Slovakia v England

England striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the winner against Wales

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    TEAM NEWS

    Slovakia could be unchanged following their win over Russia last time out.

    They have six players on yellow cards, including Martin Skrtel, and another booking would see them banned from a potential last 16 match.

    England forwards Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy could both start after scoring in the 2-1 win over Wales.

    Third-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton is nursing a finger injury, while Gary Cahill goes into the game on one yellow card.

    MATCH PREVIEW

    Back on track; victories for both England and Slovakia in their second group game have put both nations on course for qualification.

    The main man when the countries last met was Wayne Rooney. Then aged 24, he scored twice in a 4-0 friendly win in March 2009.

    Now playing in central midfield, Rooney is arguably enjoying his most influential display at a major finals since he broke into the international scene with four goals at Euro 2004.

    If Rooney, England’s record goalscorer, plays in Saint-Etienne he will equal Steven Gerrard’s total of 114 caps – the third-highest by an England player. He will be just one behind David Beckham, who holds the record for an outfield player.

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    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • England have won all three of their previous meetings with Slovakia, including both games in qualifying for Euro 2004.
    • They won 4-0 when the two nations last met, a friendly in 2009. Wayne Rooney scored twice in that game, his 20th and 21st for England – he now has a record 52 goals for his country.
    • Seven of England’s eight goals against Slovakia have been scored after the 60th minute.

    Slovakia

    • Slovakia have never kept a clean sheet in six previous games at a major tournament.
    • Only one of those games ended in a draw, 1-1 v New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup.
    • Marek Hamsik has been directly involved in four goals in his last three competitive games with Slovakia (three goals, one assist).
    • Twenty of Slovakia’s 22 attempts at Euro 2016 have seen Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss or Robert Mak involved, either as the shot taker or assist provider.

    England

    • England’s only previous game at Saint-Etienne’s Geoffroy Guichard stadium was in the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup against Argentina. They drew 2-2 but lost 4-3 on penalties.
    • The game is infamous for David Beckham’s red card after kicking out at Diego Simeone, now Atletico Madrid coach.
    • Excluding penalties, England are unbeaten in their last nine games at the Euros (W5, D4), since a 2-1 loss to France at Euro 2004.
    • They scored two goals via their substitutes against Wales (Vardy and Sturridge). Their subs had only scored four goals in their 90 previous games at major tournaments.
    • Jamie Vardy is England’s top scorer in 2016 with four goals in five games.

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