Southgate admits England must be better despite Slovenia win

Date published: Thursday 5th October 2017 10:17

Gareth Southgate: Pleased with win over Scotland

Gareth Southgate insisted his England side have to be better despite securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a win over Slovenia.

England had to rely on a late Harry Kane goal to bail out another lacklustre performance, but the win does mean that the Three Lions’ place in Russia is confirmed.

Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both struggled, as did Man City pair John Stones and Kyle Walker.

“We played a team who have only conceded four goals in the competition and you could see why,” Southgate told ITV.

“We weren’t as sharp as we’d have hoped to be, but we stuck at it and it’s not a coincidence if you keep scoring late goals.

“We knew they had to win and were going to come onto us. We changed the formation at the end to try and exploit that.”

Southgate also praised the role of Joe Hart for his part in the clean sheet, which included some quick work inside the last 10 minutes to snuff out a 1-on-1 among other important saves.

“He made big saves at important times so that’s where his experience comes through.

“We know we have to be better but we’re going to a World Cup and that’s fantastic. I think this team has potential but we have a hell of a lot of work to do.”

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