England captain Wayne Rooney struck a late winner to secure a 3-2 win in Slovenia and maintain the Three Lions’ 100% record in qualifying for Euro 2016.
Despite dominating possession in the first half, a catalogue of errors at the back saw striker Milivoje Novakovic go clean through to put the hosts ahead nine minutes before the break.
But the visitors responded well as Jack Wilshere opened his international account 12 minutes into the second period with a rasping drive from 20 yards, after substitute Adam Lallana had tussled for possession inside the area.
The Arsenal midfielder then doubled his and England’s tally 17 minutes from time when he thundered another strike into the top corner following a flowing move which involved Jordan Henderson, Andros Townsend and Lallana.
Roy Hodgson’s side looked in control but as soon as it looked as though they’d see out the game Slovenia equalised when Nejc Petnik rose above Kieran Gibbs to head home an equaliser.
But two minutes later Rooney made up for his earlier wasted chances when he raced home and converted his 48th international goal to put him level with Gary Lineker and just one behind leading scorer Bobby Charlton in the Three Lions’ all-time scoring charts.
England, who finish the 2014-15 season unbeaten, are now nine points clear of Slovenia at the top of Group E after securing their sixth win from six games in Ljubljana.
Man of the Match: Jack Wilshere