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Summary

  1. Welbeck has five in four qualifiers
  2. Rooney equalises after Henderson og
  3. England have 100% record so far
  4. Top two in each group qualify

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us here then. You can stay up to speed with all of the scores in the late kick-offs

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Good evening to you all. I'm off to watch Casualty with Chris Waddle...

Manager reaction

England 3-1 Slovenia

BBC Radio 5 live

England manager Roy Hodgson on the Wembley pitch: "We know there's been a problem with the topsoil and the NFL matches have exacerbated the problem but the groundstaff had done a wonderful job in getting it ready.

"I've played on better Wembley surfaces but it didn't detract from our performance. Certainly, the players weren't complaining about it afterwards.

"We don't score three goals in every game so maybe we should be grateful."

Hodgson said that goalkeeper Joe Hart would not travel with the England squad to play in Tuesday's friendly against Scotland but that defender Phil Jagielka would "be OK" after leaving the field with a dead leg.

Manager reaction

England 3-1 Slovenia

BBC Radio 5 live

Roy Hodgson
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England manager Roy Hodgson on 5 live: "In the first half it wasn't one of our better performances. We needed to do more but I think we saw that in the second half.

"I think we were good value for the victory and had several outstanding individual performances.

"In a football match there's two teams, there's an opposition working hard to stop you. We're not disappointed in any way about our performance.

"It's nice to send the crowd home with four wins before Christmas. Overall it was good in terms of keeping our shape and discipline."

Hero of the day

Coventry 0-1 Notts County

No question about this one.

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll played his second game in 24 hours and kept a clean sheet as

Notts County beat Coventry City thanks to Garry Thompson's second-half strike.

Carroll played for his country in Friday night's 2-0 loss in Romania and did not arrive back in England until the early hours of Saturday morning.

England 3-1 Slovenia

BBC Radio 5 live

Former England captain Terry Butcher on 606: "Is Roy Hodgson the right man for the job? Yes. The players have got respect for him. He's now in a process where he's trying to get his squad together, blooding players and deciding on his best tactics.

"Realistically, this squad is probably not going to win Euro 2016, I think they're looking at Russia 2018. The most important thing is to qualify and when you get to the tournament, you can let your hair down and really have a go."

The Auld enemy

We could actually have an entertaining international friendly on our hands on Tuesday as England take on Scotland at Celtic Park.

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Cockney Geoff: Everyone needs to get a grip. England finished bottom of their group in the World Cup. To score 5 wins in the Euros is not bad at all. We are a work in progress hopefully but lets not be unrealistic here!.

Stephen Porter: Why are people so worried about how England played? In Scotland, we don't care how they played if they manage to win!

Miracle Roch: Anyone notice how prolific Welbeck has been for England? Despite playing most of his 31 caps out wide.

Manager reaction

England 3-1 Slovenia

England manager Roy Hodgson: "It was not going to be easy. They were disciplined and well organised. We were probing but weren't getting beyond them. When we went a goal down it was very important to break back and in the end it turned out to be a very good victory.

"We kept our shape well, even when we weren't playing our best football. We won it back quickly and sustained attacks. We got much better in the second half and three goals were more than enough to win the game.

"In the group we are in a good position."

England 3-1 Slovenia

BBC Radio 5 live

Former England skipper Terry Butcher is the guest on

606, which has just started on 5 live.

He didn't think much of England's performance: "It was tedious. England were in a lethargic sleep until Jordan Henderson scored.

"When Wayne Rooney looks back on his 100th cap, apart from his penalty, it will be one to forget."

Euro 2016 qualifiers preview (19:45 GMT kick-offs)

Spain
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England look to have Group E sewn up even more tightly after their 3-1 win over Slovenia but second place is up for grabs.

Every other side has lost at least once and tonight Switzerland are at home to Lithuania.

Victory for the Swiss would take them level on points with Lithuania and Slovenia.

In Group C, defending champions Spain will expect to beat winless Belarus at home in Huelva to try and catch early leaders Slovakia, whose 100% record will be tested at Macedonia.

