England announce pre-World Cup friendlies with Germany, Brazil


England may have qualified for the World Cup following Thursday's scruffy 1-0 win over Slovenia but manager Gareth Southgate admits they have a "hell of a lot of work to do" if they are to be contenders in Russian Federation next year.

An England performance as ponderous as it was underwhelming meant those in attendance seemed more excited about paper planes landing around the pitch than matters on it.

To make the World Cup qualifying play-offs, Ireland must beat Moldova tomorrow night and win in Cardiff against Wales on Monday.

"We've had to deal with must-win games in the last four", said Strachan. 'When we get the results we want this week I hope to have a dilemma picking 23 players. "Tonight highlighted where we are", the 47-year-old told BBC Sport. It's blindingly obvious we could have played better.

They then have Malta to come in their final game.

"We are having to find a way of winning by being a bit more savvy because we are not flowing with the ball".

Without the suspended Dele Alli, the Three Lions looked utterly bereft of ideas until skipper Kane converted Kyle Walker's late on to score his 14th goal in nine games for club and country.

"They're suffering the consequences of 25 years, 30 years, 40 years (of underachievement). That will be an fantastic thing for me personally". The objective was to qualify for Russian Federation. Different situations, different opportunities to be in front of people, sharing a responsibility of team.

"We had to keep winning and we have to keep giving young players the opportunity to mature, so to marry those things is hard". "Some of the bright young stars will get a fantastic experience upon which they can build for future tournaments".

"In the end, it's crucial for English football to be at the World Cup". 'It's quite a unique circumstance but probably a fair outcome, ' he said.

"We know we have to be better but we're going to a World Cup and that's fantastic". No we're not, but respectfully they have got a squad full of players that have won league titles and won Champions Leagues.

Tickets have gone on sale for the first sales phase of the World Cup and Fifa's website is expected to be busy this weekend as England and Germany fans buy tickets. How do they approach matches?

Kane's latest strike ensured England reached their sixth consecutive finals, matching their record run of World Cup appearances from 1950-1970, which included their victorious 1966 campaign on home soil.

"Like you said, at the moment, I am very happy where I am here - that is all that matters". I stick with the guys that matter - the two managers I've got and the two bunches of team-mates I've got.