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Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Hibernian vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The climax of Scotland's first major domestic trophy is nearing, with the Hoops aiming to take a further step towards yet another title

Brendan Rodgers: 'I'd rather lose playing the Celtic way than sit and defend for 90 minutes and still lose'

In other circumstances, it would be no revelation if Celtic exhibited the symptoms of shell shock as a consequence of their European expeditions. In the space of 15 months they have endured defeat by the most minuscule opponents they have faced at this level – Lincoln Red Imps – along with their worst European loss, a 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, and their heaviest home reverse, a 5-0 beating by Paris St-Germain. Their latest pounding was administered by Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, when the 3-0 score belied a contest that easily could have finished with the Bundesliga side ahead by double that margin. Brendan Rodgers and his players, however, are able to sustain such wounds without the legacy of disfiguring scar tissue because of their bipolar existence. If they prevail against Hibernian in the Betfred Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Saturday, the Hoops will record their 60th successive unbeaten domestic fixture, a sequence that has included half-a-dozen wins over Rangers, including two 5-1 drubbings, the second of which set a record for a Celtic victory at Ibrox. The accumulation of home comforts includes the three Scottish honours but, despite total command of their native domain, Celtic are cast in the role of impoverished neighbours compared to Champions League powers such as Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich. It is not impossible for them to get beyond the group stage, as Gordon Strachan and Neil Lennon proved during their time in charge in the east end of Glasgow, but the chances of a repeat grow slimmer with every transfer deal priced in hundreds of millions of euros amongst the bloated ‘big five’ nations. Celtic suffered a beating in Bavaria Credit: REUTERS So it was that, while their heroes were chasing shadows against Bayern, the Celtic support kept up a constant stream of choruses in their lofty perch at the Allianz Arena. They were celebrating the simple fact of being present, events on the field notwithstanding. Rodgers, meanwhile, has a refrain of his own, to the effect that his squad are in a constant process of development. The evidence in his favour is that, after the competitive hiatus under his predecessor, Ronny Deila, the Northern Irishman has twice successfully steered his men through half-a-dozen hazardous qualifiers and, thanks to a merited 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, Celtic are favourites to secure third spot in Group B and a place in the Europa League, where the demands are likely to be more congenial. It was this context which allowed Rodgers to be bullish in the aftermath of Wednesday’s defeat, despite the decision not to alter his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, even when it meant a match-up with a Bayern side who were better equipped in every position – and who had been incited to demonstrate the mismatch by Jupp Heyncke’s return for a third spell in charge. The concession of three cheap goals and the narrow avoidance of greater damage prompted charges of naivety or presumption directed towards Rodgers but his retort was that his defenders were below par and that, if defeat was always the probable outcome, he would rather supervise an expansive game than a protective huddle. Bendan Rodgers watches his team take a beating Credit: REUTERS “I’d rather lose playing how we want to play and how we want to work, as opposed to sit in and defending for 90 minutes and still lose if that’s the case,” he said. Of course, the proposition can be advanced that if Celtic had concentrated on closing available space in their own half, thus narrowing the percentages in Bayern’s favour, they would have created the circumstances which can produce menacing counterattacks. Rodgers bridled somewhat when it was suggested that he could have been more pragmatic. “There was nothing about being pragmatic for the goals we conceded. We didn’t defend our box well enough from crosses coming in – we can do better with those,” he said. Celtic’s destiny in the group is unlikely to be affected by Bayern’s Halloween visit to Glasgow, but they will be expected to make a better fist of it on their own turf. Asked if he believed that he and his team-mates had the capacity to hurt Heynckes’s players at home, goalkeeper Craig Gordon said: “We are going to try but it is a big task. “They have got some world-class players and they will be looking to go quite far into this competition and try to win it. It was always going to be difficult. There are better teams than us who will be beaten 3-0 in Munich.” That may be true, but another drubbing at home, such as was inflicted by PSG, would be markedly less palatable. Pragmatism is not usually romantic but, against manifestly superior opponents, it need not be shorn of virtue.

Brendan Rodgers: 'I'd rather lose playing the Celtic way than sit and defend for 90 minutes and still lose'

In other circumstances, it would be no revelation if Celtic exhibited the symptoms of shell shock as a consequence of their European expeditions. In the space of 15 months they have endured defeat by the most minuscule opponents they have faced at this level – Lincoln Red Imps – along with their worst European loss, a 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, and their heaviest home reverse, a 5-0 beating by Paris St-Germain. Their latest pounding was administered by Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, when the 3-0 score belied a contest that easily could have finished with the Bundesliga side ahead by double that margin. Brendan Rodgers and his players, however, are able to sustain such wounds without the legacy of disfiguring scar tissue because of their bipolar existence. If they prevail against Hibernian in the Betfred Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Saturday, the Hoops will record their 60th successive unbeaten domestic fixture, a sequence that has included half-a-dozen wins over Rangers, including two 5-1 drubbings, the second of which set a record for a Celtic victory at Ibrox. The accumulation of home comforts includes the three Scottish honours but, despite total command of their native domain, Celtic are cast in the role of impoverished neighbours compared to Champions League powers such as Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich. It is not impossible for them to get beyond the group stage, as Gordon Strachan and Neil Lennon proved during their time in charge in the east end of Glasgow, but the chances of a repeat grow slimmer with every transfer deal priced in hundreds of millions of euros amongst the bloated ‘big five’ nations. Celtic suffered a beating in Bavaria Credit: REUTERS So it was that, while their heroes were chasing shadows against Bayern, the Celtic support kept up a constant stream of choruses in their lofty perch at the Allianz Arena. They were celebrating the simple fact of being present, events on the field notwithstanding. Rodgers, meanwhile, has a refrain of his own, to the effect that his squad are in a constant process of development. The evidence in his favour is that, after the competitive hiatus under his predecessor, Ronny Deila, the Northern Irishman has twice successfully steered his men through half-a-dozen hazardous qualifiers and, thanks to a merited 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, Celtic are favourites to secure third spot in Group B and a place in the Europa League, where the demands are likely to be more congenial. It was this context which allowed Rodgers to be bullish in the aftermath of Wednesday’s defeat, despite the decision not to alter his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, even when it meant a match-up with a Bayern side who were better equipped in every position – and who had been incited to demonstrate the mismatch by Jupp Heyncke’s return for a third spell in charge. The concession of three cheap goals and the narrow avoidance of greater damage prompted charges of naivety or presumption directed towards Rodgers but his retort was that his defenders were below par and that, if defeat was always the probable outcome, he would rather supervise an expansive game than a protective huddle. Bendan Rodgers watches his team take a beating Credit: REUTERS “I’d rather lose playing how we want to play and how we want to work, as opposed to sit in and defending for 90 minutes and still lose if that’s the case,” he said. Of course, the proposition can be advanced that if Celtic had concentrated on closing available space in their own half, thus narrowing the percentages in Bayern’s favour, they would have created the circumstances which can produce menacing counterattacks. Rodgers bridled somewhat when it was suggested that he could have been more pragmatic. “There was nothing about being pragmatic for the goals we conceded. We didn’t defend our box well enough from crosses coming in – we can do better with those,” he said. Celtic’s destiny in the group is unlikely to be affected by Bayern’s Halloween visit to Glasgow, but they will be expected to make a better fist of it on their own turf. Asked if he believed that he and his team-mates had the capacity to hurt Heynckes’s players at home, goalkeeper Craig Gordon said: “We are going to try but it is a big task. “They have got some world-class players and they will be looking to go quite far into this competition and try to win it. It was always going to be difficult. There are better teams than us who will be beaten 3-0 in Munich.” That may be true, but another drubbing at home, such as was inflicted by PSG, would be markedly less palatable. Pragmatism is not usually romantic but, against manifestly superior opponents, it need not be shorn of virtue.

