England stole a 1-0 away win against Slovakia in the 95th minute in 2018 World Cup qualification, as both sides meandered during their Group F game on Sunday.
Adam Lallana found the back of the net in the final seconds, as England made their late pressure pay off after a poor performance.
The match marked manager Sam Allardyce's first game in charge of the Three Lions, and he will be relieved his team rescued the points when a goalless draw looked likely.
Slovakia were dealt a blow as wingers Vladimir Weiss and Ondrej Duda missed out due to injury. Robert Mak and Dusan Svento were called upon to flank striker Michal Duris as a result. Marek Hamsik started in midfield, while former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel captained the team.
Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson were Allardyce's preferred duo in midfield, ahead of centre-backs Gary Cahill and John Stones, and Wayne Rooney skippered the team. Torino loanee Joe Hart started in goal ahead of Alex McCarthy and Tom Heaton.
ESPN's Musa Okwonga gave his verdict on Allardyce's first selection:
Musa Okwonga @Okwonga
(That England line-up would struggle to play beautiful football *whoever* was managing them.)2016-9-4 16:54:46
The first half was a dull affair, as England maintained possession with little threat.
Rooney played a reserved role, dropping deep as Harry Kane pushed forward, but there was no cohesion from the English players, similar to the frustrating performances from the summer at Euro 2016 in France.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty called the action:
Phil McNulty @philmcnulty
And yes I know it's been dull and boring - but why would anyone expect instant change? England hardly left Euro 2016 in a blaze of glory.2016-9-4 16:56:47
Rooney was lucky not to see a card as he dived into a wild challenge on Hamsik in midfield. The captain's frustration was evident, as the England players lacked communication or a modicum of quality.
Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph gave a damning verdict as the teams trudged off for half-time:
Matt Law @Matt_Law_DT
I'm sure we'd like to expect more from England but there is no reason why we should.2016-9-4 16:53:41
WhoScored.com monitored Rooney's movement throughout the first half, as the Manchester United icon failed to provide vision or threat and was stuck in midfield:
Wayne Rooney: Failed to register a single touch in Slovakia’s penalty area during the first 45 minutes #ENGSLO2016-9-4 16:53:05
Wayne Rooney: Touch Map in the first 45 minutes vs Slovakia #ENGSLO https://t.co/zC5JWiJgfg2016-9-4 16:55:12
WhoScored.com also provided full player ratings and stats, as neither team troubled the opposite goalkeeper. England had the majority of possession but favoured function over flair:
Slovakia 0-0 England HT: Shots(OT) 1(0) - 3(0), Possession 35% - 65%, Rating 6.59 - 6.42 https://t.co/Kxj7Kpwxuz #ENGSLO2016-9-4 16:51:04
Slovakia 0-0 England HT: Player Ratings #ENGSLO https://t.co/johmRqYIHU2016-9-4 16:52:25
The Three Lions received a boost in the second half when Skrtel stamped on Kane to earn a red card.
The former Liverpool man was lucky to not receive his marching orders earlier after several challenges, but his attack on the Tottenham Hotspur forward was only yards from the referee.
Allardyce responded by throwing on substitute Dele Alli in the hunt for a goal, and his side progressively played their football in more advanced positions. However, there was a distinct lack of spark from the England players, who walked around the pitch, rarely upping the tempo.
Rooney produced a rare shot as Alli caused problems in the penalty box, but the chance went begging once more.
The opportunity motivated the Three Lions, and Slovakia appeared anxious as Allardyce's tactics exploited the extra man.
The atmosphere remained muted in what appeared more like a pre-season friendly at times, but England nearly took the lead when a turn and strike by Lallana smashed against the post after 75 minutes. Walcott should have put away the rebound, but the forward fluffed his lines.
Daniel Sturridge was the England boss' last role of the dice, coming on for the final 10 minutes of the contest as Kane made way.
England packed the box as they flooded their opposition, but the final ball and finish were lacking.
Walcott missed a further chance as the seconds counted down to full-time, and the hosts appeared happy to accept one point after a dour match. The Arsenal man found the net in the 90th minute but was flagged for offside.
The drama was complete when one final attack from the visitors was successful, as Lallana popped up from close range to steal three points.
It was a poor night's work from England, and it took them more than an hour to threaten in the game. Rooney looked lost in his deeper role, and the manager has much work to do if he is to turn the team into a viable force again.
England lacked character and ambition and didn't deserve the win when all was said and done. But Allardyce's team showed perseverance and broke Slovakian hearts with one dramatic sucker punch.
🎥 @OfficialBigSam speaks to FATV after the #ThreeLions' dramatic win over Slovakia https://t.co/UpzypVheTM2016-9-4 19:21:13
England and Slovakia will feature again in Group F on October 8, when the Three Lions host Malta at Wembley Stadium, while the Slovakians travel to Slovenia.