Adama Lallana scored the winning goal in England’s World Cup qualifier and ensured that Sam Allardyce’s tenure as England boss kicked off on a positive note.
England won 1-0 against Slovakia, who played with ten men for most of the second half after Martin Skrtel (who else?) was sent off, in their first World Cup qualifier.
The Liverpool midfielder netted in the fourth minute of stoppage time to clinch the points for the Three Lions.
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Lallana was delighted to score his first goal for his country and says it’s due to the pressure he puts on himself as well as the targets he sets.
“It’s been a long time coming. I put pressure on myself to score goals and I knew it was only a matter of time,” Lallana said, according to the Mirror.
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“I had a few chances tonight and was unlucky to hit the post. We kept plugging away and as a unit I thought we did brilliantly. Credit to the lads, we’ve worked hard since the new manager has come in and it’s a great start.
“The manager made it very clear to us he wanted us to keep a clean sheet. Coming anywhere away from home in a World Cup qualifier is going to be tough and I thought we were very disciplined at times.
“As the game went on and they went down to 10 men we did create chances and sometimes you’ve got to stick it out until the last minute, and thankfully today we got the goal.”