Germany and England the latest teams to reach the World Cup
Oct 08 2017
"But these are good kids, desperate to play for England". Marcus Rashford the notable exception in attack and Joe Hart for a couple of crucial saves, England was ponderous and labored.
"Of course there's been times when it's been tough, when you're injured and you wake up in the morning, you think "Oh I've got to go to training, all the other lads are training, you've got to go to the gym". So the base camp can be used as an excuse for any number of different things. In some areas, we know where we want to evolve towards. "That was why it was imperative we got there". What are we really good at? We have started this season well as a team. "We're all delighted. We have another game on Sunday and we need to keep doing what we're doing and working hard".
"I would love us to be dominating with 80 per cent possession against the best teams of the world, but there is little evidence of that over the last five (years) - there's no real evidence of that over the last 50 years".
In an easy group where Slovakia provided their sternest test, England may have won through but flattered to deceive for much of the qualification campaign.
"What is the role of the manager?"
England have comfortably coasted through qualifying winning seven of nine.
But after Friday's tiresome 1-0 win at Wembley, Southgate is trying to add spark to his engine room and refused to rule out a Wilshere recall.
"As a young team, what they are having to deal with in terms of expectation and criticism of their performances, it is tough for them", Southgate said.
"We've got the players, we've got the capabilities".
"They are giving absolutely everything they have got".
On Friday night, October 6, Ukraine play Croatia in the final match of their group.
It is the sixth time in succession England have qualified for the World Cup, but after making such heavy work of defeating Slovenia, they are unlikely to give the game's super-powers many sleepless nights.
But Argentina, who won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, were held to a goalless draw at home by Peru and are now seriously struggling to make it to Russian Federation.
"I am able to rationalise it all, I understand it completely".
"Everyone was disappointed with the performance, none more so than me". Going into the tournament we want everyone to have the kind of confidence he is showing at the minute.
Michael McGovern pulled off a stunning save to claw a Wagner header away three minutes later as the Germans laid siege to the hosts' goal, before a second header from the Hoffenheim striker cannoned off the woodwork on 17 minutes.
"It isn't down to just me, it's down to the whole team", said Kane, who in September scored 13 goals in all competitions for Spurs and England.