Brendan Rodgers: 'I'd rather lose playing the Celtic way than sit and defend for 90 minutes and still lose'

In other circumstances, it would be no revelation if Celtic exhibited the symptoms of shell shock as a consequence of their European expeditions. In the space of 15 months they have endured defeat by the most minuscule opponents they have faced at this level – Lincoln Red Imps – along with their worst European loss, a 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, and their heaviest home reverse, a 5-0 beating by Paris St-Germain. Their latest pounding was administered by Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, when the 3-0 score belied a contest that easily could have finished with the Bundesliga side ahead by double that margin. Brendan Rodgers and his players, however, are able to sustain such wounds without the legacy of disfiguring scar tissue because of their bipolar existence. If they prevail against Hibernian in the Betfred Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Saturday, the Hoops will record their 60th successive unbeaten domestic fixture, a sequence that has included half-a-dozen wins over Rangers, including two 5-1 drubbings, the second of which set a record for a Celtic victory at Ibrox. The accumulation of home comforts includes the three Scottish honours but, despite total command of their native domain, Celtic are cast in the role of impoverished neighbours compared to Champions League powers such as Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich. It is not impossible for them to get beyond the group stage, as Gordon Strachan and Neil Lennon proved during their time in charge in the east end of Glasgow, but the chances of a repeat grow slimmer with every transfer deal priced in hundreds of millions of euros amongst the bloated ‘big five’ nations. Celtic suffered a beating in Bavaria Credit: REUTERS So it was that, while their heroes were chasing shadows against Bayern, the Celtic support kept up a constant stream of choruses in their lofty perch at the Allianz Arena. They were celebrating the simple fact of being present, events on the field notwithstanding. Rodgers, meanwhile, has a refrain of his own, to the effect that his squad are in a constant process of development. The evidence in his favour is that, after the competitive hiatus under his predecessor, Ronny Deila, the Northern Irishman has twice successfully steered his men through half-a-dozen hazardous qualifiers and, thanks to a merited 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, Celtic are favourites to secure third spot in Group B and a place in the Europa League, where the demands are likely to be more congenial. It was this context which allowed Rodgers to be bullish in the aftermath of Wednesday’s defeat, despite the decision not to alter his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, even when it meant a match-up with a Bayern side who were better equipped in every position – and who had been incited to demonstrate the mismatch by Jupp Heyncke’s return for a third spell in charge. The concession of three cheap goals and the narrow avoidance of greater damage prompted charges of naivety or presumption directed towards Rodgers but his retort was that his defenders were below par and that, if defeat was always the probable outcome, he would rather supervise an expansive game than a protective huddle. Bendan Rodgers watches his team take a beating Credit: REUTERS “I’d rather lose playing how we want to play and how we want to work, as opposed to sit in and defending for 90 minutes and still lose if that’s the case,” he said. Of course, the proposition can be advanced that if Celtic had concentrated on closing available space in their own half, thus narrowing the percentages in Bayern’s favour, they would have created the circumstances which can produce menacing counterattacks. Rodgers bridled somewhat when it was suggested that he could have been more pragmatic. “There was nothing about being pragmatic for the goals we conceded. We didn’t defend our box well enough from crosses coming in – we can do better with those,” he said. Celtic’s destiny in the group is unlikely to be affected by Bayern’s Halloween visit to Glasgow, but they will be expected to make a better fist of it on their own turf. Asked if he believed that he and his team-mates had the capacity to hurt Heynckes’s players at home, goalkeeper Craig Gordon said: “We are going to try but it is a big task. “They have got some world-class players and they will be looking to go quite far into this competition and try to win it. It was always going to be difficult. There are better teams than us who will be beaten 3-0 in Munich.” That may be true, but another drubbing at home, such as was inflicted by PSG, would be markedly less palatable. Pragmatism is not usually romantic but, against manifestly superior opponents, it need not be shorn of virtue.

Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

A weekend shuffle almost became a stumble for Celtic, but they have not forsaken the prospect of taking a significant stride this week towards European football involvement beyond Christmas. In the league game that preceded the recent international break, the Scottish Premiership leaders were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hibernian, whose manager, Neil Lennon, felt that his former team tended to be leggy after a Champions League trip. On Saturday, Celtic’s performance against Dundee at Parkhead was again notably short of their best but in this instance, it was the consequence of advance planning for a Champions League expedition. Mindful of the meeting with Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, Brendan Rodgers riffled through his playing pack to make seven changes from the Hibs game but had enough in his hand to come away with a 1-0 win, thanks to an alert strike from Olivier Ntcham on the hour mark. If Ntcham was the man whose low drive from beyond the edge of the box beat Scott Bain for the winner, it was Dorus de Vries who secured Celtic’s 59th successive unbeaten domestic fixture with a trio of crucial saves in the second half. The Dutch goalkeeper had not made a first team appearance since Celtic’s 6-1 rout of Kilmarnock on Sept 24 last year. Although he kept his place despite having to pick the ball from his net seven times during a Champions League battering by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, De Vries was beaten by a strike from more than 40 yards by Souleymane Coulibaye in the Kilmarnock game and was replaced by Craig Gordon, who retained the No 1 position until rested on Saturday. The Dutch keeper had to deal with threats much closer to his line against Dundee, but his spectacular saves from Paul McGowan, Roarie Deacon and Faissal El-Bakhtaoui preserved Celtic’s long undefeated sequence and drew gratifying applause from the crowd, plus enforced appreciation from Dundee's Paul McGowan. Dorus De Vries impressed on his return to the Celtic starting line-up  Credit:  PA “I couldn’t believe the save De Vries made from me,” said McGowan, “I didn’t catch it great but I put it where I wanted it to go and he just clawed it out. He’s not even been playing, so fair play to him. “It was definitely a chance missed. I can’t remember the last team going there and having such chances with the run Celtic are on. “The gaffer wants us to play and I love it. It’s the way to play. Yes, we are going to get caught in possession now and again and you can say it’s a bit iffy at times, but it worked for us at Celtic. They might not have been at full strength, but we gave them a game and they can count themselves lucky to win.” As for Ntcham, his winner added to the confidence gained from his contribution to Celtic’s 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Brussels, when he started poorly but recovered to set up two of his team’s goals. The French midfielder praised his colleague, Scott Brown, for cajoling him into improvement. “There have been times when things have not been so good, maybe when I have not felt so comfortable, and he encourages me to keep going,” Ntcham said. That was what it was like against Anderlecht. Does he say it nicely? Well, you know what it’s like on the pitch.”. Who will win the Champions League? As Celtic draw breath before heading for Germany on Tuesday, Scotland will embark upon their search for a successor to Gordon Strachan, whose tenure as international manager came to an end on Thursday after four years. Already, however, Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out despite being amongst the early runners in the bookies’ odds. The former England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme that, despite having Scottish family connections, it was not a position which appealed to him. “At this moment in time I would be very picky and choosy about any potential managerial jobs if I was to go back in, so that makes it very difficult,” the former England manager said. “You never know what might come up, but if it is something where I could bring a lot of success then I could be interested. It's very tempting but not at this moment in time. “My parents and sister were all born in Scotland, I have heritage from there. I'm enjoying not being involved at the front end of football at the moment. David Moyes would probably be my choice for the Scotland job.” Moyes, though, has also distanced himself from the vacant position, saying that his preference would be a return to club management. Malky Mackay, meanwhile, will take charge of Scotland on an interim basis for the visit of the Netherlands to Pittodrie for a friendly on Nov 9.

Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

A weekend shuffle almost became a stumble for Celtic, but they have not forsaken the prospect of taking a significant stride this week towards European football involvement beyond Christmas. In the league game that preceded the recent international break, the Scottish Premiership leaders were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hibernian, whose manager, Neil Lennon, felt that his former team tended to be leggy after a Champions League trip. On Saturday, Celtic’s performance against Dundee at Parkhead was again notably short of their best but in this instance, it was the consequence of advance planning for a Champions League expedition. Mindful of the meeting with Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, Brendan Rodgers riffled through his playing pack to make seven changes from the Hibs game but had enough in his hand to come away with a 1-0 win, thanks to an alert strike from Olivier Ntcham on the hour mark. If Ntcham was the man whose low drive from beyond the edge of the box beat Scott Bain for the winner, it was Dorus de Vries who secured Celtic’s 59th successive unbeaten domestic fixture with a trio of crucial saves in the second half. The Dutch goalkeeper had not made a first team appearance since Celtic’s 6-1 rout of Kilmarnock on Sept 24 last year. Although he kept his place despite having to pick the ball from his net seven times during a Champions League battering by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, De Vries was beaten by a strike from more than 40 yards by Souleymane Coulibaye in the Kilmarnock game and was replaced by Craig Gordon, who retained the No 1 position until rested on Saturday. The Dutch keeper had to deal with threats much closer to his line against Dundee, but his spectacular saves from Paul McGowan, Roarie Deacon and Faissal El-Bakhtaoui preserved Celtic’s long undefeated sequence and drew gratifying applause from the crowd, plus enforced appreciation from Dundee's Paul McGowan. Dorus De Vries impressed on his return to the Celtic starting line-up  Credit:  PA “I couldn’t believe the save De Vries made from me,” said McGowan, “I didn’t catch it great but I put it where I wanted it to go and he just clawed it out. He’s not even been playing, so fair play to him. “It was definitely a chance missed. I can’t remember the last team going there and having such chances with the run Celtic are on. “The gaffer wants us to play and I love it. It’s the way to play. Yes, we are going to get caught in possession now and again and you can say it’s a bit iffy at times, but it worked for us at Celtic. They might not have been at full strength, but we gave them a game and they can count themselves lucky to win.” As for Ntcham, his winner added to the confidence gained from his contribution to Celtic’s 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Brussels, when he started poorly but recovered to set up two of his team’s goals. The French midfielder praised his colleague, Scott Brown, for cajoling him into improvement. “There have been times when things have not been so good, maybe when I have not felt so comfortable, and he encourages me to keep going,” Ntcham said. That was what it was like against Anderlecht. Does he say it nicely? Well, you know what it’s like on the pitch.”. Who will win the Champions League? As Celtic draw breath before heading for Germany on Tuesday, Scotland will embark upon their search for a successor to Gordon Strachan, whose tenure as international manager came to an end on Thursday after four years. Already, however, Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out despite being amongst the early runners in the bookies’ odds. The former England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme that, despite having Scottish family connections, it was not a position which appealed to him. “At this moment in time I would be very picky and choosy about any potential managerial jobs if I was to go back in, so that makes it very difficult,” the former England manager said. “You never know what might come up, but if it is something where I could bring a lot of success then I could be interested. It's very tempting but not at this moment in time. “My parents and sister were all born in Scotland, I have heritage from there. I'm enjoying not being involved at the front end of football at the moment. David Moyes would probably be my choice for the Scotland job.” Moyes, though, has also distanced himself from the vacant position, saying that his preference would be a return to club management. Malky Mackay, meanwhile, will take charge of Scotland on an interim basis for the visit of the Netherlands to Pittodrie for a friendly on Nov 9.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan must wait as SFA decides his fate

