Five Slovenia stars out to enliven England’s Euro 2016 encounter

These days Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions side can rarely be trusted to provide much in the way of entertainment on the pitch, so it’s down to these guys.

Anyone who watched England labour to victories over Norway, Estonia and even San Marino in recent months must be dreading the visit of Slovenia.

But while Roy’s boys are fully expected to do the bare minimum required to pick up the win, the visitors will be going hell for leather and it could well be down to them to provide something in the way of entertainment for the Wembley crowd.

Here are five players to keep an eye out for.

Samir Handanovic

The 30-year-old is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A at present, having starred between the sticks for Inter Milan since moving to the San Siro from Udinese back in 2012. Played for Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup and could be the man to keep Rooney and Co. out at Wembley.

Jasmin Kurtic

Another Serie A star, the 25-year-old midfielder arrived at Fiorentina last summer, following spells with Palermo, Sassuolo and Torino and has hit the ground running for the Viola, scoring the winner in a 1-0 away win over Atalanta this term. He possesses a keen eye for goal that could cost England.

Kevin Kampl

Not to be confused with the similar sounding Kevin Campbell of Arsenal and Everton fame, Kampl has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent times, having impressed with Red Bull Salzburg both domestically and in the Europa League – this could be his chance to shine.

Valter Birsa

Arguably Slovenia’s most potent goal threat, the 28-year-old is capable of playing anywhere across the midfield or as a supporting striker and has been known to shoot from range when required. Once of Genoa, Torino and most recently AC Milan, he is currently starring for Chievo in Serie A.

Tim Matavz

With two of Slovenia’s strikers plying their trade in Japan, Bundesliga forward Matavz looks the man to watch, having already scored twice for Augsburg this term since moving to the German side from PSV Eindhoven in the summer. The striker passes the ball well and works effectively with his back to goal, bringing others into the action.

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