What each Home Nation needs to qualify for the World Cup

Lawrence Cooper
October 7, 2017

"I don't think there is just one thing, we need to work on everything", he added.

"I think being so young as a manager as well, doing so well in that short period of time, means he can still relate to the players and know what they feel, think and ultimately how we perform".

"I would love us to be dominating with 80 per cent possession against the best teams of the world, but there is little evidence of that over the last five (years) - there's no real evidence of that over the last 50 years!"

The 47-year-old said: "Tonight highlighted where we are".

"We had to keep winning and we have to keep giving young players the opportunity to mature, so to marry those things is hard". But for some unknown reason at major tournaments we never really play to our full capability.

England Captain Harry Kane scored a late win for Gareth Southgate's side.

"I think it's a good time". As a young team having to deal with the expectation and criticism of their performances, it is tough for them.

But Turkey can overhaul them if they win their encounter in Eskisehir on Friday night and if Iceland fail to qualify that would give England one less thing to worry about.

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"We should be proud as a team and as a nation", the Spurs striker said.

The Derby Counter midfielder rifled in the victor four minutes after half-time in Tbilisi as Chris Coleman's side pulled to within a point of Group D leaders Serbia, who would qualify with a win in Austria later.

"But there will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put in a performance".

"I am able to rationalise it all, I understand it completely".

But Southgate said he took solace from the example of the late Bobby Robson, who went from national pariah to national treasure by leading England to the semi-finals at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. "All I have to do is keep winning football matches".

Kane went three games without a goal in August but, since netting his first two strikes of the season in the 4-0 qualifier against Malta at the start of September, has not looked back.

"There are one or two players we'd definitely like to have a look at and it's one of very few games we have now to build towards the World Cup".

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