Gareth Southgate should switch England to a three-man defence

West Ham star Joe Hart will surpass World Cup winner Gordon Banks’ haul of England caps

It is no easy thing getting to a World Cup, there are some big countries around the world that are struggling.

England secured their place at the tournament in Russian Federation with a game to spare and manager Gareth Southgate has opted to replace Joe Hart with Butland.

Stuart Pearce has suggested that West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart lacks "nastiness" and needs to adopt a ruthless streak if he wishes to remain as the England national teams first choice shot-stopper. In Brazil four years ago, England did not have sole use of the Royal Tulip hotel outside Rio de Janeiro and suffered long traffic delays reaching their training ground in the city at Urca.

Nine of Harry Kane's 11 England goals have been scored in the second half (82%), including his 90th minute victor in the last match against Slovenia.

There's simply no greater honour in the professional game than captaining your country, and Kane certainly understands the magnitude of the responsibility he finds on his shoulders on the eve of England's first tie with Slovenia at Wembley. Joshua Kimmich then added a third on 86 minutes, while Josh Magennis grabbed an injury-time consolation for the hosts.

Scotland 1 Slovakia 0
Gordon Strachan's men dominated after Slovakia had Robert Mak sent off for two bookings midway through the first half. Slovenia for their part definitely need a win, and then to hope that something odd happens in Trnava.

The Arsenal midfielder has played only 202 minutes this season and has yet to appear in the Premier League, but is said to be making good progress and managed 90 minutes of the Europa League game against BATE Borisov last week.

I see Harry being one of the best in the world in terms of form. Despite this, it's been a lacklustre campaign for the Three Lions so far and they will look for an emphatic win against a minnow.

The partnerships in defence and midfield have not allowed English fans to say with any degree of certainty that their side have the nucleus of a decent team. At least in the old days the players would compensate for their poor technique by running themselves into the ground, but this England team don't even do that. "He is one of the best strikers in the world, very professional and someone with a strong character". When Spurs or England loses possession, he becomes the first defender. The more we can play football which excites people and scores goals, the more we will win people over.

The victory over Slovenia means that England have booked their place in the competition in 2018.

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