The group stage of the Euros is beginning to wind down, with Group B set to play their final matches on Monday night to determine who advances, who goes home, and who might hold on to play at least one more match based on how the other third place finishes play out. Slovakia will find themselves pitted against England, but captain Martin Skrtel isn't overly worried about Roy Hodgson's brave lads.
"England is still one of the best teams in the world," said a generous Skrtel. "It’s going to be tough for us. But I believe we are ready and will get a result. Obviously for us as a small country, it’s massive. It’s our first time in the Euro and all the supporters have travelled over. You can see the connection between the players and the supporters. We are very happy that we got the win [against Russia] for them. It’s a great feeling.
"The pressure will be on England but I think they are experienced enough to cope. Everything will be decided on the pitch and I believe we can carry on the performance. We showed heart, character and desire and we can get a result against England that will help us qualify for the next stage."
Slovakia currently sit in the third place bubble, where their advancement is dependent on results going their way in other groups now that four of the six third place finishers will participate in the Round of 16. A win over England will guarantee advancement, but England's depth at striker might have a thing or two to say about Slovakia's ambitions.
"It’s not only [Daniel] Sturridge, not only [Harry] Kane, not only [Jamie] Vardy – it’s 11 players. Sturridge is a great player, there’s no doubt about it. If it’s going to be him or someone else, we will do our best to keep a clean sheet."
Slovakia take on England and Russia face Wales on Monday, June 20 at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST.