Gareth Southgate sees potential in England ahead of World Cup

Marsha Scott
October 7, 2017

But two-time winners Argentina drew in Peru and are now in great danger of missing out on the tournament altogether.

Harry Kane insists England should be proud "as a team and as a nation" of qualifying for the World Cup after a subdued reaction to Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.

Following Denmark's 1-0 win in Montenegro, Poland leads by three points over Denmark, and it needs a point from the last-round match on Sunday against Montenegro in Warsaw to automatically qualify as the group victor.

Srecko Katanec confirmed Sunday's game will be his last in charge of the national team - a match he approaches frustrated by the result, but proud of his side's display. They're still learning and qualification is a hard thing and not all teams do it. No, absolutely not. But I was given the job to keep things steady a year ago, the objective was to qualify for the World Cup.

Until skipper Harry Kane struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time there was every chance England's confirmation of a place at the Russian showpiece next year would have been greeted with boos from a frustrated Wembley Stadium crowd.

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

"There are plenty of players on the pitch who will help each other out when the going gets tough as well".

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England will prepare for next year's World Cup with a pair of worldwide friendlies against powerhouses Germany and Brazil in November.

Scotland's slim chances of making it to Russian Federation improved with a very late winning goal against Slovakia, who had a man sent off. The World Cup qualifier will be televised live on ITV 1 for viewers in the United Kingdom. Sebastian Rudy let fly with a right-footed rocket inside two minutes to score his first global goal, his wonder strike briefly silencing a boisterous crowd inside Windsor Park.

The second leg is in Sydney on Tuesday, October 10. A right mish-mash as they booked their place at next summer's World Cup Finals in an unsavoury fashion.

A draw will take place next week to decide who has been successful with their application for tickets. We had some good individual attacking moments without being able to make the final ball or there were blocks or fouls that broke the game up, so that was frustrating.

Scotland kept their World Cup hopes alive with a last-gasp 1-0 victory at home to Slovakia courtesy of an own-goal from Martin Skrtel, while Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick to become his country's record goalscorer as Poland thumped Armenia 6-1 in Yerevan.

More tickets will go on sale on November 16 on a first come first served basis.

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