Roy Hodgson had Jack Wilshere to thank after the Arsenal midfielder blasted home an equaliser during England’s European Championship qualifier against Slovenia.
Some excellent work from half-time substitute Adam Lallana saw the ball fall to Wilshere on the edge of the box, and he slammed an effort into the top corner. However, rather than celebration, it was a massive sense of relief that greeted the midfielder’s first international goal.
The strike had come after an energetic start to the second-half from Hodgson’s men in Ljubljana, as they tried to recover from the shock of going into the break behind thanks to a sloppy goal from an England perspective.
Phil Jones took a terrible throw in deep inside Slovenia’s half, which allowed the home side to come away with the ball. Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling then preceded to play a poor attempt at an offside trap, only for the ball to be comfortably slid into the path of 36-year-old Milivoje Novakovic.
The veteran forward – who plays his club football in Japan – managed to tuck the ball past Joe Hart, and send the majority of the stadium into a frenzy.
However, Wilshere’s stunning strike has silenced them once again, and given England hope of taking three points back home with them.