Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Hemel Hempstead's Harry Winks makes England debut

Hemel Hempstead's Harry Winks makes England debut

Manager Gareth Southgate opted to make seven changes to the side that had cemented their place in Russian Federation by beating Slovakia with the same scoreline a few days earlier.

In a disjointed performance, Dele Alli, back in the side after suspension, won a first-half penalty when he was felled by Ovidijus Verbackas.

If Lithuania had a prolific striker anywhere near Kane's calibre they would certainly have significantly ashamed England as a number of clear possibilities were missed, while goalkeeper Jack Butland spared the blushes of his very own defender Michael Keane when he saved superbly from the defender's miscued clearance after the break.

"With Kane once again set to don the armband for the Three Lions for their upcoming World Cup qualifying fixtures, it's hard to see anyone else fill the vacant spot".

"We have several people that I think can step into that fold now - and that can only benefit us", Southgate said.

Southgate used the clash to shuffle his pack, making seven changes to the team which edged past Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday, fielding two debutants - Harry Winks and Harry Maguire - and switching to a back three. If that's good enough for the English FA, then he should stay in the job.

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They may have topped Group F undefeated, but for the fourth qualifying match in succession Gareth Southgate's side lacked the creative spark that sides such as Germany, Spain and Belgium boast in abundance.

Both Alli and Winks have represented England from Under-17 to Under-21 level before turning out for the senior team.

England managers perceived to have let the country down have been lampooned by the tabloid press and their careers rarely recover from the trauma.

But in fairness to Sturridge, it wasn't exactly warm in the Lithuanian capital at the time. That is the closest England have come. Dele Alli broke into the area and, after Jordan Henderson headed a nice pass from Maguire down, he was rather clumsily taken out by Ovidijus Verbickas.

With that in mind, it was surprising Southgate put another game on the clock of Kane, in particular. Nearly a debut goal for Winks.

Everton's Michael Keane nearly diverted the ball into his own net at the other end, but Lithuania were only threatening sporadically. He is bailed out by Butland who makes a good reactive save. England have some of the most feared, rapid, quick and skilful forwards in world football in Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and wing backs such as Kyle Walker and Danny Rose who are also explosive.

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