World Cup Qualifying: Late Kane Winner Sends England To Russia After Turgid DisplayAgainst Slovenia (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

5th, October 2017


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England booked their place in Russia next summer after man of the moment Harry Kane netted an injury-time winner against Slovenia at Wembley.

However, the game itself was a dismal spectacle, with the hosts turgid throughout.

Gareth Southgate started with Kane, named captain for the first time, alongside Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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However, the hosts struggled to create much against a well-organised Slovenian side.

England’s midfield, without the suspended Dele Alli, was utterly devoid of creativity, with Oxlade-Chamberlain, subbed off on 64 minutes, once again having little impact on proceedings.

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With the game headed towards a goalless draw, a result which would have nicely summed up the boring clash, Kane once again got on the scoresheet in the 94th minute.

Kyle Walker the creator, intercepting a wayward throw from ‘keeper Jan Oblak before producing a fine centre which was prodded home by his former Spurs team-mate.

That goal would win the game for Southgate’s side, who now progress to next summer’s finals, albeit after a thoroughly flaccid display on the night.

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The Three Lions now find themselves six points clear at the top of Group F, having safely navigated their way to Russia.

However, one again questions remains as to whether Southgate and co. can make the step up from a relatively easy group stage to the cut and thrust of finals football.

(Table: BBC)

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  1. Jarren says:

    Ok, so if Southgate’s England flop once more next year, who will take up the reign?

    The England manager’s job has become a seriously bad career move.

    Look at Hodgson. He didn’t exactly come into Palace with a fanfare, but even before a game was played people were talking about Iceland.

    What man will be willing to allow his reputation to take a battering?

  2. Frank Carson says:

    I know we never won sod all with the likes of Beckham, Scholes, Lampard, Gerrard, Shearer and the so called golden generation, but at least they were passionate about playing for England. The England team of today, quite frankly, is an embarrassment. As soon as we meet a decent team in the WC finals, we’ll get humiliated. I have never before seen a worse football match than last nights game, it was atrocious. Sideways and backwards passing, total snore fest. It just seems to me that they just don’t care. Get some bloody passion lads for Christ sake. I am starting to think Southgate is actually a worse manager than Hodgson.

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