England vs Slovenia player ratings: Jack Wilshere comes of age but Phil Jones and Andros Townsend have a shocker

Man-for-man marking from the Group E Euro 2016 qualifier

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England emerged unscathed from Ljubljana with three points in the bag after a superb Jack Wilshere double and a late Wayne Rooney effort secured a 3-2 victory over Slovenia.

Playing in their first ever game in Slovenia, England got off to a slow start as they were unable to convert any of the few chances they created, with Raheem Sterling spurning two chances to break the deadlock.

They paid the price shortly before half-time, as Milivoje Novakovic slotted the ball past Joe Hart to put the home side ahead.

England regrouped after the break, with Roy Hodgson deciding to replace Phil Jones with Adam Lallana and move Jordan Henderson to right-back. The move worked, as Wilshere rocketed in an effort from the edge of the area to draw England level.

But that was a sign of things to come, as the Arsenal midfielder found the ball sit up kindly for him from a beautiful flick from Lallana to send a thunderous effort into the top corner and put England ahead.

Slovenia responded and looked to have salvaged a draw when Nejc Pecnik headed in from close range, but Rooney got on the end of a lucky deflection to wrong-foot goalkeeper Samir Handanovic and secure the win.

So how did England perform? Click on the gallery below to view our player ratings.

 

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