Gareth Southgate promises England will excite against Slovakia

Gareth Southgate promises England will excite against Slovakia

Gareth Southgate promises England will excite against Slovakia

England have taken a giant step towards a place in the World Cup next year thanks to a 2-1 World Cup Qualifier win over Slovakia that gave the Three Lions a five-point advantage in first place with only two matches to go.

Jones has been impressive in recent games, helping Manchester United maintain three clean sheets in the league, and the 25-year-old earned his 22nd national cap as he helped England maintain a clean sheet in Friday's 4-0 win over Malta.

A frustrating passage materialised over the next half-an-hour, as England were left taken long-range shots, which were often more unsafe to the crowd rather than the Slovakian goal, but on 37 minutes, it was a corner from Rashford that fell at the feet of Eric Dier at the near post, and the Spurs man produced a sumptuous, skilful chip to level the match up.

Marcus Rashford and Eric Dier scored for England in a match which all but assured the Three Lions a place in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

"We didn't start the game well but I was pleased with the way the players reacted on the field", BBC Radio 5 Live quotes Southgate as saying.

"I thought our two centre-backs really got to grips with the game, so all of a sudden there was comfort in a clear method of playing, but also there were individuals who stepped up at important moments with and without the ball". We were stretched in the first 15 minutes or so.

"England had the game under control all the time", Kozak said. "It's very hard to break down such a well-organised defence but they scored the goals, they won 4-0 and that win away is great".

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Slovakia had offered little in the opening group game a year ago when they frustrated England for long periods with 10 men, before Adam Lallana's late goal secured victory. "He made the mistake for their goal, but he kept persevering".

"We've got some exciting players and we want to show that".

"It's great how the fans supported me, it makes me twice as happy to play football".

Poland stayed first by beating Kazakhstan 3-0, visiting Denmark got a hat trick from Thomas Delaney in a 4-1 thrashing of Armenia, and Stevan Jovetic scored for Montenegro in its 1-0 win over Romania, but his nation dropped below the Danes on goal difference with two rounds remaining. "We feel confident and hopefully we'll get a good result".

England took a giant stride to World Cup qualification on Monday night, in front of a disappointing crowd at Wembley.

However, once again, Southgate's side looked disjointed and without the kind of creative edge needed to beat the top sides in the game.

"He's got very good composure on the ball".

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