Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

Lawrence Cooper
October 8, 2017

Despite the unenthusiastic reaction to the performance, Kane says England should be proud of their achievement.

Ironically just a few hours before the 1-0 win at Wembley, English FA chief executive Martin Glenn cited mental frailty has the root cause of England's recent failures at the business end of worldwide tournaments. We lost a goal early to a phenomenal strike, and the game plan we had in mind went out of the window after a minute and 20 seconds.

The victory over Slovenia means that England have booked their place in the competition in 2018.

"In some areas, we think we can look at different things".

The 47-year-old announced on Saturday that he has put his faith in Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, with their being no pressure as England have already qualified.

Sterling bared down on goal as the hosts caught out Slovenia's backline and played in Rashford to get a clipped attempt away that was too weak and hacked away by Rajko Rotman.

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The Three Lions have endured regular disappointment at major tournaments in recent years, bowing out of the previous World Cup in Brazil in the group stage and losing to unheralded Iceland in Euro 2016's round of 16. If we're chasing the game we can pump the ball up to Carroll and there will be drama, trust me. That knocked us back in the first 15-20 minutes and it took us a while to get going. This is a game where we want to give a strong performance and win.

"In my year in charge, Adam Lallana has been our best player and we've not had him for the last three matches", said England manager Southgate.

When asked about picking Wilshere, Southgate said: 'We're in a position where there's no way we would dismiss any creative player.

Captain Kane capped a dour performance at Wembley with a stoppage-time victor to ensure England are the the fourth European team to reach next summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

"My job, my first objective, is to get the country to a World Cup finals. We should be proud as a team and as a nation", the Spurs striker said.

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