LONDON – He chose the wrong team to start, but this time Roy Hodgson made the right substitutions and the 2-1 win over Wales on Thursday sees England with one foot in the knockout stage of Euro 2016.
Victory over Slovakia on Monday will ensure England top Group B. A point against Slovakia will be enough for a place in the top two — and could yet be enough to win the group, if Wales fails to beat Russia. Even defeat would probably see England qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams. Realistically, if not mathematically, England is through to the next round.