Jordan Henderson captained England to an important 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley on Monday night, as they edged closer to 2018 World Cup qualification.
Henderson again skippered the Three Lions, as was the case in Malta on Friday, with new Liverpool signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also named in the starting lineup.
Daniel Sturridge was an unused substitute on the night, which Reds supporters will probably be very relieved about.
Stanislav Lobotka opened the scoring for the visitors in just the third minute, finishing from close-range after a disastrous attempt to dribble the ball out of defence by Man United‘s Marcus Rashford.
Tottenham‘s Eric Dier equalised before half-time, with the midfielder finishing well at the front post from a corner, and England were the better team from that point on.
Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t have an impressive night though, losing the ball carelessly a number of times and showing some poor decision making. Although, he wasn’t the only guilty party there.
The 24-year-old switched from the left wing to the right in the second-half, and did hit the target with a well-struck half-volley.
Rashford redeemed himself just before the hour mark, finding the bottom corner with a precise strike, and it was the winner on a dull night at Wembley.
Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel captained Slovakia, and on a night not full of entertainment value, the fact he has grown hair proved to be one of the main talking points.
Attention for the Reds contingent now turns to Saturday’s clash with Man City at the Etihad, with Oxlade-Chamberlain hoping to make his debut.