it over to the left wing. Kane drops back and collects the ball then laces a diagonal pass over to Walker inside the box.

Walker hopes to volley a pass across the middle but scuffs it out of play.

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51 mins: It’s brighter and sharper from England. They’re moving the ball quicker, and playing further up the pitch. Kane wins another corner which Slovenia manage to deal with initially.

The ball comes to out to Foden who then drags a shot wide of the target!

England 0-0 Slovenia

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48 mins: Mainoo’s first involvement sees him send a pass out wide to Jude Bellingham then continue a run to drive England up the pitch.

His second involvement sees him link up play on the opposite side of the pitch and find Bellingham again this time in the box where the Real Madrid man wins a corner.

England 0-0 Slovenia: On comes Kobbie Mainoo

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A drastic move from Gareth Southgate as the England manager hooks Conor Gallagher at half-time and brings on Kobbie Mainoo. Gallagher was asked to play a very different role to Trent Alexander Arnold and stayed high and within England’s inside-right, to the extent that he barely saw the ball in the first 45. Mainoo seems to have come on with new instructions: . Even within the first few moments here, the teenager is drifting around and popping up in different positions.

Gary Neville criticises ‘basic’ England after drab first half against Slovenia

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England were criticised for a “basic” and disjointed performance in the first half of their final Group C match against Slovenia at Euro 2024.

Aside from a few Harry Kane shots from distance – and a Bukayo Saka tap-in which was ruled out for offside in the buildup – the Three Lions rarely threatened, looking comfortable in possession but not taking the game to Slovenia with any great regularity.

Ange Postecoglou suggested England’s desire to press more in their third game was being hampered by the fact they actually had domination of the ball, and mooted his belief that the latest midfield iteration – Conor Gallagher having replaced Trent Alexander-Arnold in the starting XI – was not quite of the right balance.

Neville criticises ‘basic’ England after drab first half against Slovenia

Second half! England 0-0 Slovenia

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Gareth Southgate makes a change at the break with Kobbie Mainoo coming on to replace Conor Gallagher as Gareth Southgate continues to search for an ideal partner to Declan Rice.

It wasn’t Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gallagher’s 45 minutes didn’t pan out. Can Mainoo improve the team?

Slovenia get the ball rolling again in Cologne.

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In the other Group C match tonight Serbia and Denmark are also playing out a 0-0 draw at present. That means as things stand England are topping the group with Slovenia edging through to the last-16.

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England 0-0 Slovenia: Some Three Lions fans boo team at break

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Our chief football writer Miguel Delaney has the latest from Cologne:

There were a fair few boos at half-time from the England end. It really hasn’t improved much from the previous games. There are so few connections. Slovenia really fancy this, as visible in how they are going into 50-50s. Phil Foden and Declan Rice are the only two England players really making anything happen. Harry Kane looks so leaden.

England 0-0 Slovenia: Boos in Cologne

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A few jeers from the England end at half-time, which came as England had the ball. Would it have ended with anything? Probably not, given how tepid and predictable their play has been in the opening 45. Slovenia, in their 4-4-2, are offering gaps to England but there are often so many players crowding the space. They desperately need some proper width.

England 0-0 Slovenia: Three Lions struggle

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Our chief football writer Miguel Delaney has the latest from Cologne:

Quite an uncertain start for England. Conor Gallagher’s inclusion hasn’t solved much as he isn’t really showing for the ball. Slovenia clearly fancy something here. That could be seen in how Stojanovic beat Trippier to a 50-50 and then beat him to the ball. It hasn’t convinced yet.

England 0-0 Slovenia

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44 mins: Kane drops back to receive the ball and turn. He’s in space and goes for goal but watches his effort deflected out for a corner.

Trippier trots across to take the set piece and floats on over to the back post where Declan Rice fouls his marker.

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41 mins: Close! Foden comes inside and switches with Bellingham. He takes the ball to the edge of the box then knocks it back to Trippier.

Trippier fizzes a fine cross into the middle where both Kane and Gallagher throw themselves at the ball and miss it!

It bounces just wide of the back post.

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32 mins: Kane gets the ball to feet on the edge of the box, he spins and shoots but the effort is defended. England get the ball back and work it over to Foden who whips in a tantalising cross.

Slovenia turn it behind for a corner.

The set piece finds Kane who can only nod the ball into the air. The second dropping ball is knocked over to Rice who shrugs off a tackle and picks out the captain once more.

Kane turns the ball towards goal but picks out Jan Oblak between the sticks. Better from England.

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29 mins: Phil Foden wants the ball to move quicker when it comes out to the wing. He gives it to Kieran Trippier and gestures wildy for it to be played across to Declan Rice.

Trippier dallies in possession and when the pass comes it’s blocked and deflects out for a throw in.

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18 mins: A slick move from England see them sweep up the pitch on the inside right with Bellingham sending Bukayo Saka into the box. He lifts a cross over to the back post but Phil Foden can’t get to the ball.

Slovenia break up the pitch with Kieran Trippier bombing forward and making a foul. Andraz Sporar gets released into the vacant space behind the left-back and is brought down beside the box.

The resultant free kick comes into the middle but England manage to deal with it.

England 0-0 Slovenia: Woeful start from England

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Our sports reporter Jamie Braidwood has the latest from Cologne:

England needed a reaction but after 15 minutes it’s arguably even… worse? So many of the connections within this structure look broken when England are on the ball, as evidenced by a number of passes that have been off target so far. Slovenia look solid in their shape, and are finding it pretty easy to cut through England too.

England 0-0 Slovenia

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15 mins: Harry Kane is being man marked every time he comes deep to receive the ball. Phil Foden moves inside and switches positions with the captain to try and draw away a defender.

John Stones, perhaps thinking about the next pass, miscontrols the ball and it bounces out for a throw in.

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6 mins: Chance!

The first opportunity comes to Slovenia who switch the play and whip a cross into the box from the left wing. The delivery picks out Petar Stojanovic who nods it back across the box.

Benjamin Sesko is there to win the second header but nods it straight to Jordan Pickford.

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3 mins: England’s players spoke about pressing up the pitch and there’s an early display as Harry Kane sprints to close down goalkeeper Jan Oblak with Phil Foden pushing up on Vanja Drkusic as Slovenia attempt to play out from the back.

Decent work off the ball from the Three Lions.

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