England vs. Slovakia (Tactical Report)

Finishing was the biggest problem as the English players often hit their shots either straight at the goalkeeper or at a defender.

England endured a frustrating night after its final group stage match against Slovakia ended in a goalless draw. The Three Lions dominated from start to finish but failed to find the back of the net against a resilient Slovakian backline.

Roy Hodgson made as many as six changes to the starting line-up with Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy leading the line. Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere started in midfield alongside Eric Dier. But it was one of the changes in defence that was proving to be an extremely effective outlet.

Nathaniel Clyne bombarded down the right flank at every opportunity while also negating Vladimir Weiss's impact in the England half. The Liverpool right-back linked up well with the forward players as England pushed Slovakia deep into its own half. Finishing was the biggest problem as the English players often hit their shots either straight at the goalkeeper or at a defender.

Jamie Vardy had one of the best chances of the game, exposing Martin Skrtel's lack of pace when he chased down Henderson's through ball only to hit his effort straight at the goalkeeper (see picture).

Slovakia could not muster any genuine efforts at goal with its main threat Marek Hamsik kept under wraps by Eric Dier.

Hodgson sent on Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli and Harry Kane at different points in the second-half but Slovakia held its own and came away with a point which saw the team finish third. England qualifies for the knock-out stage as runner-up.