- England will be one of the 32 teams bidding for glory in Russia next summer
- Harry Kane scored the goal that secured England's qualification to Russia 2018 World Cup
- Qualification has been achieved with seven wins, two draws, and a game to spare
In-form Tottenham Hotspurs striker Harry Kane scored a late winner to secure England's qualification for next summer's World Cup with victory against Slovenia.
Despite the win last night it was a display designed to dampen any sense of expectation from the three Lions.
It has been an impressive qualifying campaign results considering it started with a last minute winner in the opening game and an enforced change of manager.
Kane, who was England's captain for the night, swept in Kyle Walker's cross for his 11th goal in 22 international appearances to eventually break down Slovenia's resolve as they looked likely to hold out for a point.
Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling almost broke the deadlock before Kane made his breakthrough, England were also grateful to their keeper Joe Hart for some crucial interventions.
The three Lions and manager Southgate may have achieved their goal, but the manner at which it was achieved oozes no confidence, the performance was lifeless, uninspired and mediocre.
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England failed to qualify from their group at the 2014 Worldcup in Brazil as they failed to win any match in the group.
The three lions join nine other teams that have qualified for Russia 2018. They are: Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Germany.
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