Hart set for England milestone

There's a lot of top countries around the world struggling to qualify.

Thoughts now turn to who will make England manager Gareth Southgate's squad, but before that, the Magic Man has highlighted the group of player he feels offer the greatest chance of success.

At this stage, just like the captaincy, England's goalkeeping situation ahead of next year's World Cup is undecided.

Stuart Pearce has suggested that West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart lacks "nastiness" and needs to adopt a ruthless streak if he wishes to remain as the England national teams first choice shot-stopper.

"From the fans' perspective, if you look at the last time we won anything for England it was a long, long time".

Nine of Harry Kane's 11 England goals have been scored in the second half (82%), including his 90th minute victor in the last match against Slovenia.

Captain Kane capped a dour performance at Wembley with a stoppage-time victor to ensure England are the the fourth European team to reach next summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

"Yes, he didn't have a good Euros, but nor did quite a number of that England team so I think it's quite harsh if we just point the finger at Joe Hart".

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

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

England dragged themselves over the finish line with a 93rd-minute victor by in-form striker Harry Kane. September was fantastic for me, hopefully October can be even better.

Probably the same duration as the 2014 tournament when they were effectively eliminated after eight days, a humiliation that was nothing compared to what happened at the 2016 European Championships, and that defeat to Iceland.

"Kane is in extraordinary form", said Slovenia coach Srečko Katanec who claimed with some justification England did not deserve to win at Wembley.

In the centre, Eric Dier plays a physical holding role for Spurs and has generally performed well for England. "I don't know how far the team can go at the moment, but what I do know is that we have got a group of players who I am proud to manage because they want to pull on the England shirt".

"But with England, people still think you are going to win it without your two best players".


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