Austria's 1-0 win over Russia extends their unbeaten start and keeps the pressure on Sweden in Group G ahead of their trip to Montenegro.

The Swedes will go above Russia into second if they avoid a first defeat.

There are four games still to come in the late kick-offs...

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Charley S: The level of negativity about that performance is absurd. We just thoroughly dominated a very solid team and got a well deserved win. No wonder players and managers get crippled by fear playing for England. Our attitude towards the national team is rotten.

Bret in Sheffield: With Liechtenstein winning and San Marino drawing actually not the first surprises of this qualifying, is it time to say this new format is helping supposedly lesser sides because the bigger sides don't have to be as ruthless?

Sam Sanderson: I think the football has been of a high quality tonight, good use of the ball and dominated the midfield. Too many negative people.

As it stands

England 3-1 Slovenia

Group E
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England are cruising to the Euro 2016 finals, but behind them it's all up for grabs. One of Slovenia, Lithuania, Estonia and Switzerland will qualify - even San Marino aren't out of it...

England 3-1 Slovenia

Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live

"Against Scotland on Tuesday, I would play an experimental team. It is a friendly. Play Ross Barkley and Saido Berahino. Give them an opportunity. Until you throw them into a situation, you don't know. It will be a vicious atmosphere and it will be a test.

"Maybe leave a couple of experienced players in but make wholesale changes and give people a chance."

Euro 2016 qualifiers round-up

Europe
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A famous night for San Marino who have drawn 0-0 at home to Estonia in Group E to claim their first ever point in European Championship qualifying to end a run of 61 straight defeats.

Andorra and new boys Gibraltar are now the only two countries never to have taken a point in the competition's history.

Liechtenstein have also struck a blow for the minnow thanks to a 1-0 win in Moldova, sealed by a goal from former Darlington midfielder Franz Burgmeier.

Also in Group G, Austria have beaten Fabio Capello's Russia 1-0 to go clear at the top.

Ukraine's 3-0 win in Luxembourg in Group C came courtesy of a hat-trick from Andriy Yarmolenko.

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Kevin Chapman: Welbeck man of the match. Definitely has spared England blushes.

Jay: If Germany or Argentina won a game like this, people would admire them for having to play well for just 10 minutes to win!

Oli Joel: It's a breath of fresh air to see us having serious striker selection issues with Welbeck, Rooney and Sturridge to choose from.

England 3-1 Slovenia

Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live

"It's not about two years' time, it's about now. At the minute, this group is very weak and England just have to turn up to get results.

"We keep playing this diamond which doesn't work. We've got people with pace out wide, use it. Don't put them in the middle of the park where it's congested."

Player reaction

England 3-1 Slovenia

Wayne Rooney celebrates
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England captain Wayne Rooney: "It was a good day in the end. We had to show character and that will be good for us in the team. Since the World Cup we haven't faced that.

"It really woke us up and we went and showed what a good side we are. For the penalty I was trying to get a yard and I was clipped, it was a clear penalty.

"Danny Welbeck doesn't have anything to prove. He's getting better with every goal and every game, he deserves all the credit. We have a winning mentality at the minute."

England 3-1 Slovenia

Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live

"You can't just turn it on when you turn up to the tournament.

"You can experiment and go and attack teams. We don't have a style or a philosophy. I'm not seeing any sort of progression in these sorts of games."

England 3-1 Slovenia

Would England get 'battered' in France in two years' time playing like they did tonight? Mind you, even if you finish third in the groups in France, you might get through...

England 3-1 Slovenia

Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live

"We have to understand you're not going to win games against decent opposition playing like this. If you go into a tournament and put in these sorts of performances, you'll get battered.

"You've got to put in decent performances time after time to give yourself a chance at a tournament."

FULL-TIME

England 3-1 Slovenia

A perfect record for England, but a far from perfect performance. In all honesty it was a stinker for a hour before it came into life. Roy Hodgson sheepishly shakes hands with opposite number Srecko Katanec and Wayne Rooney refuses to swap this shirt - his 100th cap has ended with a goal and a win.

England 3-1 Slovenia

Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney tackle each other when clean through...

