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Sam Allardyce becomes ninth England manager in a row to win opener

England got their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign off to a dream start after beating Slovakia 1-0 at the City Arena Trnava with a last-gasp goal from Adam Lallana.

Sam Allardyce took charge of his first game in charge since replacing Roy Hodgson as head coach.

Allardyce was just seconds away from drawing his first game in charge but Lallana came to the rescue in the fourth minute of additional time for the winner.

The game was tied going into the fourth minute of additional time until Lallana found a last-gasp winner.

Allardyce became the ninth England manager in a row to win his first game in charge joining a long list starting with Graham Taylor all the way back in 1990 when he guided the national team to a 1-0 win over France.

Since then Terry Venables, Glenn Hoddle, Kevin Keegan, Ericsson, Steve Mcclaren, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson have all won their first game in charge – although none have managed to win a major competition.

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