Southgate: ‘We have a hell of a lot of work to do’

Date published: Thursday 5th October 2017 10:23

England boss Gareth Southgate is aware that his side need to put the effort in if they are to do anything at next summer’s FIFA World Cup.

The Three Lions laboured at Wembley and needed a Harry Kane goal in the third minute of injury time to seal their place in Russia.

They hardly did it in style on a frustrating night where the home crowd resorted to throwing paper aeroplanes to amuse themselves, but Southgate wants to reflect on his side’s achievement.

“We know we have to get better, but that’s for tomorrow, tonight we as a country are going to the World Cup which is fantastic,” he told ITV.

“I think this team has potential, but we have got a hell of a lot of work to do.

“We came in on the back of the European Championships, they have had a change of coach, they have had a lot of difficulties to deal with through the campaign, but now we are there and we look to where we can improve all the time.

“We played a team who have only conceded four goals and you saw why, they defended resolutely, they broke the game up when they had to, they took yellow cards when they had to and we weren’t quite as sharp as we would have hoped to be with the ball.

“But we stuck at it and it’s not a coincidence that we keep scoring late goals.”

Southgate will no doubt make a number of changes to his side in their final group game against Lithuania on Sunday.

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