Qualification 'all that matters' for Kane and England

West Ham star Joe Hart will surpass World Cup winner Gordon Banks’ haul of England caps

West Ham star Joe Hart will surpass World Cup winner Gordon Banks’ haul of England caps

Kane has followed up successive Premier League golden boots with a blistering run of 14 goals in nine games for club and country. "I've managed to shoulder that for 20 years", he said.

"We have got goalscorers and we have got some attacking players that we think will cause problems to any team in the world".

"We were very clear in our mind how wanted to evolve and we've got an extra game to do that now, which is a great opportunity to look at a couple of things".

"Regardless of personal achievements, I think it's really important that we smile tonight".

Ironically just a few hours before the 1-0 win at Wembley, English FA chief executive Martin Glenn cited mental frailty has the root cause of England's recent failures at the business end of worldwide tournaments.

"If you went to a World Cup and you took, let's say, Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens out of the great Dutch side, people would not be surprised if they lost".

The Scots, missing from the World Cup since 1998, will be guaranteed second place in Europe Group F and a potential place in the playoffs if they beat Slovenia on Sunday.

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"When you've got someone scoring goals it helps and hopefully I can continue that from now until then, we'll see what happens". Three strikes after the 90th minute have garnered England five points in this qualifying campaign: against Slovakia in the team's opening fixture, against Scotland at Hampden Park and tonight at Wembley. Yet that hasn't stopped the more excitable fans of the Three Lions, whipped up by a feverish press, to bracket their boys alongside the likes of Brazil, Germany and Spain.

"Tonight highlighted where we are", said Southgate. Going into the tournament we want everyone to have the kind of confidence he is showing at the minute.

"We want him to be in fantastic form but we want everyone to contribute".

In the end, the very end, Harry Kane popped up with an injury-time victor, but the goal was missed by thousands of fans who had long since given up and gone home.

"We're all after the same shirt but we're keen to push each other to a high standard because that means success for us as a nation", he said.

"We should enjoy it, it's no easy thing getting to a World Cup". The Three Lions are now top of their qualifying group with five points over second-placed Slovakia.

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