Kane strikes again for England

08 October 2017 14:38:51 EST

England ended their World Cup qualifying campaign with victory over Lithuania, Harry Kane's first half penalty the only goal.

Gareth Southgate, with qualification for Russia assured after victory over Slovakia, rang the changes with Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Harry Winks of Spurs getting their international debuts.

A bit more quality in the final third is what was missing.

Gareth Southgate

There were several other changes from the win over Slovenia on Thursday with Jack Butland getting a start in goal over Joe Hart.

The new-look side struggled to impress however, enjoying the majority of possession but rarely looking threatening.

However, England did take the lead just before the half hour mark when Dele Alli, back in the side after missing Thursday's game, went down in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.

Kane converted the penalty with his seventh goal in his last six international matches.

England dominated thereafter but were unable to add to their goal tally, though they ensured a win to round off qualifying.

So England sit top of Group F, winning eight and drawing two of their games with Slovakia pipping Scotland to second. They will now take part in next month's play-offs to see whether they will join England in Russia next summer.

Afterwards, Southgate said the changes he made to the team affected the fluidity of the performance.

He told ITV: "We haven't scored the number of goals we would have liked to but we gave three full debuts and wanted to try something. A bit more quality in the final third is what was missing.

"Put today into context. We made seven changes, that inevitably means that you will be disjointed at times. Harry Winks showed real calm, his use of the ball was excellent.

"Three at the back worked in some aspects but we are still open in counter-attack."

Meanwhile the Premier League resumes next weekend and Spurs are at home to Bournemouth. They are 2/9 to win with the Cherries 12/1 and the draw priced at 13/2.

Spurs are 13/2 to win the game 2-0.

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