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Gareth Southgate’s England won their group to set up this last 16 clash with Slovakia in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday, but all is not well with the Three Lions.

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England are unbeaten at Euro 2024 so far, but a 1-0 win over Serbia followed by a 1-1 draw with Denmark and a 0-0 draw with Slovenia has hardly given their fans hope that they can go on and win the tournament. 


Defeats at Wembley to Brazil and Iceland were disappointing. A 2-2 draw with Belgium was very fortunate due to a very late equalizer from Jude Bellingham, while their sole wins have come against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. 


That has to improve and it is up to manager Gareth Southgate to find the answer. What is abundantly clear is that despite arguably the most talented squad in the tournament, the England manager is struggling to utilise his best players in his currency system. 


One positive they have is that they have not lost to Slovakia in six games, drawing just one and winning the others. However, if England are to be genuine contenders in this tournament, they need to find form and goals very quickly. 


Slovakia caused the first big upset of the tournament when they defeated Belgium 1-0 in their opening group game. It was a real smash-and-grab performance by the Slovakians who saw VAR come to their aid on several occasions and Belgium did everything but score a goal. 


Defeat followed against the Ukraine in a 2-1 loss, but they then drew 1-1 with Romania. Good enough for third place in a group where all four teams finished on four points.


Slovakia have achieved their dream of reaching the knockout phase, now they stand a chance of another giant-killing upset. Especially against an England team so out-of-sorts. Although it should be remembered that they never beat England in a game in six attempts, losing five.


Whoever progresses from the England v Slovenia tie will go on to the quarterfinals to face the winner of the Switzerland v Italy Round of 16 game.


Prediction: England 1-0 Slovakia


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