England can't be Spain in eight months - Southgate

England can't be Spain in eight months - Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate conceded his team were a "work in progress" after they qualified for next year's World Cup with a desperately laboured 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

"I think he's got to find a way of playing two up front", Merson said on Sky Sports. Regardless of personal achievements, I think it's important that we smile.

English football is not short of talented young players and there is time for some of them to emerge and stake their claim.

"I feel good", Hart said.

"But we're working to change the generation and we've brought some young players through".

"They are giving everything they've got. We are really happy".

England's fans had long given up on Thursday's game at Wembley and were entertaining themselves by launching paper aeroplanes towards the pitch by the time Harry Kane stabbed in a predatory 94th-minute victor.

The Tottenham youth product has nabbed braces against Everton, West Ham and Huddersfield Town in the Premier League, and has also plundered five goals in Spurs' two opening Champions League group stages - a brace which came against Borussia Dortmund being followed up by a hat-trick against Apoel Nicosia two weeks later.

The performances of Kane are likely to be imperative should Spurs wish to end their trophy drought which has spanned almost ten years with their last silverware coming in 2008 when they claimed the League Cup.




"Late goals have been key and we knew they had to win".

"We should enjoy tonight, it's no easy thing getting to a World Cup".

"There will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put a performance on".

"I'm able to rationalise it all. We have a game plan and we will see where it takes us", said Coleman.

"But I was given the job to keep things steady a year ago".

"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".

England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales are all in World Cup qualifying action over the next four nights with all those countries still harbouring hopes of reaching the finals in Russian Federation next summer.

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