England manager Roy Hodgson’s gamble of making wholesale changes backfired badly as they stumbled to a goalless draw against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne.
Hodgson made six changes, including resting captain Wayne Rooney, from the win against Wales – but a limp performance means Chris Coleman’s side finish top of Group B and England’s life is now more difficult if they go deeper into Euro 2016.
England had the better chances, with Slovakia keeper Matus Kozacik saving well when Jamie Vardy broke clear in the first half, as well as blocking crucially from Nathaniel Clyne after the break.
Dele Alli had also a shot kicked off the line by Martin Skrtel just seconds after coming on as a substitute on the hour.
England now travel to Nice where they face the team that finishes second in Group F – either Hungary, Portugal, Iceland or Austria – next Monday.