England can't be Spain in eight months - Southgate

  • England can't be Spain in eight months - Southgate

England can't be Spain in eight months - Southgate

A youthful Three Lions squad secured their place in next year's Russian Federation finals thanks to Harry Kane's late striker against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday.

"It is an fantastic feeling to score, no matter what the time, and it's great to go through to the World Cup". I thought we did that well.

"But we're working to change the generation and we've brought some young players through".

"They got exhausted, they came out a bit trying to get the win and we took advantage of that".

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five reasons to be cheerful and five to be fearful when England head to Russian Federation next summer to take on the world's best. "We are really happy".

"I am not going to hide and say we are exactly where we want to be or the performance was what we'd have liked it to be".

"Late goals have been key and we knew they had to win".

They are suffering a little bit from the outcome of the last 25 or 30 years.

And Redknapp is not alone in reserving judgement on the team's efforts until watching them try to cope with the pressure of delivering on the biggest stage of all.

"What is the role of the manager?"

The 47-year-old said: "Tonight highlighted where we are".

England's fans had long given up on Thursday's game at Wembley and were entertaining themselves by launching paper aeroplanes towards the pitch by the time Harry Kane stabbed in a predatory 94th-minute victor. "It really is tough".

"We've got a World Cup to look forward to now and hopefully people have the same dreams as me, we can stick together and make something happen".

"They are giving absolutely everything they have got".

Toby Alderweireld has called his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Harry Kane the best striker in the Premier League as he thinks the striker has it all.

"We played a team who have only conceded four goals in the competition - and you saw why", Southgate added. "I like what I see".

"I am able to rationalise it all, I understand it completely".

"But I was given the job to keep things steady a year ago".

But Southgate said he took solace from the example of the late Bobby Robson, who went from national pariah to national treasure by leading England to the semi-finals at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

"But there will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put in a performance". We want to stay unbeaten, we want to go and win the game.

"But we're there [at the World Cup] and now we build and we look to where we can improve all the time".