Butland handed England start against Lithuania

Butland handed England start against Lithuania

Gareth Southgate's men secured their place at Russian Federation 2018 with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday evening.

Kane is one of the best strikers in the world, and the Tottenham star will be important for England at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russian Federation next summer.

But which players does Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believe should be on the plane to Russian Federation?

"Jack was my captain at under-21 level".

"He's been patient for his opportunity and his form is good".

Hart has committed some high profile mistakes during recent years including during Euro 2016 games against Wales and Iceland and conceded two goals from free kicks during the Three Lions World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

The likes of Jordan Pickford, Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton, who is now injured, are expecting to be vying for places come next summer.

"I don't know how far the team can go at the moment, but what I do know is that we have got a group of players who I am proud to manage because they want to pull on the England shirt". Joe was excellent the other night.

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Southgate is also likely to experiment with his tactics as he looks to develop a system capable of aiding England's chances in Russian Federation.

"As a young team, what they are having to deal with in terms of expectation and criticism of their performances, it is tough for them", Southgate said.

"I played in front of Peter Shilton and for 90 minutes, he would rip your head off for a clean sheet". We want to stay unbeaten, we want to go and win the game. In the last 10 minutes they were getting exhausted and we created a few opportunities.

ERIC DIER: A disappointing performance; another player that does the same job much better for Tottenham.

Dele Alli will return today following a one-match ban and Southgate is expected to make a few tweaks to his line-up from Wembley, with Jack Butland, Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard hopeful of involvement on an artificial pitch in Vilnius.

Glenn Hoddle was asked to pick a Man of the Match in the 87th minute, and his puzzled response said it all.

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