Gareth Southgate leads England through to 2018 World Cup

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"But it is a work in progress".

"We can't keep the ball, we're never ever going to pass a team off the pitch".

The performances of Kane are likely to be imperative should Spurs wish to end their trophy drought which has spanned almost ten years with their last silverware coming in 2008 when they claimed the League Cup. Regardless of personal achievements, I think it's important that we smile. "And then it's, 'We come into training, am I a shoo-in to get in the team or do I have to push a bit harder because I have a couple snapping at my heels?"

Southgate has yet to name a permanent captain of the team and Kane, who has filled in on a couple of occasions, said it did not matter as long as everyone kept working together.

"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".

"Was it the performance we wanted and the night we wanted?"

However, amidst all the negativity, a simple fact cannot be ignored, England have qualified for FIFA's showpiece event.

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. "No, absolutely not. But when I was given the job to keep things steady a year ago the objective was to qualify for Russian Federation".

The Three Lions can qualify for the Russia-hosted tournament by beating Slovenia this evening, and they will have gone through the entire qualifying campaign without a loss if they avoid defeat against Lithuania on Sunday.

"We qualified 2-2 against Greece [in 2002] but didn't play very well, but everyone remembers David Beckham's goal and left on a high".

One thing is for certain, if they want to compete against the best in the world, something will have to change.

And Syria still stand a chance of making it to the World Cup. It's probably quite critical for the economy as well!

"I would never say no or yes", he was quoted as saying by beIN Sports, when asked about moving overseas.

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