Forster watches on in England draw

By SFC Media Tue 11 Oct International

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was an unused substitute as England registered a goalless draw against Slovenia.

In the first-half, Slovenia came closest to breaking the deadlock when Eric Dier’s back pass to Joe Hart was intercepted by Roman Bezjak, before being worked to Jasmin Kurtic who saw his effort come out off the post.

On 14 minutes, England had an appeal for a penalty turned down when Daniel Sturridge ran into the box and went down under a light challenge from Rene Krhin.

And after a first-half of few clear-cut chances, the Three Lions were grateful to Joe Hart for keeping the scoreline at 0-0.

Valter Birsa’s corner was flicked into the six-yard box for Cesar, but Hart did brilliantly to turn it behind. From the second corner, Hart produced a stunning save to keep out Kurtic’s header with the aid of post and bar.

That almost saw an opportunity for Forster as Hart went down injured, but the Torino man was deemed ok to continue.

With 20 minutes remaining, Hart produced another fine stop to deny Ilicic after Jordan Henderson’s blind pass back to Gary Cahill presented the opportunity.

England pressed in search of an illusive winner late on and had a chance when Danny Rose took in Cahill’s diagonal ball well and burst into the area but his right-footed effort was dragged wide.

Substitute Wayne Rooney saw his effort from the edge of the area go just wide before his club teammate Jesse Lingard was denied superbly by Jan Oblak.

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