Gareth Southgate's England already resembling Liverpool - and not in a good way
Mar 27 2017 by Dustin Murphy
A 2-0 win over Lithuania was job done, but much closer than it should be. It's in our hands because the next two teams have got to come here.
England will be looking to get back to winning ways after their 1-0 loss to Germany in a friendly match on Wednesday. "I was just last-man standing", Hart told ITV.
The challenge was always going to conjuring the unexpected, though, against the eight men Lithuania amassed behind the ball when England pushed into opposition territory. Join the We Are Hooligans team! Jermain Defoe, Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill are the only outfield players older than 29.
"It was a great moment for him". I thought they were a better team than maybe they gave themselves credit for. That game would have been a real struggle.
On the field Sunday, defending champion Germany remained on course with its fifth win from five games despite conceding its first goal in Group C. It beat Azerbaijan 4-1.
Defoe continued to be England's focal point and fired a yard past the post when the ball dropped for him just outside the area. "I can not say any bad word about them". Despite playing as England's deepest-lying midfielder, he also created two goalscoring opportunities.
It was already an emotive evening as tribute was paid to former England manager Graham Taylor and those affected by the Westminster terror attack, with those at Wembley responding with a dignified display in stark contrast to those who sung offensive chants in Germany. Now, granted, Southgate did switch up his team and approach for each game.
Defoe's team Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League, and the striker, who will be 35 next summer, admitted during the week that he might have to move on if they are relegated.
Jamie Vardy of England is closed down by Ernestas Setkus of Lithuania.
Certainly, amid what is likely to be a crackling atmosphere north of the Border, England will have to have more about them than what was needed to see off Lithuania.
"I think we've got to look every time we get together as to who is in form", Southgate said when asked if the striker was a realistic proposition.
Dele Alli's quick feet earned the hosts a promising free-kick when Arturas Zulpa lunged in but Engand's chosen routine fell flat as Alli flicked Adam Lallana's delivery tamely out of play.
Dier was excellent in possession, finding a team-mate with 100 of his 103 passes at a 97 per cent success rate, and defensively sound.
Defoe's 20th global goal made up for the frustration of having been denied a header at goal just couple of minutes earlier by a timely flick to safety from Vaitkunas.