Dull England seal spot in Russia

06 October 2017 03:32:14 EST
Harry Kane grabbed the winner on Thursday in stoppage time.

Gareth Southgate concedes that there is plenty to improve on after England qualified for the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Slovenia.

A dismal contest was settled in stoppage time when Harry Kane turned home Kyle Walker's excellent cross but England plodded through the match and lacked quality in all areas of the pitch.

The result confirmed England's place in Russia though while Slovenia are now struggling to finish second in the group and a possible play-off place.

"I think this team has potential, but we've got a hell of a lot of work to do," admitted Southgate.

"They've come here on the back of what happened in the last European Championships, they've had the change of coach, they've had a lot of difficulties to deal with through the campaign.

"But we're there [at the World Cup] and now we build and we look to where we can improve all the time."

England have scored plenty of late goals during the qualifying campaign - Kane grabbing a last-gasp equaliser to clinch a 2-2 draw with Scotland in June, while Adam Lallana netted with the last kick of the match in the 1-0 win in Slovakia. England also scored late goals in Malta last month as they earned a flattering 4-0 victory.

Kane is 11/10 to be England's top scorer at next summer's World Cup, while Marcus Rashford can be backed at 6/1 and Dele Alli at 7/1.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that England will play friendlies against Germany and Brazil next month. The 2016 World Cup winners visit Wembley on 10th November before Southgate's team face the South Americans four days later.

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