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Fast facts on Slovenia-England

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Jun 23

Posted by ESPN Stats & Information

England 1, Slovenia 0

England got the result it needed to progress to the round of 16 on the strength of Jermain Defoe's 23rd-minute goal.

• Defoe made the most of his limited time on the ball, scoring England's lone goal but otherwise touching the ball only 16 times in his 85 minutes on the pitch. That is the lowest number of touches for a goal scorer who started the game in the 2010 World Cup, and the third-lowest number in that category since 1966. Interestingly, the two lowest figures are also for England strikers -- Gary Lineker with 15 in 1986 and Michael Owen with 12 in 2002.

• James Milner recovered from his lackluster first World Cup match against the United States to set up the goal that sent England into the round of 16. Milner touched the ball only twice in 31 minutes against the Americans and attempted only two passes before being substituted. Today, Milner had the second-most touches of any player with 85, and his improved play was a reason the Three Lions built 42 percent of their attacks on the right-hand side of the pitch.

• It was a busy day for the goalkeepers on both ends, with Slovenia's Samir Handanovic and England's David James becoming the most active goalkeepers, in terms of touches, in the tournament. Handanovic's 78 touches were the most in this World Cup, with James' 76 the second most. They were most active in coming out to claim crosses and through balls, as they received only 10 and 15 passes respectively.

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