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Gareth Southgate's men secured their place at Russian Federation 2018 with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday evening.

They now turn their attention to an away trip to Lithuania tomorrow, however the pressure is now off having wrapped up qualification.

England secured their place at the tournament in Russian Federation with a game to spare and manager Gareth Southgate has opted to replace Joe Hart with Butland.

But which players does Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believe should be on the plane to Russian Federation? Ryan Bertrand has the versatility to play on the left of a back three or as a wing-back, while Danny Welbeck has done well in Arsenal's 3-4-2-1.

But Chelsea defender Cahill warned: "He has been fantastic for us, but you don't to go into a tournament with everything on Harry Kane. We had to be patient and in the last 10 minutes they were getting exhausted", Tottenham Hotspur's Kane, who wore the captain's armband for the third time and the first time at home, said.

Speaking on ITV after the game, Giggs was quick to note that Rashford has all the abilities to become a truly top player over the next few years.

On the face of things, it looked as if the Three Lions had a rather comfortable progression into the World Cup finals; with qualification sealed with a game remaining. "That was why it was imperative we got there".

Kane is now among the world's best strikers, and could conceivably - and quite deservedly - captain the Three Lions in Russian Federation.

Pearce, who previously managed the England U21 team and was briefly caretaker of the senior side, played up front to Shilton and has called for Hart to replicate the legendary goalkeeper's attitude on the pitch.

It was Kane's 14th goal in nine games for club and country, and the 24-year-old's fitness and form are crucial to any hopes England might have of success in the finals in Russian Federation next summer.

"Congratulations to England. They maybe didn't really deserve this victory, but they scored a goal", said Slovenia coach Srecko Katanec, who confirmed he will step down after the Scotland game.

"I've said all along that we have great competition for places", said Southgate. I'm delighted, the team are delighted. Robert Lewandowski had a hat trick, becoming his country's all-time leader scorer, with 50 goals in 90 appearances for the national squad.

Slovenia had chances themselves and could even have won the game had Joe Hart not made a courageous double save late on.


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