England book spot at 2018 World Cup, thanks to Harry Kane

A positive start from England saw Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Oxlade-Chamberlain all enjoy space in wide positions, but Slovenia were quite comfortable inside the opening 15 minutes at an extremely quiet Wembley

England has booked their spot at the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win over Slovenia in their penultimate Group F fixture on Thursday night.
Harry Kane skippered for the Three Lions on his 22nd appearance for the national team, while Phil Jones’s absence meant that there was a spot at centre-back for John Stones.
A positive start from England saw Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Oxlade-Chamberlain all enjoy space in wide positions, but Slovenia were quite comfortable inside the opening 15 minutes at an extremely quiet Wembley.
Slovenia had a chance in the 19th minute when Ilicic delivered a stunning ball into Bezjak, but the number 14 could not make the most of the opportunity as England, who appeared to go off the boil after a positive start, survived another dangerous moment.
England’s first serious opportunity of the match came in the 26th minute when Jordan Henderson found space inside the Slovenia box, but the Liverpool captain saw his effort saved by Oblak.
Marcos Rashford had a super chance to send England ahead just past the hour after racing into the Slovenia box following a swift counter-attack, but the 19-year-old’s effort, which had beaten Oblak, was cleared by Rajko Rotman.
Kane fired just wide of the post 20 minutes from time, but it did not take too long for Slovenia to gain a foothold once again.
The visitors had a wonderful chance to register in the 84th minute when substitute Tim Matavz raced into the England box, but Hart was out to make a fine stop as the on-loan West Ham United goalkeeper came up with a big moment late on.
Six additional minutes were played at the end of the 90, and England found the back of the net in the fourth of those as Kane tucked a low Walker cross into the back of the net to secure a seventh Group F victory for the Three Lions.

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