Jack Butland to start for England against Lithuania


"Although I am not certain I am standing here thinking "well, isn't it brilliant to qualify for the World Cup, I am feeling all the love" but I get it".

The world's biggest football tournament, the FIFA World Cup, kicks off next year in Russian Federation.

The Arsenal midfielder has not played for the national side since November a year ago, but with Gareth Southgate seeking more creativity in midfield, he was considered.

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.

England defender Gary Cahill was relieved to see Kane's latest display of predatory finishing put a flattering gloss on his team's spluttering display.

"We qualified last time, we get to major tournaments and then we completely freeze".

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One player who will get that opportunity is goalkeeper Jack Butland, who is set to start ahead of Joe Hart and gain the sixth cap for his country. The manager admitted that his team is lacking the creative spark that is needed in midfield and admitted that Wilshere could be recalled if he plays regularly at club level. "We have done it a few times in this campaign".

"We want him to be in fantastic form but we want everyone to contribute". If Sturridge was fit he would be the first person on the team-sheet, but you just can not rely on his fitness or form.

Gushing with confidence But the Chelsea star agrees with Kane that England must get quality contributions from other areas for Southgate's men to have any chance of making a sustained run in Russian Federation.

Harry Kane's 94th-minute victor did little to mask what had been a drab tie and Southgate admits that while he is keen to rotate his team, he is also thinking about coming home with three points.

JOHN STONES: Some poor passing and received a booking for a poor tackle.

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