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Jürgen Klopp criticises England for playing Jordan Henderson in Lithuania

• Liverpool manager says Henderson should have been rested by Southgate• Klopp also unhappy at lack of time before Manchester United gameJürgen Klopp has criticised Gareth Southgate’s use of Jordan Henderson during the international break and claimed i…

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England’s rising stars seize chance to shine at Under-17 World Cup | Michael Butler

Jadon Sancho and Rhian Brewster give glimpse of bright future as Steve Cooper’s side head for knockout stages at the tournament in IndiaBy the time the knockout stages for the Under-17 World Cup commence next week, its two highest-profile players will …

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Germany on top among qualified 23 | Nick Ames

Twenty-three nations have booked their places for the World Cup in Russia, with the holders and Brazil looking in good shape but we rank England in 13th place, below Iceland

If the world champions were frustrated by their failure to win continental honours at Euro 2016 they have certainly taken it out on everyone else since. Germany won 10 qualifying games out of 10 and, even if San Marino’s presence in Group C needs taking into account, a record 43 goals scored suggests things are back in their old working order. So too did their Confederations Cup title in July, achieved with an experimental squad; Joachim Low can select from an unrivalled depth of talent and, while winning back-to-back World Cups remain a huge task, none of next summer’s contenders has an equivalent selection of tools with which to tackle the different challenges they will face.

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Gareth Southgate commits to back three for England’s World Cup mission

• Southgate says formation will help England play out from back at Russia 2018
• ‘System gives us good stability and easier solutions for our midfield players’

Gareth Southgate has committed England to playing three at the back during next summer’s World Cup having identified the system as “a better option” and will use the friendlies over the next eight months to familiarise his players with the formation.

Although there is a risk to cementing plans around one formation this far from the finals, England did employ the tactic in Sunday’s unconvincing win in Lithuania and for the last few minutes at Wembley last Thursday against Slovenia when qualification was secured for the tournament in Russia. More significantly, the team mustered arguably their most impressive performance under Southgate using the system in the narrow friendly defeat by Germany in Dortmund last season.

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Harry Winks sets sights on World Cup squad place after strong England debut

• Harry Winks played all of 1-0 win against Lithuania in Vilnius
• Spurs midfielder says after England debut: ‘I trust my ability’

Harry Winks has no doubt he could perform for England at the 2018 World Cup after a fine debut for Gareth Southgate’s side in the 1-0 victory against Lithuania on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was drafted into the squad for the final two qualifiers after Manchester City’s Fabian Delph was forced out by injury. Winks did not feature in the 1-0 home win against Slovenia on Thursday but the Tottenham midfielder played in all of the win against Lithuania.

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Maguire to Winks: which England hopefuls might make the plane to Russia? | Jamie Jackson

Jack Butland, Aaron Cresswell, Harry Winks, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier all got a chance against Lithuania, but who looks likely to go to the World Cup?Despite having made his England debut in August 2012, Jack Butland had to wait three years for…

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Gareth Southgate keeps Harry Kane waiting on England captaincy

• Gareth Southgate impressed with Kane’s goals in past two games
• ‘Everyone wants me to get a shift on, but I want to give myself time’

Gareth Southgate expressed delight at the way Harry Kane captained England in the final two World Cup qualifying wins, against Slovenia and Lithuania, but admitted he is yet to decide who will be the permanent leader.

Kane’s 27th-minute penalty against Lithuania proved to be the winner here and his added-time goal had claimed victory over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday. In all, the Tottenham striker has scored in each of the four matches he has worn the armband. Yet while Southgate described the centre-forward as one of the best he has encountered in his career, the 24-year-old will have to wait regarding whether he will be named as the captain for Russia 2018.

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Harry Kane penalty gives England win in Lithuania to end qualifying campaign

There was a moment early in the second half here when the referee, Orel Grinfeld, had to stop play after the children enjoying a kick-about on a five-a-side pitch at the open end of this tiny arena hoofed a yellow football over the netting and on to the artificial surface. Those standing behind the goal at that end of the ground, amused by the brief interruption, must have been tempted thereafter to turn around and watch the kids’ whooped attempts to keep warm instead. So much of the main attraction proved desperately humdrum.