There are no pathologists on the Scottish Football Association board, rather surprisingly, given that Hampden Park rivals Midsomer for frequency of post-mortems. The latest will be conducted on Thursday and will consider the perplexing case of the 10th consecutive failure to qualify for the finals of a major tournament over a span of two decades. The meeting was scheduled as a matter of routine, although the board members nourished the possibility that they would not be required to undertake a debrief of Gordon Strachan’s World Cup campaign until after the play-offs next month. That fond hope was dashed by the brace of goals scored by Roman Bezjak for Slovenia in Sunday’s 2-2 draw in Ljubljana which put an end to both countries’ hopes of progress. Strachan’s current contract ends next month – again, an allowance was made for the possibility of participation in the play-offs – but he has not indicated a desire to depart after the latest disappointment. Stewart Regan, the SFA chief executive, has had a preliminary discussion with Strachan and has stated that there will be “no knee-jerk reaction” nor “a stopwatch ticking on the decision.” The manager, meanwhile, has not headed for his property in La Manga, a welcome bolthole after periods of intense activity. Instead, he has busied himself with matters relating to the Strachan Football Foundation, of which he is a director. The immediate aftermath of Sunday’s qualifier was effectively a preview of the board’s discussion points, with reaction splitting into predictable camps. On the one side are those who believe that Strachan’s loyalty to certain players mutates into obstinacy, especially when alternatives are promoted by the media, most recently in the cases of Callum McGregor of Celtic and Hibernian’s John McGinn. Scotland fell just short of reaching the World Cup play-offs The charge extends to his preference for Chris Martin over Leigh Griffiths in the early stages of the campaign, which generated prejudice within the ranks of the Tartan Army which came to a head when Slovenia visited Hampden in March. Griffiths missed two glorious opportunities in swift succession and when Martin replaced him, with eight minutes left to play, the substitution was jeered loudly. Martin, though, scored the winner with two minutes left to signal the Scots’ revival in the section. Griffiths, it might also be noted, was not an automatic starter for Celtic in the first half of last season, having been displaced by Moussa Dembele and warned by Brendan Rodgers about his lifestyle. It was, in fact, a significant stroke of good fortune for Strachan that Rodgers arrived at Parkhead in the summer of 2016, because the Celtic manager extracted notable performances and effort, not only from Griffiths, but from Scott Brown, Craig Gordon, Stewart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and James Forrest, who became the core of Scotland’s efforts during the resurrection of their hopes in a sequence of four victories and two draws, which took the team to the verge of the play-offs. The enforced absence of Brown and Armstrong in Scotland’s final two qualifiers was manifest, particularly in Slovenia. That said, Strachan’s persistence with the below-par Matt Phillips and James McArthur until the closing stages of Sunday’s contest, was bound to be contentious. On another evening, the achievement of being the only team in Group F to score against the Slovenes on their own soil, would have been ranked as an accomplishment. Instead, failure to secure qualification made the feat all the more painful. Nor did it help Strachan’s case that he moved into realms of fantasy when trying to explain the mundane fact that his team selection and tactics had been dictated in part because of a lack of height in his squad. By expostulating about genetics and – even more bizarrely – appearing to propose a breeding programme involving the nation’s taller women being persuaded to lie back and think of Scotland, he opened the floodgates of ridicule. Acres of newsprint and masses of megabytes of social media were devoted to satire and scorn. With one’s ears to the ground – in which respect Scots have an advantage, being rather nearer to it than most other nations – it seems that Strachan is not for walking. Whether or not a plank will be provided for him to traverse, we must wait to discover.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan must wait as SFA decides his fate

There are no pathologists on the Scottish Football Association board, rather surprisingly, given that Hampden Park rivals Midsomer for frequency of post-mortems. The latest will be conducted on Thursday and will consider the perplexing case of the 10th consecutive failure to qualify for the finals of a major tournament over a span of two decades. The meeting was scheduled as a matter of routine, although the board members nourished the possibility that they would not be required to undertake a debrief of Gordon Strachan’s World Cup campaign until after the play-offs next month. That fond hope was dashed by the brace of goals scored by Roman Bezjak for Slovenia in Sunday’s 2-2 draw in Ljubljana which put an end to both countries’ hopes of progress. Strachan’s current contract ends next month – again, an allowance was made for the possibility of participation in the play-offs – but he has not indicated a desire to depart after the latest disappointment. Stewart Regan, the SFA chief executive, has had a preliminary discussion with Strachan and has stated that there will be “no knee-jerk reaction” nor “a stopwatch ticking on the decision.” The manager, meanwhile, has not headed for his property in La Manga, a welcome bolthole after periods of intense activity. Instead, he has busied himself with matters relating to the Strachan Football Foundation, of which he is a director. The immediate aftermath of Sunday’s qualifier was effectively a preview of the board’s discussion points, with reaction splitting into predictable camps. On the one side are those who believe that Strachan’s loyalty to certain players mutates into obstinacy, especially when alternatives are promoted by the media, most recently in the cases of Callum McGregor of Celtic and Hibernian’s John McGinn. Scotland fell just short of reaching the World Cup play-offs The charge extends to his preference for Chris Martin over Leigh Griffiths in the early stages of the campaign, which generated prejudice within the ranks of the Tartan Army which came to a head when Slovenia visited Hampden in March. Griffiths missed two glorious opportunities in swift succession and when Martin replaced him, with eight minutes left to play, the substitution was jeered loudly. Martin, though, scored the winner with two minutes left to signal the Scots’ revival in the section. Griffiths, it might also be noted, was not an automatic starter for Celtic in the first half of last season, having been displaced by Moussa Dembele and warned by Brendan Rodgers about his lifestyle. It was, in fact, a significant stroke of good fortune for Strachan that Rodgers arrived at Parkhead in the summer of 2016, because the Celtic manager extracted notable performances and effort, not only from Griffiths, but from Scott Brown, Craig Gordon, Stewart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and James Forrest, who became the core of Scotland’s efforts during the resurrection of their hopes in a sequence of four victories and two draws, which took the team to the verge of the play-offs. The enforced absence of Brown and Armstrong in Scotland’s final two qualifiers was manifest, particularly in Slovenia. That said, Strachan’s persistence with the below-par Matt Phillips and James McArthur until the closing stages of Sunday’s contest, was bound to be contentious. On another evening, the achievement of being the only team in Group F to score against the Slovenes on their own soil, would have been ranked as an accomplishment. Instead, failure to secure qualification made the feat all the more painful. Nor did it help Strachan’s case that he moved into realms of fantasy when trying to explain the mundane fact that his team selection and tactics had been dictated in part because of a lack of height in his squad. By expostulating about genetics and – even more bizarrely – appearing to propose a breeding programme involving the nation’s taller women being persuaded to lie back and think of Scotland, he opened the floodgates of ridicule. Acres of newsprint and masses of megabytes of social media were devoted to satire and scorn. With one’s ears to the ground – in which respect Scots have an advantage, being rather nearer to it than most other nations – it seems that Strachan is not for walking. Whether or not a plank will be provided for him to traverse, we must wait to discover.

