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Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

08 October 2017, 12:40 | Sammy Green

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England manager Gareth Southgate says that giving his players privacy and the chance to relax with their families has been uppermost in his mind when choosing the team's hotel base for Russian Federation at next summer's World Cup finals.

"From the fans' perspective, if you look at the last time we won anything for England it was a long, long time".

The world's biggest football tournament, the FIFA World Cup, kicks off next year in Russian Federation.

Harry Kane's injury time victor meant England booked a World Cup place, yet it was hardly the most inspiring of performances from the Three Lions.

The majority of the crowd had already lost interest in a match so puerile that fans spent most of the second half amusing themselves by flying paper aeroplanes. "We've got other good goalkeepers", Southgate said. "We had to be patient and in the last 10 minutes they were getting exhausted", Tottenham Hotspur's Kane, who wore the captain's armband for the third time and the first time at home, said.

But ultimately it means England have qualified for next summer's World Cup.

England's wretched display somehow ended on an upbeat note when Kane stretched to convert Kyle Walker's cross in stoppage-time. We have to stay focused and keep doing what we are doing tactically, physically, mentally and see what happens.


"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".

When asked about picking Wilshere, Southgate said: 'We're in a position where there's no way we would dismiss any creative player. Butland and Pickford need to play against Germany and Brazil and get some big-game experience. "That was why it was imperative we got there".

Southgate is also likely to experiment with his tactics as he looks to develop a system capable of aiding England's chances in Russian Federation.

They have a clutch of talented young players - John Stones, 23, Dele Alli, 21, Raheem Sterling, 22, Kane, 24, Marcus Rashford, 19 - but nothing this team have done in recent years has indicated that they are ready to take Russian Federation by storm.

"It isn't down to just me, it's down to the whole team", Kane said.

At Wembley, meanwhile, Harry Kane continued England's trend of scoring late, late goals. The three-man defence seems modern again, and most of England's key players are either accustomed to the system or appear well-suited to it. Three strikes after the 90th minute have garnered England five points in this qualifying campaign: against Slovakia in the team's opening fixture, against Scotland at Hampden Park and tonight at Wembley. "If you can't play against Slovenia at home, you can't play on the world stage".



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