Related: Gareth Southgate keeps Harry Kane waiting on England captaincy

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Lithuania v England: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

4.18pm BST

“That blue embroidery on blue jacket makes it look like Southgate has put his jacket on inside out and not noticed,” suggests Adam Griffiths. But if the jacket was inside out we couldn’t see the pocket at all. It does look like the pocket has been sewn on the wrong ray round.

4.10pm BST

Here’s the Lithuania side, and indeed both teams in full:

Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas.
England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)

Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2

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Jermain Defoe: ‘I didn’t know I would reach 35 and still be running like I’m 25’

The England striker credits his mother, Ian Wright and a French fitness expert for helping him get a wholly unexpected chance at another World Cup

Jermain Defoe turned 35 on Saturday, spending his birthday travelling to Lithuania with the England squad he was so happy to rejoin and not even thinking about slowing down, let alone retiring. A French fitness expert whom Ian Wright recommended a few seasons ago said he thought he could add five years to Defoe’s career and the Bournemouth striker reckons he probably has. What Defoe does not know, and is not in too much of a hurry to find out, is whether he has already used up that five-year bonus or still has a fair part of it left.

Related: England reach the World Cup again – can they do better this time?

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Gareth Southgate: England possess no big players and have it all to prove

• Manager points to team’s lack of international honours
• Jack Butland and Michael Keane set to face Lithuania

Gareth Southgate has claimed no one in his squad can yet consider himself a “big player” but believes England are hungry to prove their quality before next summer’s World Cup as they seek to repair the relationship with a disillusioned fanbase.

Related: Gareth Southgate must give freedom a chance after numbing England spectacle | Barney Ronay

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Welcome to England’s World Cup base: ‘People come here for total quiet’

The sleepy Russian town of Zelenogorsk will be where Gareth Southgate’s squad will train next summer, a place where ‘there’s nothing for the young to do’

If England’s football team are looking for self-reflection and meditation, this sleepy Russian town where they will train during the World Cup next summer could fit the bill. The 10-minute drive north from their modest accommodation in the village of Repino, 19 miles from St Petersburg, cuts through birch and pine forest, the view occasionally punctuated by a large steak restaurant or a glimpse of the Baltic Sea.

Related: Pampered Lions? Welcome to England’s no-frills World Cup base for Russia 2018

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England players need opportunity to develop, insists Gareth Southgate

• Manager calls for patience and urges supporters to get behind team
• Dele Alli to return in Lithuania; Butland and Lingard likely to be involved

Gareth Southgate will be “realistic” with his expectations for England at the World Cup finals next summer and has called for patience as he seeks to further the development of his young side before the tournament in Russia.

The national team travel to Lithuania on Saturday for their final qualifier with progress having been secured from Group F and Southgate is expected to offer game time to some of his fringe players in Vilnius. England host Germany and Brazil in prestige friendlies next month, elite sides who will pose a very different threat from those encountered in qualification, with the manager acutely aware the team’s relationship with its support has to be rebuilt after recent uninspiring performances.

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England players need opportunity to develop, insists Gareth Southgate

• Manager calls for patience and urges supporters to get behind team
• Dele Alli to return in Lithuania; Butland and Lingard likely to be involved

Gareth Southgate will be “realistic” with his expectations for England at the World Cup finals next summer and has called for patience as he seeks to further the development of his young side before the tournament in Russia.

The national team travel to Lithuania on Saturday for their final qualifier with progress having been secured from Group F and Southgate is expected to offer game time to some of his fringe players in Vilnius. England host Germany and Brazil in prestige friendlies next month, elite sides who will pose a very different threat from those encountered in qualification, with the manager acutely aware the team’s relationship with its support has to be rebuilt after recent uninspiring performances.

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England players need opportunity to develop, insists Gareth Southgate

• Manager calls for patience and urges supporters to get behind team
• Dele Alli to return in Lithuania; Butland and Lingard likely to be involved

Gareth Southgate will be “realistic” with his expectations for England at the World Cup finals next summer and has called for patience as he seeks to further the development of his young side before the tournament in Russia.

