Lithuania v England preview: Gareth Southgate set to make changes

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However, Kevin Keegan goes against that theory, believing that Southgate's men can follow in the footsteps of the England side of 1966 providing Harry Kane and Dele Alli stay fit.

Meanwhile, like England, Germany sealed their spot at the finals on Thursday after a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast. We lost a goal early to a phenomenal strike, and the game plan we had in mind went out of the window after a minute and 20 seconds.

"I said we need to have a good look at him, see if he gets the 20 or 30 goals that you were getting - and of course now he is doing that".

"Everyone has their own opinion of where they think we are at".

Southgate believes England, who have conceded just three goals in nine qualifiers, are well served for goalkeeping options ahead of next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"The team have always got my back and I have always got their back".

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Germany will be without influential midfielder Toni Kroos, who has a rib injury, for their final World Cup qualifying match against Azerbaijan at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern today.

Gareth Southgate has announced that Jack Butland will start for England against Lithuania.

"So, perceptions of players and their actual particular skill sets and areas where they are effective is not what's commonly perceived".

In-form striker Harry Kane, who scored the late victor against Slovenia, is keen to play even with games against Real Madrid and Liverpool coming up after the global break.

The clean sheet was England's seventh from nine games and they will be looking to finish the group with eight wins. In some areas, we know where we want to evolve towards.

"We're in a position where there's no way we would dismiss any creative player", said Southgate, whose side conclude their qualifying campaign away to Lithuania on Sunday. By the time he retired, Shilton had represented his country at three World Cups and two European Championships. "We should be proud as a team and as a nation", the Spurs striker said.

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