Lithuania v England preview: Gareth Southgate set to make changes

Joe Hart believes England are beginning to exorcise the demons of their Euro 2016 exit

Harry Kane placed no importance in the manner in which England secured their place at the World Cup finals, insisting qualification was all that mattered.

Keegan also revealed he once doubted Kane's ability to be a top striker, but that he has been won over in recent times due to his impressive goal-scoring record. We know what we want to achieve as a team, so for me it's just about doing my job.

I am my own motivator and I'll continue to push myself to the limits that I've got. "I've managed to shoulder that for 20 years", he said. "But these are good kids, desperate to play for England".

"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.

These are just some of the dilemmas which Gareth Southgate faces as he decided his twenty-three-man squad to complete the 1500-mile trip to Russian Federation.




ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: Looks completely devoid of form and confidence and was rightfully hooked just after the hour mark.

"Everyone was disappointed with the performance, none more so than me". He's used to playing in front of that back four at Man City where he's had one, two, three shots per game and has pulled off big saves at good times which is crucial. If we're chasing the game we can pump the ball up to Carroll and there will be drama, trust me.

"We have qualified for a World Cup with one game to go".

Even their fans seem to have given up after they spent most of the Slovenia qualifier entertaining themselves by throwing paper aeroplanes onto the pitch. "It's bad." Though England was on the verge of qualifying for Russian Federation, fans were streaming out of Wembley long before the final whistle. But for some unknown reason at major tournaments we never really play to our full capability. So naturally they don't expect.

"I think to go into the latter stages would be looked on as a success if I'm being honest".

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