The national team travel to Lithuania on Saturday for their final qualifier with progress having been secured from Group F and Southgate is expected to offer game time to some of his fringe players in Vilnius. England host Germany and Brazil in prestige friendlies next month, elite sides who will pose a very different threat from those encountered in qualification, with the manager acutely aware the team’s relationship with its support has to be rebuilt after recent uninspiring performances.

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Why Southgate must wring the most out of John Stones for England | Barney Ronay

The England manager could do a lot worse than take a tip from Pep Guardiola and put as much energy as possible into wringing the most out of John Stones

This time. More than any other time. We’re going to find a way. Find a way to express key drivers of our unique but non‑prescriptive footballing DNA under a holistic development pathway. Getting it all together. We’re on our way!

Well, that’s all done now. England will be present at Russia 2018 after a room temperature qualifying campaign reached a grippingly dull resolution against Slovenia at Wembley. And really, it is worth remembering that for those who follow England these are the good times. With a place in the velvet ball bag assured we have a small interlude to purr at the prospect of wandering around the vast city-scapes of Europe’s great alien superpower worrying about Gary Cahill’s minor calf strain; to argue with doltish enthusiasm about tactics and selection; and above all to dream a little. Although if you believe the publicity it seems likely Gareth Southgate and his team of FA wonks, hangers-on and brochure‑wanglers are just as likely to spend the next few months worrying about the wider existential questions that have preoccupied the current FA.

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How England can find World Cup spark and repair disconnect with fans | Dominic Fifield

A fit and firing Adam Lallana, successful Champions League runs and clarity on a plan to get the best from the squad could be key to England’s Russia 2018 hopes

The sense of anticlimax was inescapable. Gareth Southgate had spent his evening on the touchline dodging paper aeroplanes, tedium-induced origami, and blocking out occasional spasms of booing from the home support, and was left to plead for patience after the match. It matters not that plenty of nations would love to be in England’s position. Argentina are in real danger of missing out on a World Cup for the first time since 1970 after drawing with Peru in Buenos Aires. Holland are third in their group and in peril, while even the European champions, Portugal, are facing up to the likelihood of a play-off. The same fate almost certainly awaits Italy. England, in contrast, have emerged unbeaten through another qualification campaign and yet the mood was almost apologetic.

Now Southgate has Sunday’s qualifier in Lithuania and, at best, four friendly fixtures before he must select a squad for the tournament in Russia. So what areas must England address most urgently if they are to repair the disconnect between team and support?

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England reach the World Cup again – can they do better this time?

England have qualified for the tournament in Russia and are so far unbeaten in their group but that does not guarantee they will have a successful tournament. Here we chart how they have got on after winning in 1966

England qualified as holders and finished second in their group, behind Brazil, the eventual winners. That meant a quarter‑final against West Germany. Sir Alf Ramsey’s side led 2-0 before losing 3-2, with Gerd Müller’s goal ending England’s hopes of retaining the Jules Rimet trophy.

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The Joy of Six: the best of Michael Owen | Jacob Steinberg

One of England’s most gifted players, Michael Owen’s playing career has taken in big derby goals, a famous Cup final win and that goal against Argentina

Michael Owen might have become a mild figure of fun in retirement, mocked for his stubborn hatred of films, castigated for that YouTube clip of him goading a 13-year-old goalkeeper and widely criticised for his punditry, but the bantz can make it easy to forget what a brilliant footballer he was at his peak – one of the most gifted ever produced by England.

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Gareth Southgate must give freedom a chance after numbing England spectacle | Barney Ronay

The England manager has eight months to get his team to express themselves at the World Cup by using the flair of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford

Put out more flags. Dust down the red and white jester’s hat. Root out the gumshield, the crumpled Yekaterinburg metro map. And prepare to head once more into that strangely gruelling territory between bruised and fearful cynicism and the eternal quiver of tournament hope.

England have booked their place at the World Cup in Russia after surely the most meandering, flaccid qualification victory yet devised by any England team. Slovenia were beaten by Harry Kane’s goal but make no mistake – this was both a dreadful game of football and a numbing spectacle for those loyal supporters still willing to drag themselves out on a Thursday night to enter the vast money-rinsing concrete cauldron of the Wembley entertainment complex.

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