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane scores penalty in yet another dreary display by Southgate's strugglers

Supporters walking out in Malta, paper airplanes at Wembley and, here, an ironic chant of “it’s just like watching Brazil”. It really wasn’t. But this is England 2017. They are at next summer’s World Cup, and finished their qualification campaign with another victory over Lithuania but this was all about the performance and not the points. And in that England were not winners. They have to, they just have to, play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring. If Lithuania had Harry Kane they would have won. It was that damning for England. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the England captaincy. Four times the striker has led his country, each time he has scored, becoming the first England player ever to do so. Spot bonus: Harry Kane scored a penalty Credit: Getty But then we always knew that Kane is not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available. They are the issues. This was almost as lacklustre as last Thursday when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup. Kane scored in that match too, of course. Thursday was about a result. This was about a performance. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing there are signs of encouragement. To be blunt, those were hard to detect. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters Harry Winks made his debut, along with Harry Maguire, in seven changes and is certainly worth persevering with. But others need to take a hard look at themselves, and not least the man alongside Winks in central midfield, the most experienced player on the pitch for England: Jordan Henderson. He was poor. This was the youngest England team to take to the pitch for 15 years – average age 23.7 years – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that. This team is young and relatively inexperienced, with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney. It was also the first time in a decade that England had started a competitive fixture with three at the back and while that is worth persevering with it has to have full-backs who want to be wing-backs. It has to be braver and more aggressive. At times, against such limited opposition, England played a back-five – and still conceded good chances. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Where there was hope, before that also frittered out, was with the front three which, ironically, included two of the youngest players in Marcus Rashford – 19 until the end of this month – and 21-year-old Dele Alli. Alli was recalled after his one-match suspension for his raised finger gesture and it was he who earned England their first-half penalty. It was a soft concession, a marginal call. That incident also involved a rare positive contribution from Henderson, who headed the ball down into Alli’s path before he was caught by Linas Klimavicius, tumbling over. Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his last six games and, also, his 15th in his last 10 matches for club and country. That is some form. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters England should have scored before they did. Maguire’s attempted header to meet Aaron Cresswell’s cross saw him miss the ball after it took a slight deflection, but then he slipped.  At the other end, John Stones was slow to react, Darvydas Sernas was not, and he improvised a back-heel volley as he met Vytautas Andriuskevicius’s low ball into the penalty area. He stabbed it just past the post and into the side-netting. There were other first-half chances with the ball breaking to Michael Keane on the edge of the Lithuanian area, after a mix-up, but he fired narrowly wide and then Rashford took the ball to the by-line, dragged it back, cut inside another defender and curled a left foot shot that was pushed out by goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus. Mac attack: the England faitthful Credit: PA Into the second-half quick feet from Winks saw him force an even better save by Setkus as he pushed out a rising shot. It was then down to Jack Butland to save England as Lithuania broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych, who whipped in a cross that a panicky Keane cut out before it reached Sernas behind him only to send the ball goalwards. Butland reacted sharply to turn it away for a corner. It got worse. There was another failure to clear the ball properly, involving Stones and Cresswell, and it was back-heeled into Sernas’ path by Vykintas Slivka. With a sight of goal he blazed wildly over. It was better from Cresswell at the other end as he stole in to meet Henderson’s deep cross but his header was pushed over the bar by Setkus. Alli – who faded – and Rashford were withdrawn with substitute Daniel Sturridge fluffing a couple of chances and having a goal-bound shot blocked but it was Lithuania who should have scored when substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear. He shot early and straight at Butland who collected it easily. If only England had created such chances for Kane. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane delivers again in yet another dreary display for Gareth Southgate's strugglers

Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane team” but his phrase is far more ­applicable to another side who play in white. Where would England be without Kane? It is no stretch to say that if he had been born in Lithuania and not London then they might well not have won their final World Cup qualifier. It was that damning. The hosts had enough chances and the striker would have taken at least one of them. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the captaincy. Four times he has led his country, each time Kane has scored, becoming the first player ever to do so, with his first-half penalty proving decisive. But then we always knew that Kane was not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available, especially in midfield. There are the issues. This was as lacklustre as last Thursday, given the modesty of the opposition, when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup at the head of Group F – with another Kane goal, of course, that night.  Subbed par: Dele Alli had an indifferent match and was subbed off by Southgate Credit: PA Here the result really did not matter. This was about that performance not points. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing that there are signs for ­encouragement and, frankly, it was a loss in that regard. Those signs were not there. There are issues for the manager, also. It cries out louder and louder: what is his plan? What does he want from his England team? They are slow, painfully so, and lacking in courage on the ball. Southgate spoke about being “a fraction off” but it was a gulf. The plastic pitch did not help but that excuse only goes so far. What has Lionel Messi ever won for Argentina? 38:05 Supporters walking out in Malta, paper aeroplanes at Wembley and, against Lithuania, an ironic chant of “It’s just like watching Brazil”. It really was not. But this is England 2017. They have to play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring, although the travelling fans, despite the football, despite being exposed to the cold and pouring rain, wrapping themselves in ponchos, stayed behind their even soggier team. This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that, plus the fact Southgate made seven changes. Young and, also, relatively inexperienced with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney, alone, amassed during his international career. It was also the first time in over a decade, since the Steve McClaren debacle away to Croatia, that England had started a competitive fixture with “three at the back”, and while that is definitely worth persevering with, it has to be with full-backs who want to be wing-backs against opposition such as this. It has to be far braver and much more aggressive. At times, England played a back five – and still conceded good chances. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters There were three full debuts – Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire and Harry Winks and it was Winks, another Spurs player, who was the pick, and maybe England’s best player. At least the 21-year-old tried to fill the creative void and ­attempted to pass the ball forward and he almost scored in the second-half when his quick feet created space only for goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus to push his shot over. There has to be hope, also, in a front three of Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, but it was so disappointing that they started well and then faded. Rashford showed flashes, Alli won the penalty but was poor, which is a growing worry now, and Kane persevered but had so little service. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Alongside Winks, this was another concerning performance from Jordan Henderson, whose passing was simply not good enough. Yet Henderson, also, was involved in the penalty award as he headed the ball into the area for Alli to collect before he was challenged by Linas Klimavicius and tumbled over. The spot-kick was given when it probably should not and Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his past six games, his 15th in his past 10 matches for club and country and his 43rd in 37 appearances in 2017. Only four of those have been penalties. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters Southgate had spoken about England not having “big players”, meaning players who had won things, but Kane deserves to be categorised as one for those phenomenal numbers alone. There were some chances. Maguire missed the ball with an attempted close-range header, Michael Keane shot wide, Rashford cut back and forced a fine save from Setkus who also did well to divert a Cresswell header over the cross-bar. Late on, there was a flurry of opportunities for substitute Daniel Sturridge which he wasted or had blocked. But that was it. Against that, Lithuania, whose only win in their qualification campaign, from 10 matches, was against Malta, went close, with striker Darvydas Sernas unfortunate when his clever, improvised back-heeled volley flew just past the post and into the side-netting as he stole in front of a dozing John Stones.  Mac attack: the England faithful Credit: PA But, after that, Sernas snatched at openings, blazing over on a couple of occasions before, after he was replaced, substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear but shot early and straight at goalkeeper Jack Butland. Lithuania, though, went closest when they broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych who whipped in a cross that Keane cut out before it reached Sernas only to fire in an inadvertent shot with Butland reacting to turn it away. So, England won. This was their last competitive game before the World Cup. They have a lot of work to do. They cannot be the Harry Kane team, no matter how good he is. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

Lithuania 0 England 1: Harry Kane scores penalty in yet another dreary display by Southgate's strugglers

