Southgate points to work in progress as FA's Glenn labels England 'brittle'

Posted October 07, 2017

The two sides faced each other earlier this year in Dortmund, with Germany coming out on top with a 1-0 win.

He added: "It's hard playing under pressure, but when it's added pressure like that, it doesn't help".

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. "That isn't their fault so we have to give them the belief and the backing to achieve".

A positive start from England saw Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Oxlade-Chamberlain all enjoy space in wide positions, but Slovenia were quite comfortable inside the opening 15 minutes at an extremely quiet Wembley. One reason: they played two up front.

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.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has said a move away from his boyhood club "could happen" following reports of interest from Spanish champions Real Madrid.

Elsewhere in the group, Scotland kept their qualifying hopes alive in dramatic fashion as a late Martin Skrtel own goal gave them victory over 10-man Slovakia at Hampden Park.

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Gareth Southgate has succeeded in steering the team to next year's finals, but it remains to be seen if England's fortunes will change in Russian Federation. "We are not going to become Spain in the next eight months".

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

That's the long and the short of it right now, but alternative pathways (such as in Bosnia & Herzegovina's group) will either be blown wide open or closed off before the final round of games take place.

Croatia host fifth-placed Finland, while Iceland, who made their major tournament debut at Euro 2016, visit Turkey as Ukraine travel to bottom side Kosovo.

"To have Harry doing that in the last minute, and for Kyle [Walker] to whip it in for him, is a big feeling".

"An opponent that on any given night, there's an opportunity for us to try and find a way to win the game and certainly the players believe that".