England qualify for 2018 World Cup after predictably dour win over Slovenia

Raheem Sterling scoring past Joe Hart

England can secure their place in next year's tournament in Russian Federation with a win and will be skippered by the in-form Tottenham star for the game, although manager Gareth Southgate is yet to decide on a permanent captain.

"I think tonight highlighted where we are".

"Was it the performance or the night we wanted?" "I think there are three candidates, Cahill, Henderson and Kane". But, that was as good as it got from the West Ham keeper. You know what you would like and what is realistic.

"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".

England had to rely on a late Harry Kane goal to bail out another lacklustre performance, but the win does mean that the Three Lions' place in Russian Federation is confirmed.

The Scots, missing from the World Cup since 1998, will be guaranteed second place and a potential place in the playoffs if they beat Slovenia in the last round of games on Sunday. But we drew 0-0 in that campaign in Finland and got killed by everybody, but that was also a critical point.

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Prior to the Tottenham Hotspur striker's intervention, England had laboured to little avail against Srecko Katanec's charges, who had conceded just four goals in their previous eight qualifiers.

Prior to the goal, it seemed most England fans were more interested in throwing paper aeroplanes onto to the Wembley turf, with one especially earning a particularly loud cheer. "Some of the bright young stars will get a fantastic experience upon which they can build for future tournaments".

The performances of Kane are likely to be imperative should Spurs wish to end their trophy drought which has spanned almost ten years with their last silverware coming in 2008 when they claimed the League Cup.

Gordon Strachan's team face Slovenia in their final fixture and sit in second place, two points ahead of Slovakia.

"No, not relief", Southgate said. "But we have got goalscorers".

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

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