Gareth Southgate: 'England will not become Spain in next eight months'

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Gareth Southgate: 'England will not become Spain in next eight months'

"There are plenty of players on the pitch who will help each other out when the going gets tough as well".

"We know exactly where we need to improve". England is now undefeated in qualifying with six wins and two draws, putting them five points ahead of second-placed Slovakia.

"They're a work in progress".

" They are suffering the consequences of 25, 30 or 40 years (of failure in major tournaments) and that's not their fault."
That isn't their fault.

ENGLAND face an early test of their World Cup credentials when they face Germany and Brazil in back-to-back friendlies next month.

"For me personally nothing really changes", the 24-year-old told a news conference on Wednesday, after manager Gareth Southgate named him skipper for the Slovenia game.

"What's important is that the lads who have led the team think about integrating the squad, the moments to step forward, the moments to have a quiet word with people". Maybe at some point tonight we might enjoy the fact we're at the World Cup, although that might take a few minutes. We're full of admiration for the guy who calls it a good eight seconds before it crosses the line.

"Was it the performance we wanted and the night we wanted?"

An attendance of only 61,598 - just over two thirds of Wembley's capacity - reflected the depths to which England have sunk in the popularity stakes, a year on from their Euro 2016 humiliation by Iceland.

As for the hosts, seven of England's last nine goals had been scored or assisted by a Tottenham player so it was no surprise when Kane had their first meaningful, but ultimately unsuccessful, effort.

"We are having to find ways to win by being a bit more savvy because things are not flowing", said Southgate.

"We're a country that has high expectations".

Peru will qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1982 if they can defeat Colombia at home on Tuesday, October 10.

"I'm able to rationalise it all". The players themselves will determine how the game goes. The latter travel to Scotland on Thursday night, before hosting Malta in their final qualifier. Southgate's men relied on Hart to make a crucial save near the end with the score still at 0-0, but the goalkeeper is looking at the positives.

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