Germany, England reach Russian Federation 2018

Germany, England reach Russian Federation 2018

Germany, England reach Russian Federation 2018

Harry Kane scored late against Slovenia and Germany dominated Northern Ireland on Thursday as the two traditional powerhouses secured qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Following the win over Slovenia, which saw England cement first place in Group F, Southgate claimed that the performance "highlighted where we are" and will need to step up their game between now and June.

"We have to assess where we are injury-wise, but I won't be releasing players", he told his post-match press conference. But there will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put in a performance.

Elsewhere in the group, Scotland kept their qualifying hopes alive in dramatic fashion as a late Martin Skrtel own goal gave them victory over 10-man Slovakia at Hampden Park. "We have a game plan and we will see where it takes us", said Coleman. That's become a little bit of a theme the last few games.

"Let's go and get the ball forward and play at 100mph like we do in the Premier League and teams won't be able to cope with us".

That was enough, as England defeated Slovenia 1-0 to ensure they finish on top of the group. "No, absolutely not. But when I was given the job to keep things steady a year ago the objective was to qualify for Russian Federation".

"If it was my decision I would give it to him (Kane)", Sherwood said on The Debate.

"We have one of the best defensive records in Europe in qualifying and we have players we think can score goals and we know exactly where we can improve". Different situations, different opportunities to be in front of people, sharing a responsibility of team.

Kane, who scored 13 goals for club and country last month, said England had plenty of leaders in the side irrespective of who wore the armband.

"We have a responsibility to create chances and get the crowd excited".

Expectation is always high around the England camp once they arrive at major tournaments, but there has been criticism of the current squad on the back of a forgettable showing at Euro 2016.

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