Gareth Southgate: 'England will not become Spain in next eight months'

Aaron Brown
October 7, 2017

Harry Kane fired the country to victory and next summer's finals in Russian Federation, but in truth the Three Lions put in a concerning display against Slovenia as they limped to a 1-0 win on Thursday evening.

"It's not a relief, I always thought we'd achieve the objective [of qualifying]".

"His leadership qualities are invaluable to us as a team. But we do have goalscorers".

"Was it the performance or the night we wanted?"

The attendances at Wembley are getting smaller for every World Cup qualifier and against Slovenia it was not hard to see why.

"We've put together the basis of a team plan".

"When you speak to Spurs fans they say, "Harry Kane says and does the right things".

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The English striker is surely in-form player in world football, in terms of goals scored at the moment. We have to show the resilience that whatever the atmosphere and whatever the feeling, our job is to get the result. Of course not. It is young, but there is potential and they are going to improve. They are a work in progress.

"I saw Kane is in great form, but England have several other quality players too", said Cesar, whose side complete their qualifying campaign at home to Scotland on Sunday.

"I love the player and I love the character". The Three Lions have collected 18 points in eight games to move to the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. "Tonight, as a country, we go to the World Cup and that's fantastic". We want to win the game and stay unbeaten.

Enough dietary references... But, then again, there is plenty food for thought for Gareth Southgate.

"We have a responsibility to create chances and get the crowd excited. We are not going to read about them on the front page".

"I also have to credit our opponents because they made it hard".

"I think the feeling has been in the last couple of global tournaments we've undershot and I think we can go to this one really making the most of what we've got", said the FA chief, highlighting good team spirit throughout all age levels in the England set-up.

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