England are taking on Slovakia in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley and things are not going well for the home side.
In a battle of the top two sides in Group F, a win against Slovakia would put England in the driver’s seat and firm favourites to qualify for the World Cup next year. Having destroyed Malta at the weekend, momentum was with the home side going into Monday night’s clash with the table-toppling Slovaks.
Unfortunately for England, an early goal for the visitors has given Gareth Southgate’s side the difficult task of turning things around in front of an expectant home crowd.
The goal came from some, perhaps, questionable defensive footwork from Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. Easily dispossessed, Rashford was forced to watch the ball sail over England’s defence and into the path of Stanislav Lobotka, who calmly slotted past a flapping Joe Hart.
Take a look.
England's Marcus Rashford trying to Pele his way out of Slovakia's high pressure for a disastrous outcome ? pic.twitter.com/cXAkF32Ie5
— Thiago (@TScabbia) September 4, 2017
As things stand, Slovakia will top the group and remain in pole position to qualify for next summer’s tournament in Russia, while England will be faced with play-off football in order to qualify.
The home side has shown threatening signs since their early slip-up, however, so let’s not consign them to second place just yet.