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England can clinch World Cup berth against Slovenia

07 October 2017, 12:24 | Todd Saunders


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He will now have his sights set on captaining England against the Slovenians on Thursday, knowing that three points will secure top spot in their qualifying group and ultimately book their place in Russian Federation next year.

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.

England qualified with a victory over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night. But there will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put in a performance.

For the Germans, Russia 2018 will mark their 19th World Cup appearance, a number only bettered by Brazil (21 appearances, including 2018).

Skipper Harry Kane scored a last-gasp clincher - his 11th goal in 22 global appearances - to salvage a degree of credibility for a lacklustre England, who secured top spot in Group F as a outcome.

Kane secured England's place in the fourth minute of additional time when he latched onto Kyle Walker's cross and struck under goalkeeper Jan Oblak for the side's flattering win over Slovenia.

He has developed a reputation as a firebrand since joining Spurs in 2015 and Kane, who will captain England at Wembley, said: 'The older and wiser he gets it probably won't happen that often.

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We can't allow ourselves to field an inexperienced team and be beaten, and then suddenly lose out on goal difference. Other results going their way over the next couple of days could also help.

"Raheem is a tough lad", Southgate said. "No, absolutely not. But when I was given the job to keep things steady a year ago the objective was to qualify for Russian Federation".

But Argentina, who won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, were held to a goalless draw at home by Peru and are now seriously struggling to make it to Russian Federation.

Not only was he spared from England's slog of a match against Slovenia last night, his reputation was enhanced by his absence.

Late goals have underpinned England's successful qualifying campaign - Kane scored a late equaliser away to Scotland in June, while Adam Lallana struck deep in stoppage-time to earn a 1-0 win in Slovakia in September 2016, which turned out to be Sam Allardyce's sole game in charge.

"We should enjoy this".

Other than Kane's suspended Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli, all members of Gareth Southgate's squad are available to face Slovenia. A win's a win and now England are guaranteed to be there next summer.

The play-off matches take place in November and all the 32 teams who have made it by the time of the World Cup draw in Moscow on December 1.

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