England 1 Slovenia 0
England 1 Slovenia 0, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, FIFA World Cup Finals Group Stage, June 23, 2010. England shook off a mediocre start to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to edge out Slovenia 1-0 in Port Elizabeth. Thanks to a brilliant team effort The Three Lions managed to go through to the Second Round of the tournament and a clash with Germany.
Always willing to provide a helping hand, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson gave Wayne Rooney some much needed advice on the telephone ahead of the group stage encounter against Slovenia. The England side pressed hard from the very beginning, but the Slovenes kept the red shirts at bay during the opening stages of the fixture. Then, in the 23rd minute of the tie, Tottenham Hotspur frontman Jermain Defoe managed to give some welcome relief to the 30,000 England supporters at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium when he put his country ahead after meeting a good cross from James Milner. The White Hart Lane favourite also had the ball in the net shortly after the half time refreshments, but Rooney was offside. At long last, Fabio Capello´s men had managed to overcome the fear which had paralysed their playing performances against the United States and Algeria. The 1-0 win over the Central Europeans in Port Elizabeth was a lot more convincing than the scoreline would indicate, however, and England should have won by more if it hadn’t been for Udinese and Slovenia custodian Samir Handanovic. Rooney was eventually replaced by Joe Cole in the 72nd minute of the match after aggravating his ankle injury, but the striker was most certain to start the next game. The Three Lions finishing second in their group meant that they would now be up against Germany at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. England Team: David James, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Matt Upson, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, James Milner, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe. Substitutes: Aaron Lennon, Michael Dawson, Stephen Warnock, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Emile Heskey, Peter Crouch, Rob Green, Joe Hart. Slovenia Team: Samir Handanovic, Bostjan Cesar, Marko Suler, Bojan Jokic, Andraz Kirm, Miso Brecko, Robert Koren, Aleksander Radosavljevic, Milivoje Novakovic, Zlatan Ljubijankic, Valter Birsa. Substitutes: Elvediin Dzinic, Suad Filekovic, Branko Ilic, Matej Mavric, Andrej Komac, Dalibor Stevanovic, Rene Krhin, Zlatko Dedic, Tim Matavz, Jasmin Handanovic, Aleskander Seliga.