No one thought that Sam Allardyce is the right man to steer the ship to the dock until yesterday when he proved that he can bring change to the national team.
After taking over the reigns from Roy Hodgson as the England national team coach, Sam Allardyce has tasted his first win.
Adam Lallana’s heroics saved England from a frustrating draw at the City Arena, the visitors having dominated possession against a lacklustre Slovakia but failed to capitalise on the chances they created.
The Liverpool midfielder struck in the fifth minute of added on time in Trnava on Sunday to snatch all three points for the Three Lions, his low strike creeping under Matus Kozacik.
It took until the 65th minute for England to hit the target for the first time. Wayne Rooney hit a low shot straight at Kozacik as the captain became England’s most capped outfield player, surpassing the record he held with David Beckham, by making a 116th appearance.
Lallana and Sturridge could have snatched all three points late on but the Liverpool duo were wasteful, and when substitute Theo Walcott did beat Kozacik in stoppage time his effort was ruled out for offside.
Allardyce claimed before the game that he might be satisfied with a draw against a Slovakian side who shut England out in a 0-0 group-stage draw at Euro 2016 – but that would not have been the case had they failed to profit from their numerical advantage in Trnava.
England produced the sort of performance in their opening 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Slovakia that cost Allardyce’s predecessor Roy Hodgson his job after a poor performance at Euro 2016 campaign in France.
On this day, England captain, Wayne Rooney became the most capped out-field player overtaking David Beckham.
The 30 year old Manchester United player made his 116th international appearance during the match against Slovakia.
Wayne Rooney made his England debut in 2003 as a 17 year old.