Jack Butland to start for England against Lithuania

Jack Butland to start for England against Lithuania

"We've got great competition for places".

Former England worldwide Chris Waddle, commentating on the Slovenia match for BBC 5 Live, said: "I can't think of anything to say, it's that bad".

Since losing 3-2 to Croatia in their final match of Euro 2008 Qualifying, England have won their final match of qualifying in four of the last five campaigns (D1), winning each of the last three without conceding, including a 3-0 win over Lithuania in October 2015.

"They might find it hard to find much love for me with my history with England!"

The Three Lions were already going through with a draw with Kane's 94th-minute goal saved some blushes in front of a paltry crowd at Wembley.

England have won all three of their previous encounters with Lithuania on the worldwide stage, scoring nine and conceding none in the process.

"So we've got a nucleus of a young and very talented team".

Southgate said: "Slovenia defended resolutely and we weren't as sharp as we'd like to be".




England offered little attacking threat on a dreary and subdued night at Wembley Stadium that was lit up only in the fourth minute of additional time when Kane latched onto Kyle Walker's cross and struck under goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

England's performance on Thursday was disjointed, lacklustre and lacked any semblance of creativity - and that's being kind.

The inclusion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, not even good enough to start for Liverpool since his transfer from Arsenal's substitutes' bench, underlined the paucity of England's creative department. England can't call upon Spurs' chief playmaker Christian Eriksen, who instead plays for Denmark, but Adam Lallana is a respectable replacement.

Dull, flat and uneventful all aptly describe a Group F encounter that may secure World Cup qualification but leaves just as many questions as answers - an all too common theme in recent matches. There's no better buzz than being part of a good national team.

It's hard to imagine a starker contrast between performance and outcome than England's 1-0 victory over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night.

"I'm extremely proud, not just for myself but for the team, for the nation", Kane said. Seems to be uncomfortable when being relied upon to play out from the back.

UEFA: France, which has a tenuous hold on first in Group A, could improve its chances at a World Cup berth with a win over Bulgaria on Saturday (FS2, 11:45 a.m. PDT).

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