England warmed up for their World Cup clash with Croatia in midweek with a 2-1 win over Slovenia in a friendly at Wembley.
Frank Lampard’s penalty put England ahead in the first half, before substitute Jermain Defoe continued his excellent form for club and country by doubling their lead after the break. Zlatan Ljubijankic scored a consolation for the visitors late on.
Slovenia may have provided marginally sterner opposition than the majority of the Wembley crowd had expected but, for the most part, Fabio Capello’s side put in an encouragingly assured performance four days before they have the chance to seal their place in South Africa next year.
They have the chance to maintain their competitive 100 per cent record against the Croatia side that became their nemesis under previous boss Steve McClaren.
First Half Highlights
Second Half Highlights