England bank on 'hot' Kane to deliver World Cup spot

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The Three Lions secured their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after beating Slovenia 1-0 on Thursday courtesy of a very late strike from Harry Kane. "We have some great strengths, and if we couple those with some other traits we could be more powerful than anybody - but we have a lot of work to get to that point".

It was the nation's first major tournament in 58 years and it may very well be Wales' first World Cup outing since 1958 when they made it to the quarter-finals. Walking off the field gutted at the last tournament, as a player I understand how people feel and it's our job to change that. Marcus Rashford the notable exception in attack and Joe Hart for a couple of crucial saves, England was ponderous and labored.

The inclusion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, not even good enough to start for Liverpool since his transfer from Arsenal's substitutes' bench, underlined the paucity of England's creative department.

"We want Harry to be in fantastic form, but we want everyone to contribute. It was an important game and defensively, on a personal note, I think it's maybe one of the best games I've played in", Stones said "I think the hunger to keep improving and getting to more targets in my game is making me strive to become better".

"The fearless mentality - that's the way he is at the minute".

But Cahill insisted: "Those are things we can learn".

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I think on day one it will be a bit slow but then there'll be some bounce and it will quicken up towards day three and four. At times Marchant was the aggressor and other times we changed roles with me being more aggressive".

"Now we have to really see how we can compete against these big teams".

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? 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. So naturally they don't expect. Despite the fact that he has been England's go-to goalkeeper since 2008, his time as the number one is surely coming to an end.

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Gareth Southgate wants to prepare for the World Cup with a series of home friendlies in different stadiums across the country.

GARY CAHILL: Looked solid enough for most of the night but when Slovenia did get forward the Chelsea man got dragged into looking nervy.

Tickets have gone on sale for the first sales phase of the World Cup and Fifa's website is expected to be busy this weekend as England and Germany fans buy tickets.

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