Harry Kane ponders foreign move as Gareth Southgate awards England captaincy

Ross Houston
October 6, 2017

Germany and England booked places at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, while Poland was made to wait for qualification in Europe despite thrashing Armenia 6-1 on Thursday.

Though his attention will turn to England as they host Slovenia tomorrow night, then face Lithuania on Sunday as they bid to secure their spot in Russian Federation.

Five-time world champions Brazil, the first team to seal their place at next summer's finals, will then head to Wembley on November 14 in what is another 8pm kick-off.

Paul Merson has picked his England XI to face Slovenia on Thursday with Gareth Southgate's side on the cusp of World Cup qualification.

In a largely turgid affair, England missed the suspended Dele Alli and the injured Jamie Vardy's ability to move defenders around, with Slovenia happy to sit deep and soak up pressure.

Kane and other Spurs players have been key to England's success.

Harry Kane's 92nd minute victor ensured that England at least confirmed their place at Russian Federation 2018 with a win after Slovenia had threatened to emerge with a point.

But Tottenham forward Kane justified his selection as captain by Southgate by sweeping home from close range in the dying moments to ensure that England would not limp into the World Cup on the back of a dismal stalemate. I was given the job to keep things steady and qualify for Russian Federation, and we have done that.

The Three Lions were already gearing up to celebrate, however, courtesy of rivals Scotland's own 1-0 home win over Slovakia. Southgate's side have scored 16 times and have conceded just three goals.

Kane, captain for the night against Slovenia, is a goal machine and strikers of that quality can lift even the most average teams.

England have been in impressive form in their World Cup qualifying campaign. "That's one of the attributes I really like about him".

Kane's victor, on the night he was also England's captain, ensured he was one of the few at Wembley who will look back fondly on this limp affair. And the right people to blame are the FA because we're uniquely in charge of that team.

"They're young players we have to try and get behind and they're giving everything they've got", Southgate said. The rising star is serving a one-match ban on Thursday for making an offensive gesture in the team's 2-1 win over Slovakia.

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