Southgate admits England must be better despite Slovenia win

Southgate admits England must be better despite Slovenia win

England manager Gareth Southgate conceded his team were a "work in progress" after they qualified for next year's World Cup with a desperately laboured 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

"Raheem is a tough lad", Southgate said. I thought we did that well. Of course we'd have loved to have played more fluidly and scored more goals. But when they're on top of you, it does make it really hard.

Wales' players celebrate after the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Georgia and Wales in Tbilisi on October 6, 2017.

"Let's focus a little bit more on that rather than the negatives". They are suffering a little bit from the outcome of the last 25 or 30 years.

"But what would be my desire and ideal way of playing and what we have to do over the next year are maybe two different things". The objective was to qualify for Russian Federation.

"We've put together the basis of a team plan".

England secured their spot at next summer's World Cup on Thursday night.

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The Scots, missing from the World Cup since 1998, will be guaranteed second place and a potential place in the playoffs if they beat Slovenia in the last round of games on Sunday. It's probably quite critical for the economy as well!

"But tonight, as a country, we go to the World Cup".

He said: "You look at that England team and you think if every one of those players played to their best, we've got a good chance".

Slovenia threatened first and might have been awarded a penalty after Josip Ilicic went down in the penalty area, seemingly after England goalkeeper Joe Hart had caught his foot. The last game of the Slovenes was held on September 4 against the Lithuanian national team, which was just "toothless" in that match having lost with a score of 4: 0.

"Congratulations to England", he said.

Striker Omar Al Somah scored a late penalty as the Syrians drew 1-1 with Australia in the first leg of their play-off against Australia.

"I think people want to come and see goals and be entertained".