Southgate admits England must be better despite Slovenia win


With Dele Alli ruled out of the game at Wembley through suspension, Gareth Southgate appears to have tweaked his formation and gone with an attacking line-up which includes captain for the night Harry Kane leading the line.

The Manchester City winger has hit the ground running this season, scoring six goals in nine games across all competitions but has endured a more hard time with England and his performances have often attracted criticism from fans. Maybe at some point tonight we might enjoy the fact we're at the World Cup, although that might take a few minutes.

There are nine European qualifying groups for the tournament in Russian Federation, and nations that finish at the top qualify automatically. I'm delighted, the team are delighted.

Kane had been largely starved of service by a stodgy England performance but such is the 24-year-old's brilliant form, he still managed to extend his streak to 14 goals in nine matches. But for some unknown reason at major tournaments we never really play to our full capability.

"We are having to find ways to win by being a bit more savvy because things are not flowing", said Southgate.

"We've qualified with a game to go".

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"I think the feeling has been in the last couple of global tournaments we've undershot and I think we can go to this one really making the most of what we've got", said the FA chief, highlighting good team spirit throughout all age levels in the England set-up. They're giving absolutely everything they've got. I was happy to get the goal.

"I think it's a good time". You know what you would like and what is realistic. I'm going to stay the same guy.

Joshua Kimmich wrapped it up late, and Josh Magennis got the enthusiastic home fans singing again with the home side's consolation after a corner in injury time.

Hart did pull off a fine save late on.

He is now third, still 51 short of Peter Shilton's all-time best 125, but only one behind David Seaman, with the chance to level against Lithuania on Sunday.

"I think you've got to be realistic looking at our historical performance", he added. It's not something that I definitely want to do but it could happen.