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England can't be Spain in eight months - Southgate

England can't be Spain in eight months - Southgate

Gareth Southgate says now is not the time for a post-mortem on England's sluggish 1-0 win over Slovenia which booked their spot at the 2018 World Cup.

England's plodding display meant supporters found attempts to aim paper planes at the pitch more entertaining than matters on the field at sparsely-filled Wembley.

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

England qualified with a victory over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night.

Harry Kane netted in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn England their victory over Slovenia after an uninspiring performance.

Chelsea legend John Terry has hailed Harry Kane as "one of the best I've ever faced" after the striker's matchwinning strike for England on Thursday.

England, of course, won their one and only World Cup a whopping 51 years ago on home soil.

"Late goals have been key, we knew that they had to win and would come onto us, so we had to change the formation at the end to give ourselves two up front and try and exploit that". We're full of admiration for the guy who calls it a good eight seconds before it crosses the line.

Boos were audible before captain Kane struck in the 94th minute and Southgate conceded England lacked fluency in attack at times.

Brazil are likely to field their strongest side as they begin to finish their own preparations for next summer where they are chasing their sixth World Cup success.

Southgate's men travel to Lithuania for their final qualifier on Sunday. We had some good individual attacking moments without being able to make the final ball or there were blocks or fouls that broke the game up, so that was frustrating.

Without the suspended Dele Alli, the Three Lions looked utterly bereft of ideas until skipper Kane converted Kyle Walker's late on to score his 14th goal in nine games for club and country.

Slovenia coach Srecko Katanec revealed he will step down after his side's final game at home to Scotland.