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Slovenia vs England – teams announced

| 23.06.2010

Fabio Capello starts Jermain Defoe up front with Wayne Rooney and sticks to his preferred 4-4-2 formation for England’s match against Slovenia, which kicks off at 3pm.

Jermain Defoe to score first is 5/1, while Wayne Rooney is a 7/2 chance.

James Milner also comes in for Aaron Lennon as Capello strives for more consistent crossing. Milner is a decent goal threat too and is a 12/1 shot to net first.

Matthew Upson makes his first World Cup appearance as expected, alongside John Terry. Slovenia have scored in both their Group B games so far but England will be desperate for a shut-out today.

An England clean sheet is 8/11, while Slovenia are Evens to score over 0.5 goals.

Realistically, England need a two-goal win to have hopes of a top-spot finish realised. England to win with Slovenia +1 is an 8/5 shot.

Left-footed Valter Birsa once again starts on the right for Matjaz Kek’s side. His sweet strike opened the scoring against the USA and is an 18/1 chance to do it again here.

Zlatan Ljubijankic, who also netted against the USA, starts up front and is 12/1 to score first against England.

Former West Brom playmaker Robert Koren scored the only goal against Algeria in the Slovenians’ opening match – he’s a 20/1 shot to grab the first here.

The teams in full:

Slovenia
S Handanovic, Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic, Birsa, Kirm, Radosavljevic, Koren (Captain), Novakovic, Ljubijankic

England
James, Johnson, Upson, Terry, A Cole, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard (Captain), Milner, Rooney, Defoe

How will this cruch-game go? England need a win (4/9), Slovenia need just a draw (10/3). England to win 3-0 is 9/1. See the full Slovenia v England match betting market.

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Author

John Klee