England 1-0 Slovenia

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Nevertheless, the players of the England national team are in brilliant form at the moment, and given that they do not have to lose for the exit, I presume they will cope with the task without difficulty.

"We have qualified for a World Cup with one game to go".

"They might not have the numbers, but when they put 16 or 17 together, they've got a right good side". No we're not. They have a squad full of players who have won Champions Leagues and league titles.

The Three Lions can qualify for the Russia-hosted tournament by beating Slovenia this evening, and they will have gone through the entire qualifying campaign without a loss if they avoid defeat against Lithuania on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate made two changes from the 2-1 win over Slovakia in September as John Stones replaced the injured Phil Jones and Raheem Sterling came in for the suspended Dele Alli.

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The result means England have not lost in their last 20 World Cup qualifiers - a run that stretches back eight years - and they have topped their World Cup qualification group for the sixth time in succession.

"They've done OK. We haven't learned anything new", he told Omnisport.

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

But he praised Slovenia for making it hard, adding: "We have a responsibility to create chances and to get the crowd excited so we can't expect they make it a cauldron without us doing that".

"I'm not going to hide and say we are exactly where we want to be but we have had six wins and two draws in my time in charge".

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"I think it's a good time".

"The important thing was when we looked at the group of players. we saw potential leaders, but lads that haven't necessarily had experience of leading", the manager said.

In-form striker Harry Kane was the man who broke the deadlock, bundling home a cross from former Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker to seal England's qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

And the manager, who initially took over last October to over-see the majority of the qualifying campaign, will now focus on getting his players ready for Russian Federation.

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