Skipper Harry Kane came to the rescue last night with a 94th minute goal, that broke the deadlock and gave England a 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley, that confirmed England’s place in next year’s World Cup finals held in Russia next summer.
In what was a somewhat subdued match, in which England didn’t play particularly well and has been described elsewhere as Lifeless, boring, and mediocre, Harry Kane saved the day with his 11th goal in 22 appearances for his country, the Tottenham Hotspurs striker bundled in Kyle Walkers cross to secure the victory as it looked certain to end in a goal less draw.
Although England have qualified with a game reminding taking 14 points from 9 games, the way in which they have gone about their victories will not have the likes of Germany, France or Brazil quaking in the boots and although the headlines will go to Kane, it was the much-criticised keeper Joe Hart that came to England’s recuse on a number of occasions, saving his teams blushes with some fine goal keeping.
To be realistic, although England has qualified, for the first time in a long time, England fans will be going with the realistic expectations that we are currently a B rated team and performances like last night against quality teams wouldn’t leave Head coach Gareth Southgate with a job for long. He currently has 8 months to find something that will at least entertain the fans as the scale of last night’s performance was evident when fans spent more time building paper aeroplanes to throw on the pitch, than watching their National team that they had paid their hard-earned cash to see.
Next up is Lithuania on Sunday and hopefully with the pressure of qualification off their backs we will see the kind of football we know the players are capable of week in week out at their Premier League clubs.