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Joe Hart needs more nastiness as England goalkeeper - Stuart Pearce

Joe Hart needs more nastiness as England goalkeeper - Stuart Pearce

England are trying to enjoy the moment after booking their place at the 2018 World Cup but Gareth Southgate's side know they face a battle to win the hearts and minds of a sceptical public.

England booked their place at next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation with a late and less than convincing win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night, qualifying with one match to spare. The positive thing from those matches, however, was that Southgate deployed a 3-4-2-1 system, after sticking solidly to a four-man defence throughout qualification.

England offered little attacking threat on a dreary and subdued night at Wembley Stadium that was lit up only in the fourth minute of additional time when Kane latched onto Kyle Walker's cross and struck under goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

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. This points the way for England to play over the next nine months.

"It isn't down to just me, it's down to the whole team", Kane said. This is a game where we want to give a strong performance and win. Argentina need to win - and wait for other results - if they want to make it to Russian Federation next year.

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"I can't remember Joe getting questioned too much until Pep went into Man City and started questioning if he could play on the floor". Sometimes as players we come off the back of games which are not always great but it's nearly like everyone is waiting with the negativity.

And Thursday demonstrated that for all the creative potential of certain players, they lack a plan when it comes to possession play. Not even one, it's like, 'How many am I going to get today?' He must have that kind of mentality. But John Stones has played in a three-man defence under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and is ideal for bringing the ball forward, while Gary Cahill captains league champions Chelsea from the left-centre role of a three.

He now has 11 goals from 22 appearances for England. If Dele can recreate his club form on the worldwide stage, he can be the one to lead England out of their creative slump. Not just Kane, but also Dele Alli. It might help if he could replicate elements from the top Premier League sides.

Scoring against Lithuania would provide him with some solace. His dazzling performances for Liverpool during the 1970s were testament to his class and, while often as Shilton's back-up, Clemence has gone down as one of England's most reliable keepers.