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Gary Cahill: "Didn’t have the cutting edge"

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England and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who wore the captain's armband for the first hour or so of the Three Lions' clash with Slovakia tonight, bemoaned a lack of cutting edge from his side in the final third, having created enough opportunities to win the game multiple times over, but not really taking their chances, despite having a ridiculous 29 shots on goal.

A telling statistic, the second half of the aforementioned one is that only 5 of those were on target and forced Slovakian keeper Matus Kozacik into action, with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Liverpool's Adam Lallana having England's best two chances in the first half.

Cahill told ITV after the game, "It was disappointing for us tonight. In the three games we have had the majority of the possession and today we have dominated play from start to finish and we couldn’t unlock door. It is disappointing for us. The rhythm was there, we had ball constantly but just didn’t have the cutting edge to open them up. It needed something special in games like that and we nearly did but it just wasn’t to be. We are disappointed, with the amount of possession we had we should have won the game."

The veteran defender also said there was little point looking back at their last few performances in the group, and they simply have to accept the fact that they finished second in the Group. He said, "There is no point harking on about the first game. We have to move on, we are second in the group and have a huge game coming up."

He also dismissed talk that England were not at their best due to the Manager having made 6 changes to the starting eleven, something the stats don't really suggest. He said, "It gives us time to get back fresh. We tried to bring fresh legs in tonight and I thought we looked good and on another day we should win."

England will now keep a close eye on the action in Group F where they face whichever side finishes second out of Hungary, Iceland, Poland and Austria. That match will take place in Nice on Monday.