Kane to captain England for crunch World Cup qualifier

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Skipper Harry Kane scored a last-gasp clincher - his 11th goal in 22 worldwide appearances - to salvage a degree of credibility for a lacklustre England, who secured top spot in Group F as a effect.

They will then return to worldwide action in November, with the next round of fixtures set to offer a greater examination of their credentials and offer an indicator as to any progress being made.

" Are we are going to become Spain in the next eight months?"

"Our players were not playing continuously all the time, but I think there's a bright future in front of us". Last time we played them at home and it was easier.

Stuart Pearce believes Southgate should appoint a permanent captain sooner rather than later and says Kane is a strong contender. We have to keep winning and giving young players the opportunity to mature. "We are not going to read about them on the front page". However, The Times report he will make an extra £250,000 for reaching the World Cup, and will make the same amount again should England progress through their group next summer. "We will not be releasing players". But we drew 0-0 in that campaign in Finland and got killed by everybody, but that was also a critical point.

"What we want to do is maximise the abilities that we have and the capabilities that we have".

With qualification wrapped up with a game to spare, England plays their final game of Group F with a trip to Lithuania on Sunday.

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. We're a squad. We stay together as a squad. "It was hard for the crowd - we appreciate them coming - but the game was hard".

"I also have to credit our opponents because they made it hard". The World Cup qualifier will be televised live on ITV 1 for viewers in the United Kingdom. It's probably quite critical for the economy as well!

Asked about a permanent captain, Southgate said: "I haven't decided yet".

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