Jagielka Helps England Beat Slovenia

by Rob Urbani
@Everton

Phil Jagielka helped England notch their fourth successive Euro 2016 qualifying win on Saturday evening.

The Blues skipper was substituted in the 89th minute as the Three Lions came from behind to beat Slovenia 3-1.

Jagielka was booked shortly before he was replaced by Chris Smalling in the closing stages. 

Ross Barkley was an unused substitute at Wembley.

The visitors took a surprise lead when Jordan Henderson headed into his own net at the start of the second half.

Everton academy graduate Wayne Rooney – on his 100th England appearance - equalised from the spot two minutes later before Danny Welbeck’s brace sealed the win.

The victory leaves Roy Hodgson’s side comfortably placed at the top of Group E after recouping a maximum of 12 points from their qualifying campaign to date.

Earlier on Saturday, Christian Atsu played 70 minutes in Ghana’s 1-0 defeat to Uganda in a 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

A win would have secured the Black Stars' place at the tournament, which is now being played in Equatorial Guinea in January and February. 

Ghana’s next chance to qualify is on Tuesday when they host Togo in their last group game. 

At Under-18s level, Ryan Ledson captained England to a 3-2 win in Poland. Callum Connolly was on the scoresheet in Gdynia.

Meanwhile, Darron Gibson has been released from the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against the United States in Dublin.

The midfielder played 69 minutes in their 1-0 defeat to Scotland on Friday evening but has now returned to Everton after receiving a minor knock to the knee.

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