Sterling will bounce back from early England sub - Southgate


Group F leaders England host Slovakia at Wembley on Monday and victory would put them on the brink of qualifying for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I guess what I'd say to the supporters is every team has new players".

"But we want to get to a World Cup".

"At times we won't play as well as we'd like to, but there's nobody in that dressing room that's giving me less than 100 percent".

England ran out 4-0 winners in Ta' Qali on Friday night, but in truth the score-line flattered Southgate's side. "We get that. But it will be a much better experience for all of us if we're all united". Having worn the shirt, that's where I can bring some context to it. "Because it's not about "caring".

GARETH SOUTHGATE called on England's fans to unite behind his team.

"I think it's a national characteristic", said Southgate, who played for the fondly remembered England team that reached the semi-finals of Euro 96 on home soil.

"So there's always been a sort of aggressive side to that". Every England team I played in, the lads could never quite get their heads round why that was. "Maybe they lack one more creative player to manage their play but overall it is a great squad".

"We are playing good opposition so we've got to make sure we are tactically prepared, which we will be, but also we've got to have belief in the team that we've got. Unfortunately success is not just about hard work and passion".

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England are two points clear of Slovakia at the top of European qualifying Group F and victory in London would leave them within touching distance of getting to next year's finals in Russian Federation.

Gareth Southgate accepts there is no "Messiah" on hand to transform England into world-beaters in quick time but is proud his squad do not shirk the challenge of turning out for their country.

Tottenham striker Kane is a back-to-back golden boot victor at Premier League level and a brace against Malta on Friday took his worldwide tally to 10 in 20 games.

The 24-year-old Tottenham striker is renowned for having a powerful drive to improve himself as a player and Southgate believes he is an example to his England team-mates.

'He knows where he's sitting.

"I asked him how many goals in how many games (he'd scored) this morning and he knew".

"He also knew how many Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had at this point".

Friday's 4-0 victory in Malta included one goal in the 85th minute and two in stoppage time - disguising what had been a turgid display against a side ranked 190th in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association. "Why can't that happen moving forward?"