Gareth Southgate sees potential in England ahead of World Cup

Gareth Southgate embraces Harry Kane after the striker scored a late equaliser in Scotland

England host Slovenia at Wembley knowing that a win will ensure automatic qualification to next summer's World Cup, but the Three Lions could also earn a ticket to Russian Federation if they draw against Slovenia and away against Lithuania on Sunday (8 October).

The England boss is determined to test his players as much as possible before the tournament next summer in an effort to bring them up to standard.

The Three Lions scraped past Slovenia thanks to a late Harry Kane goal, securing their spot at the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer. He is in a good place with his club, he is working with a good coach there and we have huge belief in him as well.

The 24-year-old striker bagged two goals in England's 2-1 win against Slovakia in the internatioanl break in August to help the Three Lions come from behind and secure three points.

Harry Kane's stoppage time goal against Slovenia was enough to ensure that the Gareth Southgate's men would not be overtaken at the top of Group F.

"They are giving absolutely everything they have got".

With the game headed towards a goalless draw, a result which would have nicely summed up the boring clash, Kane once again got on the scoresheet in the 94th minute. The players themselves will determine how the game goes.


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

"The important thing was to stay resilient through what was a hard period - probably half an hour from the end - where there was a bit of anxiety you could see, an important save from Joe Hart, and we have to become a team who scores late goals and doesn't concede them".

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

"I've seen Bobby Robson get to a World Cup semi-final and was hammered up probably until the quarter-final stage".

Germany, who are the holders having won the trophy in Brazil in 2014, strolled to a 3-1 victory in Belfast and will be the favorites to retain the World Cup in Moscow in July.

England will host Slovenia at 19:45 BST on Thursday 5 October 2017.

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