Southgate wants more up top

09 October 2017 05:57:26 EST

Gareth Southgate feels his England side need "a little bit more quality in the final third" going into next summer's World Cup finals.

The Three Lions reached Russia via another unbeaten ten-match qualification campaign, but the knives are already out with regards to their chances of success next year following two lacklustre displays in the past week.

A 1-0 win against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday sealed England's qualification with a game to spare, before captain Harry Kane again scored the only goal of the game as the side won a drab contest 1-0 in Lithuania on Sunday.

We were a fraction off on some of the passes through. We have to find ways to deal with that.

Gareth Southgate

Southgate, who made seven changes for the game in Vilnius and experimented with the formation by playing three at the back, acknowledged that his forward players struggled to break down another packed and resolute defensive line-up.

He said "A little bit more quality in the final third was what was missing.

"We were a fraction off on some of the passes through. We have to find ways to deal with that."

Preparations for the World Cup will start in November with respective friendly matches against Germany and Brazil and Southgate is aware that the strength of the opposition will take a huge step up from what they have faced in qualification Group F.

"It's a completely different challenge. We know the style of the game will be completely different," he added.

England are 16/1 to win the World Cup in Russia, while reigning champions Germany are priced at 9/2 and Brazil are 5/1.

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