England 3-1 Slovenia

Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live

"Sometimes, I don't think you should give a man of the match. England haven't performed.

"What we've seen against San Marino and tonight, haven't really impressed at all. What happens when we get to France is what they'll be judged on."

INJURY TIME

England 3-1 Slovenia

THREE MINUTES added on as England just tick the clock over. A few heads scratched here as Jack Wilshere is named man of the match...

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Adam Harridence: What has Ross Barkley got to do to get on the pitch? We are supposed to be developing our players. 3-1 up and Milner comes on.

Chris Harvey: Has Jordan Henderson done anything positive for England? I'm thinking ever by the way, not just tonight.

Duncan Moris: I love Welbeck, his attitude and tenacity are just superb. Sturridge is better but I won't complain if Welbeck keeps his place.

SUBSTITUTION

England 3-1 Slovenia

Phil Jagielka was injured as he got booked a few minutes ago. Who do you need to plug that gap? Chris Smalling wins his 14th cap...

YELLOW CARD

England 3-1 Slovenia

Phil Jagielka is booked for a foul on halfway - he was given a hospital pass from Gary Cahill. Concentration isn't their strong suit.

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James in Norfolk: Well done Nathaniel Clyne! First match in a long time (possibly since Gary Neville) where I haven't been worried about England's right-back. Looks comfortable in attack and defence and even willing to take one for the team.

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Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney celebrate
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Max Young: Manchester United sold the wrong English striker!

James Attenborough: Danny Welbeck - consistently better for his country than his club teams!

Dennis Waithera: Welbeck is reliable then. Hey English people back your boy!

Euro 2016 qualifiers round-up

Another bad night for former England coach Fabio Capello as his Russia side trail 1-0 in Austria to a goal from substitute Rubin Okotie in Group G.

Capello has not been paid since June.

SUBSTITUTION

England 3-1 Slovenia

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain runs with the ball
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I'd imagine Roy Hodgson will be ultimately happy with tonight's display - and England could have a fourth. Danny Welbeck starts it again with some adept hold-up play, Jordan Henderson bursts forward and has Wayne Rooney in the middle but can't find him.

Raheem Sterling - off colour largely tonight- is replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

YELLOW CARD

England 3-1 Slovenia

Danny Welbeck, footballing genius! He's at it again, a lovely one-two on the edge of the box opens up the space and he then beats another man before his shot is well blocked. Raheem Sterling is booked in the aftermath for kicking the ball away.

England 3-1 Slovenia

Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live

"This isn't the time to bring James Milner on. If Jose Mourinho made this substitute in the Premier League or England were playing a top side like Germany, you'd understand it but England aren't going to lose this game. It's a very negative, defensive change."

Euro 2016 qualifiers round-up

They could be dancing on the streets of Liechtenstein - and Darlington - tonight.

Captain Franz Burgmeier, who plays his club football in Switzerland but spent a season with the Quakers in 2008-09, has put them 1-0 up in Moldova with a sweetly struck free-kick.

SUBSTITUTION

England 3-1 Slovenia

James Milner - a perennial 79th-minute substitute - is on in place of Adam Lallana.

England 3-1 Slovenia

Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live

"The shape's a bit better. I don't think Danny Welbeck likes being out on the left but he's scored two good goals.

"Whether it's because England have stretched them, I don't know but Slovenia have come right off the pace, they look a tired side."

England 3-1 Slovenia

What happened to kick England into life when they conceded? That is the key lesson Roy Hodgson will have to extract from this post mortem. If England play like they have for the last 15 minutes, and Scotland play like they did last night, then Tuesday's friendly should be very, very good indeed...

England 3-1 Slovenia

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Wembley

"Danny Welbeck never lets England manager Roy Hodgson down and he has done the trick again here. His second goal was his fifth in England's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign already. Bit of an unsung hero for England but vital to Hodgson's plans."

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Phil Baker: Did I just watch a genuinely good England goal? Unbelievable scenes, totally out of place in this game.

Stacy Phillips: Wait, when did we substitute the whole team? This isn't the same England team that played in the first half?!