Hart set for England milestone


On Thursday it was Kane again, named as England's captain by coach Gareth Southgate, who led from the front, this time for his country, with the goal that won the game against Slovenia in injury time at Wembley, after a turgid display.

Jack Wilshere was on the verge of an England call up for the current worldwide break, despite having not played a minute of Premier League football this season.

"But what would be my desire and ideal way of playing and what we have to do over the next year are maybe two different things".

Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane, in his latest audition for the permanent captaincy, could regularly be seen dropping deep in an attempt to get his team going and he worked Jan Oblak with a 30-yard sighter. Generally England's best performer since establishing himself in the side, Lallana takes up intelligent positions, quickens the tempo and forms passing triangles in risky zones. Nominally right-footed, he has scored 11 goals with his left this year for Spurs, he is commanding in the air and has become a reliable scorer from set-pieces and penalties.

Clemence's worldwide career might have been even more distinguished were it not for the presence of Shilton and an underwhelming period for the England team. "But of course people have to be playing and of course have to be playing at a good level". England's most problematic area is at centre-back, and using a three-man defence would in effect encourage fielding a substandard player in place of someone else further forward (like Marcus Rashford, for example). Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have played in a three-man defence for Manchester United, albeit occasionally, and should have few problems adjusting. Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the nod because he's as versatile as an egg. We haven't got players who have proven themselves on that stage.

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The Three Lions were already gearing up to celebrate, however, courtesy of rivals Scotland's own 1-0 home win over Slovakia.

England were heavily criticised for their performance against Slovenia, with the win only papering over the cracks.

The 3-4-2-1 is the system of the moment.

The Northern Irish side, with 19 points and a lock on the second spot in Group C, will look to increase their total when they face Norway next week in the 10th and final qualifying match. Dier could be key to making it work successfully - if indeed Southgate is willing to work on it in more detail.