Video: England 2 – 1 Slovakia [2018 World Cup Qualifier] Highlights
England 2 – 1 Slovakia [2018 World Cup Qualifier] Highlights video, mp4 download
Stanislav Lobotka gave the visitors a surprise early lead in London to leave manager Gareth Southgate and his players with plenty of cause for concern.
However, Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier equalised with a well-taken finish from a corner in the 37th minute.
And Manchester United forward Rashford, who was dispossessed in the build-up to Lobotka’s strike, made amends for his earlier error by firing home what proved to be the winner from outside the area a minute before the hour mark.
The result sends England five points clear at the top of UEFA Group F with two matches in October remaining, at home to Slovenia and away to Lithuania, with their place at the finals in Russia appearing increasingly assured.
Slovakia meanwhile remain second but are now just one point clear of both Scotland and Slovenia, with a showdown against Gordon Strachan’s men looming at Hampden Park next month.
The visitors’ first real sight of goal produced the opener in just the third minute, with Rashford guilty of losing possession while covering Kyle Walker.
Celta Vigo midfielder Lobotka exchanged a sharp one-two with Adam Nemec, receiving the centre-forward’s perfectly weighted return pass to get beyond the England defence and dink the ball past Joe Hart.
England slowly began to assert themselves after that early setback, creating chances for Dele Alli, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rashford without success.