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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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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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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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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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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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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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Southgate points to work in progress as FA’s Glenn labels England ‘brittle’

• Unconvincing win over Slovenia secures World Cup place in Russia
• FA’s Martin Glenn said team’s mental preparedness must improve

England will participate at the World Cup next summer with the Football Association’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, having admitted their players “do not travel well” and are still undermined by “a brittleness in unfamiliar circumstances” before Harry Kane’s stoppage-time winner against Slovenia on Thursday secured qualification for the tournament in Russia.

A lacklustre display led to large sections of the crowd booing the players, most notably after poor decisions by Raheem Sterling and Ryan Bertrand while the match was still goalless, and distracting themselves by making paper aeroplanes that ended up littering the playing surface.

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Harry Winks earns England call-up after Fabian Delph and Phil Jones withdraw

• 21-year-old Tottenham midfielder called into squad for first time
• FA: Thursday’s qualifer at Wembley will go ahead despite tube strike

Gareth Southgate has called up Harry Winks for the first time after losing Fabian Delph and Phil Jones to injury for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.

The Tottenham midfielder, who has made only one Premier League start so far this season, will take part in his first training session with the senior squad on Tuesday at St George’s Park, stepping up from Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21 squad after just one cap.

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England’s Gareth Southgate energised by Pochettino’s Spurs fitness regime

Dramatic improvements in strength and stamina of Harry Kane and Tottenham team-mates is infusing England with hope despite the usual burnout fears

Gareth Southgate believes England can profit from the fitness regime Mauricio Pochettino has introduced at Tottenham, with all the Spurs players in the national squad showing marked improvements in strength and stamina over the past couple of years. Until now the Argentinian’s major contribution to England World Cup hopes was to leave his left leg dangling for Michael Owen to trip over in Sapporo in 2002, but Southgate insists his training methods speak for themselves.

Even when Pochettino was at Southampton, who also employed his present assistant, Jesús Pérez, Southgate noticed the Saints players in his under-21 squads showed similar fitness gains. “Mauricio and Jesús are on to something,” Southgate says as he prepares for the internationals against Slovenia and Lithuania. “We see a definite difference in their players’ fitness levels. It’s what allows them to play the pressing game they like to play. It was the same with Southampton, you could see the impact on the players from their club training.”

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England’s Gareth Southgate bemoans lack of competition for places in squad

• Manager frustrated after naming squad for final World Cup qualifiers
• Vardy out injured, Delph recalled and Alli included despite threat of ban

Gareth Southgate has admitted he is not satisfied with his latest England squad, conceding he has selected a number of players who might not ordinarily warrant a place and questioning whether some might be guilty of complacency before a week when his team hope to qualify for the World Cup.

Related: England’s alternative history: World Cup winners under Alex Ferguson | Barney Ronay

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Gareth Southgate backs FA’s Dan Ashworth over Mark Sampson controversy

• England manager believes FA technical director would ‘work ethically’
• Southgate says Sampson should have known potential safeguarding dangers

Gareth Southgate has defended the Football Association’s under-fire technical director, Dan Ashworth, over allegations that the governing body orchestrated a “sham” inquiry into the Mark Sampson affair and tried to cover up an allegation of racism.

Ashworth, one of the FA executives at the centre of the Sampson controversy, has been accused by the Professional Footballers’ Association of overseeing an inquiry that was “not a genuine search for the truth” and “designed to close down the complaint and absolve Mark Sampson”.

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Gareth Southgate praises Marcus Rashford and Manchester United

• Forward’s career development was identified by England with his club
• ‘United prepare their players well, which is why they end up the way they do’

Gareth Southgate has praised Marcus Rashford’s growing maturity and believes England are reaping the benefits from a clear career pathway, identified in conjunction with the coaching staff at Manchester United, aimed at tapping into the striker’s immense potential.

Rashford gained his 11th cap against Slovakia on Monday, making his third start for the senior side, and recovered from an early defensive error to score his first Wembley goal and move England to within two points of qualification for the World Cup. Those discussions with United began two seasons ago when Southgate was in charge of the under-21s. The England set-up spoke at length with the former Wales forward Ryan Giggs, then Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Old Trafford, over how best to maintain the teenager’s development.

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Dele Alli could face Fifa disciplinary action for offensive gesture at Wembley

• Tottenham player pictured making one-finger salute in direction of referee
• Alli says it was directed at his team-mate Kyle Walker, not the referee

Dele Alli has risked disciplinary action from Fifa after cameras caught him making a one-finger salute, sparking suggestions it had been directed at the referee, Clément Turpin, late in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Slovakia.

The Tottenham midfielder was visibly frustrated after the official waved away his appeals for a free-kick following a foul by Martin Skrtel on the edge of the Slovakia box 13 minutes from time. Turpin had his back turned at the time and subsequently penalised Jordan Henderson for a foul on the other side of the pitch, failing to notice Alli’s gesture, though world football’s governing body may still choose to scrutinise the incident.

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Closing divide between England players and fans not easy for Gareth Southgate | Daniel Taylor

Players may have ditched ‘ducking’ international duty but modern money continues to create a disconnect bewteen those on and off the pitch

In a quiet, understated way it was some performance from Gareth Southgate as he defended his players from the accusations that have attached themselves to England’s national team and tried to make sense of the disconnect that has opened up between the players and supporters.

Related: Gareth Southgate ‘outraged’ by claim his England players lack pride

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Gareth Southgate ‘outraged’ by claim his England players lack pride

• Manager urges fans to get behind team after criticism of Malta display
• Dier and Rashford in line to start World Cup qualifier against Slovakia

Gareth Southgate has addressed the dissatisfaction which surfaced among England fans during Friday’s win over Malta and described the suggestion his players are not proud to play for their country as “outrageous”.

The national team can take a significant step towards qualifying for next summer’s World Cup by beating Slovakia at Wembley on Monday, with 70,000 tickets sold for the meeting between the teams first and second in Group F. Yet events in Ta’ Qali on Friday, when sections of England’s support made clear their disgust at the side’s sluggish performance and many left well before the final whistle, have prompted talk of a disconnect between fans and players given the side’s toils in recent years.

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England’s Gareth Southgate cracks joke at Yaya Touré on his birthday – video

Gareth Southgate celebrated his 47th birthday on Sunday and was asked whether he’d received a cake from his England players. His response was to joke about Yaya Touré, referring to comments the player’s advisor, Dmitry Seluk, made back in 2014 about Manchester City not getting him a cake on his own birthday

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Wayne Rooney rules out England return for 2018 World Cup in Russia

• Former England captain says his ‘mind is made up’ over retirement
• Jordan Henderson to retain armband against Slovakia on Monday

Wayne Rooney has insisted that he will not be tempted out of international retirement for one more shot at World Cup glory in Russia next summer.

The former England captain called time on his international career in August, but Gareth Southgate had said there was a possibility he would invite Rooney to come out of retirement for the 2018 World Cup if England qualify.

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