England line up friendlies against Germany, Brazil

Tomas Mccoy
October 7, 2017

Thursday night's win against Slovenia ensured qualification for the finals in Russian Federation with a match to spare, yet the manner of the 1-0 defeat of Slovenia underlined concerns about the Three Lions.

The former Liverpool player was withdrawn at halftime in England's win over Malta last month and played seven minutes in the subsequent fixture against Slovakia.

England boss Gareth Southgate admitted his side are a long way from being considered World Cup challengers after the Three Lions booked their place in next year's finals with a laboured victory over Slovenia. 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.

England now lead Group F, and can do Ireland a big favour by beating Slovenia tonight at Wembley.

Hilariously, Scotland defeated Slovakia today 1-0 as well (off of a Martin Skrtl own goal) meaning they are now second in the group behind England and can qualify for the second-placed playoffs with a win at Slovenia on Sunday.

Captain Harry Kane's stoppage time victor helped transform the Three Lions' fortunes after a frustrating night.

Chelsea legend John Terry has hailed Harry Kane as "one of the best I've ever faced" after the striker's matchwinning strike for England on Thursday.

"They are giving everything they've got".

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However, the hosts struggled to create much against a well-organised Slovenian side.

"We've played a team who have only conceded four goals in the competition and you saw why", he added.

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