Alfie Mawson: Team talk helped us turn things around against Slovakia

In sunny conditions in Kielce, Poland, England fell behind to Martin Chrien's first half goal but fought back valiantly in the second half as Swansea City's Alfie Mawson equalized and Southampton's Nathan Redmond scored the victor with a stunner.

The former Burton Albion loanee was named among the substitutes for a second straight game following Friday's goalless draw with Sweden. So when Slovakia took a lead into the half-time interval, fear of failure could have crippled them.

'We knew we had to stop their key players tonight. But, when you get to this level, you have to be realistic that you can't win every single game.

"We were annoyed", said Mawson of a dismal first-half performance from England.

Chrien headed in after 23 minutes as England struggled to get going but after replacing Mason Holgate with Jacob Murphy at the break they began to recover. It was an attacking substitution that reaped dividends within minutes when Redmond laid the ball back to the Norwich man and he delivered an accurate cross into the box that Mawson converted at the second attempt. "Murphy showed that he wasn't a right-back".

"We've got Slovakia and then the hosts on Thursday in front of a packed house".

England have no injury worries but changes are expected after a fairly limp display last time out. England has a very strong squad but I'm proud of my team because we created great pressure the last 30 minutes.

Poland could have secured a point late on when Pawel Dawidowicz's goal-bound header was remarkably kept out but the hosts could have few complaints about the final scoreline having landed only three efforts on-target throughout. To his credit, the 19-year-old held his own despite not featuring directly any of the goals - though England's victor did come from a tussle he won against Milan Škriniar, who's a regular in Serie A for Sampdoria. He got more support than against Sweden and responded by showing his quality.

Boothroyd said: "That's what I'm paid for". "There were two individual errors which resulted in goals".

"So for me Tammy's up there on his own, he's got to hold it up, he was getting roughed up a bit as well by the defenders".

Vanessa Coleman

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