Jack Butland to replace Joe Hart for Lithuania clash, confirms Gareth Southgate

Jack Butland to replace Joe Hart for Lithuania clash, confirms Gareth Southgate

Jack Butland to replace Joe Hart for Lithuania clash, confirms Gareth Southgate

Defending champions Germany confirmed their qualification for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation by beating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast.

All eyes are set on Gareth Southgate's England side this fortnight as the Three Lions only need to accumulate one victory from two outings to concrete a place in Russian Federation for the World Cup. That in itself is an achievement, even if in finishing top of possibly the most unimaginably easy group in the history of European qualification they rarely dazzled.

In-form Spurs striker Kane added: "It was frustrating at times out there. Although I am not certain I am standing here thinking "well, isn't it brilliant to qualify for the World Cup, I am feeling all the love" but I get it".

Pearce, who previously managed the England U21 team and was briefly caretaker of the senior side, played up front to Shilton and has called for Hart to replicate the legendary goalkeeper's attitude on the pitch. "This team has potential, but we have a hell of a lot of work to do".

Even if they do win that match the best they can hope for is a play-off with New Zealand, which they should win despite an off-color qualifying campaign. In Brazil four years ago, England did not have sole use of the Royal Tulip hotel outside Rio de Janeiro and suffered long traffic delays reaching their training ground in the city at Urca. We're in an era where it must be hard for the supporters to relate to players because of what they earn and all of the hullabaloo that is around them.

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And former England U21 manager Pearce - who won 78 caps for the national team - believes Hart needs a bit more bite with his game, and should emulate one of England's greatest ever stoppers.

"I think you've got to be realistic looking at our historical performance", Glenn told the BBC, having earlier admitted that England "do not travel well" and are still undermined by "a brittleness in unfamiliar circumstances".

A lack of creativity in central midfield has been pinpointed as one of England's weak points. Then I'd have Alli behind Kane and Rashford.

Christopher Davies was a longtime Premier League correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph. When he was substituted at Huddersfield, the home fans gave him a round of applause, despite scoring twice against the Terriers.

"Hopefully I can keep performing the way I am and keep improving".

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