'Tonight, we go to the World Cup'

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England host Slovenia at Wembley knowing that a win will ensure automatic qualification to next summer's World Cup, but the Three Lions could also earn a ticket to Russian Federation if they draw against Slovenia and away against Lithuania on Sunday (8 October).

Kane himself also spoke at the media conference, adding: "It makes me very proud, growing up as a kid you dream of playing of your country and being captain as well".

Never ones to do things the easy way, even when Ireland's group destiny is in their hands, they'll need a bit of help to make the playoffs.

England's Raheem Sterling (in white) battles for the ball with Slovenia's Bojan Jokic during the Group F qualifier at Wembley Stadium.

Kane, the Premier League's Golden Boot victor for the last two season, has started the season in superb form, scoring 13 goals in all competition in September.

Kane, England captain for the night, bundled in Kyle Walker's cross for his 11th goal in 22 global appearances to finally break down Slovenia's resistance as they looked likely to hold out for a point.

Kane has been in scintillating form for Spurs in recent weeks, scoring 11 goals across all competitions in September, including seven in his previous three outings against West Ham, APOEL Nicosia and Huddersfield.

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"We were out there talking a few times, trying to keep each other going, to keep the pressure on in the second half".

Gareth Southgate: "We would have liked to have played more fluidly and scored more goals".

"Late goals have been key, we knew that they had to win and would come onto us, so we had to change the formation at the end to give ourselves two up front and try and exploit that".

Germany coach Joachim Loew said before his side's game in Belfast that he wants to complete qualifying with 10 wins from 10 games, a feat accomplished previously by only Spain before it won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Germans will play their final game on 8 October.

Croatia host fifth-placed Finland, while Iceland, who made their major tournament debut at Euro 2016, visit Turkey as Ukraine travel to bottom side Kosovo.