Gary Cahill (right) and Adam Lallana of England celebrate after Lallana scored a late winner against Slovakia.
Gary Cahill (right) and Adam Lallana of England celebrate after Lallana scored a late winner against Slovakia. STRINGER

England must put sides away, says new boss

NEW England manager Sam Allardyce says his team must be more clinical after scraping an opening 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia.

England, which had drawn 0-0 with Slovakia in Euro 2016, struggled once more to break down a stubborn home defence, even when it lost skipper Martin Skrtel after he was shown a second yellow card with 30 minutes remaining.

Adam Lallana snatched a winner in the fifth minute of injury time to get England off to a winning start on the road to Russia 2018 in Allardyce's first game.

But Allardyce said England must do better in front of goal.

"Slovakia just parked the bus,” he said.

"In fact, they parked a double decker but we are going to have to be more clinical.

"We've got Theo Walcott scoring for Arsenal and Adam Lallana scoring for Liverpool.

"Harry Kane hasn't got one today, so he is a bit slow off the mark, while we know Daniel Sturridge can score. Wayne Rooney can score.

"Those players have to pop up and be a little bit more clinical in front of goal and make life a little bit easier for us.”

Rooney played in his 116th international, becoming the most-capped outfield player for England.

Only goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who won 125 caps, has played more times for England.

England's next qualifier is at Wembley on October 8 against Malta, which was beaten 5-1 at home by Scotland.

Defending World Cup champion Germany won 3-0 in Norway to begin its title defence.


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