England temper Russian Federation 2018 optimism

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Victory over Slovenia at Wembley will give England a place at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation and with Kane scoring goals so freely, his team-mates will take to the field buoyed by an extra measure of belief.

But there was no denying Germany as they inflicted Northern Ireland's first home defeat in four years to finish top of Group C, whether or not Michael O'Neill's men will join them at next summer's World Cup looks set to be determined in the play-offs.

"But people have to be playing and have to be playing at a good level".

Hart has been England's go-to goalkeeper in recent years, making 74 appearances for the Three Lions.

"We want Harry to be in fantastic form, but we want everyone to contribute".

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He added: "Of course I want to play every game".

"We are a country that has high expectations and you have to keep delivering", Southgate said. Going into the tournament we want everyone to have the kind of confidence he is showing at the minute.

The inclusion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, not even good enough to start for Liverpool since his transfer from Arsenal's substitutes' bench, underlined the paucity of England's creative department.

"The fearless mentality - that's the way he is at the minute".

"In some areas, we think we can look at different things".

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In an easy group where Slovakia provided their sternest test, England may have won through but flattered to deceive for much of the qualification campaign.

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. "This is a young team, they're still learning all the time and nights like this aren't straightforward".

The 73 times England capped keeper Hart has seen his position questioned over the past 16 months after being deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City by Pep Guardiola at the beginning of last season. So naturally they don't expect.

"To lead that team out and to have the game pan out like it did, as a striker you dream of that kind of moment, scoring a last-minute victor, so for that to happen here at Wembley is incredible".

Jack Butland is a man who will get to show what he can do and put in a strong case to start for England in Russian Federation.

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Some England fans were reduced to crafting paper aeroplanes for amusement during a turgid second half in which Slovenia began to threaten a shock victory to boost their own hopes.

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