18:45 GMT 04 September 2017
The first international break of the 2017/18 season sees international football return to Wembley as England look to confirm their place at the World Cup next summer in Russia. They face a Slovakia side who sit just two points below them in the group, who can go top with a win over the Three Lions. A win for England would see them go five points clear at the top of the group, which would all but confirm a place for them at the biggest tournament in the world.
The two nations have faced off on five occasions on the international stage and Slovakia are yet to have beaten England. With four wins and a draw, it is a fixture that is certainly dominated by the Three Lions and Slovakia have failed to score in each of the last three meetings between the sides. The last match was the reverse qualifier 12 months ago, where England won 1-0 thanks to a 95th minute Adam Lallana winner. Head to head matches: England - Slovakia
Head to head matches: England - Slovakia
A win for England would pretty much confirm automatic qualification to the group stage of next summer’s World Cup. They don’t have Adam Lallana due to injury but other than that, they have a full squad available. Harry Kane is expected to lead the line with Dele Alli playing just off him.
Latest matches: England
Three points in this qualifier for Slovakia would put them top of Group F, in pole position for automatic qualification. Marek Hamsik will play a vital part and he will play alongside Adam Nemec in the attacking third for the visitors.
Latest matches: Slovakia
It is hard to see England losing this match but with how they have played in the last few years, it isn’t impossible for Slovakia to snatch an away win. The hosts, with home support, are strong favourites for the vital three points but shouldn’t get complacent against a decent international opponent. A draw wouldn’t be a catastrophe for the Three Lions but it would be seen as embarrassing.
04 September 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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