The Liverpool midfielder struck in the fifth minute of added on time in
Trnava to snatch all three points for the Three Lions, his low strike creeping
under Matus Kozacik.
Lallana's heroics saved England from a frustrating draw at the City Arena,
the visitors having dominated possession against a lacklustre Slovakia.
It took discount ace
16+ purecontrol 64 minutes for Wayne Rooney to register England's
first shot on target, but the visitors were relentless in piling on the pressure
after Martin Skrtel was sent off after a series of fouls on Harry Kane.
Rooney – who became England's most capped outfield player – saw a free-kick
ripple the top of the net, and Lallana thudded a left-footed strike against the
post as frustrations grew.Substitute Daniel Sturridge wasted a glorious chance
after replacing MercurialX
Proximo II Kane, but his blushes were spared as Lallana netted his
first international goal to secure the win.
England made an assertive start with good periods of possession but
Allardyce's side lacked quality in the final third, the visitors unable to test
Kozacik in the Slovakia goal.
The hosts also lacked a cutting edge and the opening 20 minutes passed by
with little worthy of note, although that changed midway through the half as
Lallana and Kyle Walker made good ground down the England right.
A one-two released Walker but Kane missed his kick from five yards when
trying to get on the end of his club-mate's cross.After wasting two promising
free-kicks, Slovakia had to wait until the 37th minute for their best chance of
the half. Danny Rose was caught in possession by Michal Duris inside his discount
magista obra ii own penalty area, but the striker's low cross just
mercurial superfly v evaded Dusan Svento's lunge.
Raheem Sterling flashed a shot across Kozacik's goal before the break after
good work from Kane, but both sides went into the interval having failed to
register a shot on target.
Buoyed by that late chance England started the second half positively, and
they found themselves with a man advantage just before the hour.
Slovakia captain Skrtel – who had been booked in the first half for discount x 16+
purechaos throwing an arm at Kane – was shown a second yellow after
stamping all over the Tottenham striker's calf.