In-form England striker Harry Kane is as good a finisher as anybody Gareth Southgate has ever worked with.
With World Cup qualification secured with a game to spare, Sunday’s trip to Lithuania offered the chance to entertain and make amends for a poor display against Slovenia on Thursday.
Kane’s late goal gave England an underwhelming 1-0 win in that Wembley encounter and Sunday’s trip to Vilnius saw the same scorer secure the same result, despite the side ranked 120th in the world threatening to give the experimental visitors a bloody nose.
The 24-year-old’s first-half penalty proved enough to end Group F with victory in the Baltics – the striker’s 15th goal in his last 10 matches for club and country. We rated the players.
“It’s a fantastic record and his finishing quality is top – as good as anybody I’ve played with or worked with,” former England defender Southgate said.
“I’m never in any doubt that when he has a good opportunity, that it’s going to be on target and that there’s a fair chance he scores. We’re fortunate to have him.
“But I also think the likes of (Marcus) Rashford, at 19, just need a bit more time to come to the fore.”
It was another impressive performance in the captain’s armband by Kane, who has scored on each of the four occasions he has led the country out.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way he’s led, both in terms of leading by example on the pitch with his performances, but also as he is with the group,” Southgate said.
“I know everybody wants me to get a shift on, but, again, I want to give myself time because what else would you write for the next couple of months if I did it?”