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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

England played out a 0-0 draw with Slovenia to qualify for the Round of 16 of the UEFA Euro 2024 with five points from three Group C games in Cologne on Tuesday.

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Southgate made just one change from England’s 1-1 draw against Denmark last time out. In the middle of the park, Gallagher comes into the side to play alongside Rice. Alexander-Arnold will drop to the bench for the Three Lions.

Jordan Pickford; Kieran Trippier, Marc Guehi, John Stones, Kyle Walker; Declan Rice, Conor Gallagher; Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka; and captain Harry Kane started the match.

Matjaz Kek named an unchanged team from Slovenia’s 1-1 draw against Serbia in their previous fixture. Slovenia put on a strong display and were unfortunate to concede a late equaliser, so it’s no surprise to see Kek stick with the same starting lineup.

Jan Oblak in goal alongside Erik Janza, Jaka Bijol, Vanja Drkusic, Zan Karnicnik; Jan Mlakar, Timi Max Elsnik, Adam Gnezda Cerin, Petar Stojanovic; Benjamin Sesko, and Andraz Sporar retained their starting shirts.

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The Three Lions enjoyed more of the possession, but didn't created as many chances as they would have hoped. Slovenia sat deep and absorbed the pressure, looking to hit England on the counter-attack.

England's best move in the first half saw Foden breaking into the box in space before firing to the back post where Saka could tap into an empty net. Unfortunately for Southgate's side, the assistant referee had his flag up for offside. Sporar and Sesko's movement caused England problems, but without a clear-cut opportunity.

Both sides were unable to find the back of the net after 90 minutes confirming the Three Lions qualification for the knockout phase as group winners with five points ahead of Denmark with three points.

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Denmark and Serbia also played out a 0-0 draw in Munich which ensure that the Scandinavian side finished second on the log behind England.

The sole change to the Denmark XI that started last week's draw with England sees Kristensen drop out and Bah come in at right wing-back. Eriksen sets a new national record of 133 appearances, starting alongside Hojbjerg and Morten Hjulmand. The latter spectacularly scored his first international goal last time out and today celebrates turning 25. Another midfielder, Delaney, has recovered from illness and is back on the bench.

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Kasper Schmeichel; Joachim Andersen, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Christensen; Alexander Bah, Morten Hjulmand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joakim Maehle; Christian Eriksen; Jonas Wind, and Rasmus Hojlund started in a 3-4-1-2 formation.

There are three changes to Serbia's side today, following their last-gasp 1-1 draw with Slovenia: Mladenovic, Tadic and Vlahovic all make way. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is still left among the substitutes, as Dragan Stojkovic instead promotes Mijailovic and Udinese midfielder Samardzic to the starting XI. Filip Kostic suffered a knee injury in the Eagles' defeat to England and misses out once again.

Predrag Rajkovic; Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Strahinja Pavlovic; Srdjan Mijailovic, Ivan Ilic, Nemanja Gudelj, Andrija Zivkovic; Lazar Samardzic, Sasa Lukic; and Aleksandar Mitrovic started in a 3-4-2-1 formation.

In an almost must-win game for Serbia, Group C's last-placed nation were toothless against a bright Denmark side in Munich, where a 0-0 half-time scoreline sees the Danes going through and their opponents heading out as things stand.

Rajkovic was called upon to keep Eriksen and Hojlund at bay, as a passive performance from the Eagles allowed Denmark to dominate the ball, but there was very little entertainment in a tense first half contest.

After Tadic slips through Jovic with a defence-splitting pass in the 59th minute, the latter bundled the ball goalwards at the second attempt. Trying desperately to clear it away from the goal-line, Andersen instead turned it into the back of the net. However, the referee rules it out for offside, and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) soon confirmed his decision.

Five minutes later, Bah delivered a cross that was immediately blocked behind for a corner. Eriksen sent it in, and Vestergaard easily beats Veljkovic to the ball in an aerial contest - however, his header was sent straight at Rajkovic.

With the draw, Denmark qualified for the Round of 16 while Slovenia will wait to find their fate at the tournament albeit through the best third placed team qualification route.

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