What Scotland's Late Win Means For Ireland's World Cup Playoff Hopes

Raheem Sterling scoring past Joe Hart

Thursday night's win against Slovenia ensured qualification for the finals in Russian Federation with a match to spare, yet the manner of the 1-0 defeat of Slovenia underlined concerns about the Three Lions.

Nevertheless, the players of the England national team are in brilliant form at the moment, and given that they do not have to lose for the exit, I presume they will cope with the task without difficulty. "That isn't their fault so we have to give them the belief and the backing to achieve".

Scroll down to find out how new Betfair customers can get 20/1 enhanced odds (max bet £1) on England to beat Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night. England is now undefeated in qualifying with six wins and two draws, putting them five points ahead of second-placed Slovakia.

And Tottenham forward Kane, auditioning for the captaincy on a regular basis, did his chances of keeping the armband no harm with a clinical low finish from Kyle Walker's delivery in stoppage time to ensure England will be in Russian Federation next year.

But there was nothing Oblak could do about Kane's late victor, the cross from former Spurs teammate Walker ideal for him to tap in his 14th goal of the season for club and country.

Brazil are likely to field their strongest side as they begin to finish their own preparations for next summer where they are chasing their sixth World Cup success.

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"There are one or two players we'd definitely like to have a look at and it's one of very few games we have now to build towards the World Cup".

"If it was my decision I would give it to him (Kane)", Sherwood said on The Debate. No we're not. They have a squad full of players who have won Champions Leagues and league titles.

"But there will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put in a performance".

England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales are all in World Cup qualifying action over the next four nights with all those countries still harbouring hopes of reaching the finals in Russian Federation next summer.

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.

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