Supporters walking out in Malta, paper airplanes at Wembley and, here, an ironic chant of “it’s just like watching Brazil”. It really wasn’t. But this is England 2017. They are at next summer’s World Cup, and finished their qualification campaign with another victory over Lithuania but this was all about the performance and not the points. And in that England were not winners. They have to, they just have to, play better than this. It is, quite frankly, boring. If Lithuania had Harry Kane they would have won. It was that damning for England. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Kane is not weighed down by the England captaincy. Four times the striker has led his country, each time he has scored, becoming the first England player ever to do so. Spot bonus: Harry Kane scored a penalty Credit: Getty But then we always knew that Kane is not the problem. The heaviness of the England shirt, the fear of playing for the Three Lions, the lack of big players – as manager Gareth Southgate said – and the dearth of talent available. They are the issues. This was almost as lacklustre as last Thursday when England stumbled to victory over Slovenia to seal their qualification for next summer’s World Cup. Kane scored in that match too, of course. Thursday was about a result. This was about a performance. This was about players showing they deserve to go to Russia and about Southgate showing there are signs of encouragement. To be blunt, those were hard to detect. First timer: Harry Winks made his debut Credit: Action Images via Reuters Harry Winks made his debut, along with Harry Maguire, in seven changes and is certainly worth persevering with. But others need to take a hard look at themselves, and not least the man alongside Winks in central midfield, the most experienced player on the pitch for England: Jordan Henderson. He was poor. This was the youngest England team to take to the pitch for 15 years – average age 23.7 years – and there is a sliver of mitigation in that. This team is young and relatively inexperienced, with 120 caps between them before kick-off – only one more than Wayne Rooney. It was also the first time in a decade that England had started a competitive fixture with three at the back and while that is worth persevering with it has to have full-backs who want to be wing-backs. It has to be braver and more aggressive. At times, against such limited opposition, England played a back-five – and still conceded good chances. Young gun: Marcus Rashford is already an international regular at just 19 Credit: Getty Where there was hope, before that also frittered out, was with the front three which, ironically, included two of the youngest players in Marcus Rashford – 19 until the end of this month – and 21-year-old Dele Alli. Alli was recalled after his one-match suspension for his raised finger gesture and it was he who earned England their first-half penalty. It was a soft concession, a marginal call. That incident also involved a rare positive contribution from Henderson, who headed the ball down into Alli’s path before he was caught by Linas Klimavicius, tumbling over. Kane steered a low right-foot penalty that struck the post and rebounded into the net. It was his 12th goal for England in 23 appearances – his seventh in his last six games and, also, his 15th in his last 10 matches for club and country. That is some form. That England feeling: penalty aside, it was a typically frustrating evening for Harry Kane and his team Credit: Action Images via Reuters England should have scored before they did. Maguire’s attempted header to meet Aaron Cresswell’s cross saw him miss the ball after it took a slight deflection, but then he slipped.  At the other end, John Stones was slow to react, Darvydas Sernas was not, and he improvised a back-heel volley as he met Vytautas Andriuskevicius’s low ball into the penalty area. He stabbed it just past the post and into the side-netting. There were other first-half chances with the ball breaking to Michael Keane on the edge of the Lithuanian area, after a mix-up, but he fired narrowly wide and then Rashford took the ball to the by-line, dragged it back, cut inside another defender and curled a left foot shot that was pushed out by goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus. Mac attack: the England faitthful Credit: PA Into the second-half quick feet from Winks saw him force an even better save by Setkus as he pushed out a rising shot. It was then down to Jack Butland to save England as Lithuania broke down their right through Fiodor Cernych, who whipped in a cross that a panicky Keane cut out before it reached Sernas behind him only to send the ball goalwards. Butland reacted sharply to turn it away for a corner. It got worse. There was another failure to clear the ball properly, involving Stones and Cresswell, and it was back-heeled into Sernas’ path by Vykintas Slivka. With a sight of goal he blazed wildly over. It was better from Cresswell at the other end as he stole in to meet Henderson’s deep cross but his header was pushed over the bar by Setkus. Alli – who faded – and Rashford were withdrawn with substitute Daniel Sturridge fluffing a couple of chances and having a goal-bound shot blocked but it was Lithuania who should have scored when substitute Deivydas Matulevicius, the Hibernian striker, was put clear. He shot early and straight at Butland who collected it easily. If only England had created such chances for Kane. 6:50PM Full time: Lithuania 0 England 1 That's the end of that. The scoreline very much reflecting the performance/action. I don't think I can really face a lengthy debrief. England were alright, same as they always are.  They're going to the World Cup, and that's the main thing. Jason Burt's match report here ASAP. Cheers. 6:47PM 90+ mins Slivka off. Chvedukas is the man to come on. Ball slung into the England box... but way over. And that's the end of that. 6:47PM 90 mins A chance for Sturridge! The ball's played across, Sturridge lashes it. Blocked. Corner. played in looking for and England man... Stones foul. 6:44PM SCOTLAND have equalised just to gather a bit of altitude before the inevitable crushing disappointment meaning that they have about 2 minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner. 6:43PM 85 mins Chance for Lithuania!  And it's big  Deivydas Matulevičius! The Hibee bursts through onto a flick-on, and... hits his shot straight at the keeper. Like, he could hardly have hit it more accurately into Jack Butland's arms if he had been trying to dink it into a bucket at a funfair.  Clive T is all "he's played 36 times for Lithuania, guess how many he has scored in his last 20? That's right, none." Yeah? Well how many goals have YOU scored for Lithuania, Tyldesley. Lay off our boy, eh? 6:39PM 83 mins England can most likely look forward to ten minutes of pumpage now, the price they pay for not having put these back in their box in the first hour. Long bomb into the area. 6:38PM 82 mins Sturridge. Control. Shimmy. Shot wide. 6:36PM 80 mins Alli comes off. Slowly. Not his best game. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him. 6:36PM 79 mins England looking for that second. Alli and Kane trying to link but the crispness of their club play is a distant memory once they're in the old Three Lions.  6:33PM 75 mins HIBS HAVE A SECOND PLAYER ON!!! It's the striker Matulevicius, who replaces Sernas. 6:32PM 74 mins Alli has had a couple of moments just now, a run and a bit of skill, a nice towering header back across that needed a touch. 6:31PM 73 mins Ah shame. Poor Scotland. They're now 2-1 down and it's surely all over bar the shouting for their World Cup hopes. 6:28PM 70 mins Harry Kane with a run and shot, it's deflected. Wide. All this game needs now for a bingo is for England to score a streaky second. Sturridge comes off, it's Rashford who makes way. 6:26PM 67 mins That's close! Henderson crosses from the right, Cresswell works the keeper with a header. Decent save, that. 6:25PM Oh god Slovenia have equalised against Scotland. Gordon Strachan's side will miss out on the play-offs as it stands https://t.co/lTnACRH3wFpic.twitter.com/Gmp4VZC8qY— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 6:21PM 63 mins Del Al with a bit of business on the edge of the box, he fires a shot over. 6:19PM 61 mins Sernas links up well Slivka, the Hibernian man with a very nice little lay-off to Sernas the number 10. He cracks  shot at goal, but he hasn't got that right. Looks a useful player, but finishing the weakness. England's fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia's equaliser - not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 8, 2017 6:18PM 60 mins England put together a move, it lacks a little cutting edge, I feel like doing the rest of this in haiku. 6:15PM 56 mins It's with regret/a crushing sense of inevitability that I must report that Scotland have conceded. They gave away a silly freekick, didn't defend it properly and Slovenia are level. 6:12PM 55 mins England's best moment of the match! They get caught on the break, the cross comes in from the right by a Lithuanian feller. And here's Keane. Running back, he meets the ball first time, this is going to be one of the great own goals. He's caught it just perfect, guiding it into the bottom corner... but Butland makes a wonderful save! Well done everyone. 