Friday, 20 October, 2017

England must not freeze again in Russian Federation, says Redknapp

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Without the suspended Dele Alli, the Three Lions looked utterly bereft of ideas until skipper Kane converted Kyle Walker's late on to score his 14th goal in nine games for club and country.

It would help if he, one year into the job, gave them something they so evidently lack: an identity.

Southgate can now start planning in earnest for the tournament in Russian Federation - the Football Association last night announced Wembley friendlies against Germany and Brazil in November - although the 47-year-old admits there is plenty of scope for betterment. Maybe at some point tonight we might enjoy the fact we are at a World Cup.

"But we're working to change the generation and we've brought some young players through".

To make the World Cup qualifying play-offs, Ireland must beat Moldova tomorrow night and win in Cardiff against Wales on Monday.

But he praised Slovenia for making it hard, adding: "We have a responsibility to create chances and to get the crowd excited so we can't expect they make it a cauldron without us doing that". I thought we did that well.

Southgate's side travel to Lithuania for their final qualifier on Sunday.

Southgate has yet to name a permanent captain of the team and Kane, who has filled in on a couple of occasions, said it did not matter as long as everyone kept working together.

'We were out there talking a few times, trying to keep each other going, to keep the pressure on in the second half.

"Let's go and get the ball forward and play at 100mph like we do in the Premier League and teams won't be able to cope with us". Is this team where we want it to be? We have a huge test on Monday night against the Republic of Ireland.

Southgate's side has scored 12 times in their last four fixtures to average three goals a game in 2017 so far. "We are not going to read about them on the front page".

Germany, who are the holders having won the trophy in Brazil in 2014, strolled to a 3-1 victory in Belfast and will be the favorites to retain the World Cup in Moscow in July. "I'm very happy here [at Tottenham], but we'll see what happens".

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