A much-changed England dominated the ball throughout and registered 30 shots on goal, Jamie Vardy coming closest in the first half having been put through on goal by Jordan Henderson, only for goalkeeper Matus Kozacik to deny him his second goal in five days.
Vardy set up Daniel Sturridge — scorer of the winner in that match — but the Liverpool striker’s shot was blocked in front of the goal-line by Peter Pekarik, who later suffered significant bleeding after being caught by Ryan Bertrand’s forearm.
England’s luck was summed up on 44 minutes when Henderson’s perfectly-struck volley was blocked by the head of Jan Durica, who knew nothing about the shot until it hit him in the face.
Hodgson initially turned a deaf ear, but a mix-up between Chris Smalling and Joe Hart, which almost let in Robert Mak to put Slovakia ahead – Smalling’s poor awareness had left Hart exposed – raised the stakes and highlighted the threat posed a team who were growing into the game.
At the other end, Clyne got behind the defence and fired in a shot from the right but his effort was saved by Kozacik. Vladimir Weiss then had a chance when a deflection fell kindly, but Hart was able to make the save at his near post.
Substitute Dele Alli nearly opened the scoring just a minute after coming on having got on the end of Henderson’s chipped cross, but his half-volley was cleared off the line by Martin Skrtel.
England just huffed and puffed, running out of ideas. Sturridge missed a volley from Dier’s lobbed throughball and Rooney scuffed one wide from 20 yards.
Eventually Slovakia’s method of parking the bus paid off, as their hopes were on a 0-0 draw to get four points, which should take them through to the Last 16 in third spot.