West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart: I will keep pushing myself to limit


Banks will forever be associated with his save that kept out Pele's header at the 1970 World Cup but he had also been a key player four years earlier, when England were crowned world champions under Sir Alf Ramsey.

Brazil, the first South American side to win at Wembley in 1981, last met England in London in 2013 when goals from Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney gave the hosts a 2-1 victory.

The Three Lions have already sealed their place in next summer's World Cup finals while Lithuania are rooted in fifth position, so there will nothing but pride to play for in front of 5,000 fans on Sunday evening. I think they're young players that we have to try and get behind.

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"I've always said that as long as I can physically play football I'll be trying to get everything that I can out of myself".

"But now they have a chance to play on that stage at the World Cup".

England's wretched display somehow ended on an upbeat note when Kane stretched to convert Kyle Walker's cross in stoppage-time.

"But every good team has people who contribute all over the pitch". Walker, Trippier, Rose and Bertrand pick themselves in my opinion, but if Southgate opts for a different formation his selections could differ greatly. But it's going to happen and when it does I'm sure it will absolutely huge. But John Stones has played in a three-man defence under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and is flawless for bringing the ball forward, while Gary Cahill captains league champions Chelsea from the left-centre role of a three.

The Stoke keeper, 24, will win his sixth cap and get the chance to impress with Hart's form being questioned. A win would put La Furia Roja on Russian Federation next year.

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MERSE SAYS: Lallana, like Wilshere, is another player who can unpick tight defences, so he's a shoe-in. For all his requests to play centrally, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appears best at wing-back.

Hart also had to race off his line late on as Slovenia began to sense the unease in the home ranks.

True, they are, England's sixth World Cup in a row, and perhaps the problem has always been the unrealistic expectations held by many in England, from the fans to the media.

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

They will then have eight months preparation, before Southgate and his squad of 23 travel to Russian Federation aiming to win the country's first piece of silverware in 52 years. Marcus Rashford the notable exception in attack and Joe Hart for a couple of crucial saves, England was ponderous and labored.

Matteo Darmian will likely start at right back as Italy.

If we opt for this formation, Dier can slot back into defence if Stones brings the ball forward, and that provides another angle of attack.

The midfield of Chamberlain, Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson is pedestrian and the return of the suspended Dele Alli only marginally raises hopes.

If we're unsuccessful initially, the likes of Lallana and Vardy can come on so we can retain possession while running the channels.