Gary Cahill has said England lacked a cutting edge against Slovakia
England defender Gary Cahill has told FATV that the Three Lions lacked a cutting edge in their frustrating draw with Slovakia.
England still secured qualification from Group B with a draw, taking them to five points, but they finished a place behind Wales who comfortably dispatched hapless Russia 3-0 in Toulouse.
Wales put Russia to the sword in a way England failed to do on the night of their tournament opener, when again, the Three Lions were held to another frustrating draw.
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And Cahill believes that whilst England were dominant against the Slovaks in Saint-Etienne, they lacked a cutting edge that would have won them the game, and the group.
“We tried and tried time and time again but they shut the door in our face.
“It’s disappointing for us tonight because in all three group games we’ve had the majority of possession.
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“We dominated the play from start to finish tonight but we couldn’t unlock the door and it’s disappointing for us.
“We had the ball constantly but we didn’t have the cutting edge to open them up.
"In games like that sometimes you need something a little bit special when they just sit back with a bank of five and four.”
Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill captained England against Slovakia as Roy Hodgson made a raft of changes.
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Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling were all rested for their final game of the group stages, despite the fact that England’s place in the last sixteen was not yet secure.
However ultimately England did not miss out on a place in the next round, but they will be disappointed that they could only muster one win in Group B, and more poignantly, finish second to Wales.