West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart told to show more "nastiness"

Oct 08, 2017, 00:57
West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart told to show more

A lot of good teams won't go to that World Cup, so we are pleased but still know there is room for improvement.

Former England global Chris Waddle, commentating on the Slovenia match for BBC 5 Live, said: "I can't think of anything to say, it's that bad".

"I'm an England fan too".

England's current number-one Joe Hart has suffered major criticism on social media for his apparent decline in form, whilst Jordan Pickford is the only goalkeeper to have European football to prove his worth at the top level this season.

Lithuania, who lost 0-2 to England at Wembley in March, have scored just twice in their last six group games and have a goal difference of minus 12.

The 24-year-old left it late at Wembley - scoring in stoppage time - but he was unconcerned by the nature of England's progression.

"For sure we'll make changes but want to get the balance right", Southgate said.

Home friendlies against Germany and Brazil next month will give a good indication of just how much work is needed over the next seven months for England, a constant work in progress.

"We have got goalscorers and we have got some attacking players that we think will cause problems to any team in the world".

"England players do not travel well". England can't call upon Spurs' chief playmaker Christian Eriksen, who instead plays for Denmark, but Adam Lallana is a respectable replacement. There's no better buzz than being part of a good national team.

Thursday's 1-0 victory over Slovenia may have been underwhelming, but what it lacked in entertainment it made up for in optimism as England secured their passage to next summer's tournament.

"We've qualified with a game in hand and we kind of take qualification for granted now", he said. He could play in midfield, on the wing, at No 10 or even as a wing-back - you need players that are versatile.

They will then have eight months preparation, before Southgate and his squad of 23 travel to Russian Federation aiming to win the country's first piece of silverware in 52 years.