Jack Butland to start for England against Lithuania

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England have comfortably coasted through qualifying winning seven of nine.

England manager Gareth Southgate says that giving his players privacy and the chance to relax with their families has been uppermost in his mind when choosing the team's hotel base for Russian Federation at next summer's World Cup finals.

ENGLAND arrived in Lithuania ahead of their last World Cup qualifier match and got a feel for the pitch during a training session on Saturday night.

Questions still remain over Hart's status as England's first choice goalkeeper after two seasons on loan from Manchester City and a poor showing at Euro 2016.

Some England fans were reduced to crafting paper aeroplanes for amusement during a turgid second half in which Slovenia began to threaten a shock victory to boost their own hopes.

Harry Kane scored an added time goal to secure qualification with a game in-hand, with Wilshere now having the chance to represent his country in the finals next year.

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


He was also the man closest to Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal as Argentina defeated England in 1986. It needed a last minute goal to win in Slovakia, a stunning save by Hart to deny Slovenia in the 0-0 draw in Ljubljana and a stoppage time equalizer by Kane to salvage a point away to Scotland.

"We are a country that has high expectations and you have to keep delivering", Southgate said.

I see Harry being one of the best in the world in terms of form.

"I'm extremely proud, not just for myself but for the team, for the nation", Kane said. Despite this, it's been a lacklustre campaign for the Three Lions so far and they will look for an emphatic win against a minnow. [The criticism] comes with the scrutiny of playing for England. "He is one of the best strikers in the world, very professional and someone with a strong character".

Meanwhile, like England, Germany sealed their spot at the finals on Thursday after a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

In the centre, Eric Dier plays a physical holding role for Spurs and has generally performed well for England.

And Stones said: "We have the players to do it".

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