6:10PM 52 mins Winks! Good skills on the edge of the area, twisting and turning, shoots. Easy get. 6:07PM 50 mins Sernas gets and turns, shoots, but it's well over. 6:05PM 48 mins Chance for Lithuania to get it down the wing, Novikovas on the charge, but he loses control.  England now. Trippier with a handy cross in, but well cut out. 6:01PM 46 mins England, who made no personnel changes at the half, start with the ball. 6:01PM Players back out Let's play football! Or something like it anyhow. 5:49PM Half time: Lithuania 0 England 0 It's like any other England qualifier. The Three Lions have been neither impressive nor incisive, but they're good enough to beat this lot all day long. Same old, same old. They settled after the penalty and have had one or two  moments. England's Aaron Cresswell in action with Lithuania's Darvydas Sernas  5:45PM 45 mins Kane stops, looks up, and curls and inviting ball for Creswell, who misses it. With Rashford breaking at pace, England are pressing and looking for their second, but the ref has seen enough for the time being. 5:45PM 44 mins Some nice play from Sernas, who looks to have a bit about him, and he lays it off. England unable to get a tackle in. Weak shot from Cemych dribbles wide. 5:44PM 43 mins Winks with some nice battling to win the ball, and marries that with intelligence to lay it off accurately and briskly. England playing quite well since the goal. 5:43PM 40 mins Alli nice little dart, tries to slip it through to Rashford. He collides with not one but two Lithuanian players. Ouch. No foul. But he needs the physio on. As does the home side's Girdvainis. Both okay. 5:39PM 39 mins Trippier enjoying lots of the ball. Keane is able to get forward and join the attack, encouraging for Gareth Southgate-Badger, he has chosen this formation because it allows the centre halves to get involved. 5:38PM 37 mins Rashford with a neat little tricky run. He cuts in from the right, beats one, beats a second.... but the move flounders. Alli not in much form. Nothing quite working for him. 5:35PM 34 mins  Decent move this from England, Rashford with a nice alert run and precise low cross. Kane! Just wide of the post. Klimavicius, I think, the defender who was pressuring Kane. 5:34PM 32 mins Deep ball in from the right by Winks, the Lithuanian keeper makes a mess of it. It drops for Alli, but it just sort of hits him.  5:33PM SCOTLAND have scored It is of course Leigh Griffiths, what a player that guy is. 5:29PM 29 mins That is five in six for Harry Kane, bless him. Nice bit of play down the right from Lithuania, Novikovas doing some decent work. 5:27PM GOAL! Lithuania 0 England 1  HARRY KANE with a perfect penalty. Right in the corner. Unstoppable. "No goalkeeper in the world could have saved that," says Glenn Hoddle. True dat, Glenda. 5:27PM 26 mins: England win a penalty Alli into the box, mistimed tackle by Verbickas. Clear penalty, no protest no debate. 5:25PM 24 mins Lithuania are pretty sloppy. They make a pig's ear of a clearance and the ball drops kindly for Kane. Rasps a shot wide. 5:24PM 24 mins Creswell has a frekick, England pack the box, chance to sling the ball in. 5:23PM 23 mins Bake-Off's on Channel 4 right now. 5:23PM 22 mins Reprehensible Jordan Henderson has shamefully fouled brave Hibe hero VykintasSlivka. A very minor foul. No danger of a card. 5:22PM 21 mins Alli and Rashford try to dribble their way through.  It's like trying to get a wheelchair through Oxford Circus Victoria line at 5.40pm on a Friday. 5:20PM 19 mins  Lithuania have a corner, it's half cleared, Verbickas has a go.  5:19PM 18 mins Some overpaid pea-heart or other in a white shirt crosses the ball in. There's no England player there. Lithuanian lad in nets gathers it under no pressure. Someone in the crowd's got an air horn 5:18PM 16 mins God it's so boring. This is like one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a third glass of red with your roast, wake up at about half five in front of the telly. Octopussy is on. 5:16PM Beef or salmon? History made in Vilnius tonight, with England defending a small wedding reception for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Wb98KoBuN6— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 8, 2017 5:13PM 12 mins After a Lithuanian defensive error, Winks has a chance to play it to the unmarked Alli at the back of the box. His touch is execrable and he loses the ball. 5:12PM 10 mins Big chance! Lovely ball whipped in from Andriuskevicius, Sernas has got in front of his man and made an excellent contact. It's a foot the wrong side of the post. England opened up there and no mistake! 5:09PM 8 mins Novikovas makes alarmingly easy progress down the England right, seems to have a lot of space. Cuts inside but his shot is a turkey. England players, including Dele Alli (c) warm up for Sunday's match against Lithuania Credit: AFP 5:08PM 7 mins Harry Kane with a speculative, uninspired shot from range.  5:05PM 4 mins Creswell with a nice ball in, Maguire with a free header! Ought to have done better from close range. 5:04PM 3 mins Butland, under pressure, shows good feet to find Creswell, who in turn releases Alli. Nice move. Trippier cannot get the cross past the first man. A corner, though. 5:01PM 1 mins And we're off. There is an early freekick for the hosts. Not really cleared. Novikovas fires over. 5:01PM Vykintas Slivka plays for Hibs my team. Go'orn son. He's wearing 14. And the famous Edinburgh Hibees have another representative tonight, Matulevicius is on the bench. 4:57PM Lithuanian anthem I am very happy to report, is extremely long and features heavy use of the crash cymbals. 4:56PM #no fear "The manager has got to get them playing and playing without fear" @IanWright0 on England pic.twitter.com/Q96ylkw2qp— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 8, 2017 4:56PM Filthy weather! Credit: ITV 4:53PM Gareth Southgate We have looked at what we feel out best system will be. We want to start looking at something different, a 3-4-3. We want to pass the ball better. We have three ball-playing centre backs. Winks is a good passer of the ball, of course it is a bit early for him but we think this is a good game for him. 4:44PM Pressure off tonight, England to hammer these? Wouldn't it be great if they could play with a sense of freedom, grow in the jerseys not shrink?  England must learn to embrace the weight of the international shirt like old rivals Germany - @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/QW9E6yTLug— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 8, 2017 4:39PM Tipping it down Glamorous affair Credit: Action Images via Reuters 4:35PM England line-up like this we reckon Credit: ITV 4:34PM It's Ryan Giggs! Alongside the more regular Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. 4:32PM Jolly Eastern European  folk Credit: ITV 4:30PM Who's on ITV pundit doody, then? Might it be Wayne? 4:26PM Any Lithuanians in? We're trying and failing here to think of famous Lithuanians. That guy at Hearts. Any suggestions? 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of yore #Lithuanian football legends - Tomas #Danilevicius and Marius #Stankevicius. pic.twitter.com/nOjgRoONpf— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:20PM Lithuanian ledges of the day Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2— Lithuania FF (@ltfutbolas) October 8, 2017 4:14PM Those teams, again Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas. England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.  Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) 4:12PM Messages of support flooding in, then England have looked like a team of strangers throughout qualification. So why not actually try fielding a team full of strangers. #Southgatehttps://t.co/Ap0uwyFDjU— Dave Birty (@birtydave) October 8, 2017 Aaron Cresswell isn't even the best left-back at West Ham yet he's starting for England today Bring on the World Cup— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 8, 2017 Can Scotland please win so I can have a backup team for when England scrape the second round with a point against Djibouti— Joe Hullait (@joehullait) October 8, 2017 4:03PM A three-Harry situation then A great days for Harrys everywhere. 4:00PM Seven changes for the not-so-mighty E England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Alli, Rashford, Kane Sounds like a work experience team England are putting out later.— Martin S (@supsterjnr) October 8, 2017 3:58PM Team news coming up no doubt What treats lie in store? 3:54PM Welcome back my friends To the show that never ends: it's the England football team, and they're only about to try and play football YET AGAIN. 3:53PM Our preview What is it? It's the World Cup qualifier between Lithuania and England, who secured their place in Russia with Thursday's 1-0 win over Slovenia.  When is it? On Sunday October 8.  What time is kick-off? 5pm BST.  What TV channel is it on? ITV, with coverage starting at 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and follow live minute-by-minute updates.  Harry Kane celebrates sending England to next summer's World Cup  What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? England have no injury concerns following Thursday's Slovenia win and welcome back the suspended Dele Alli. With World Cup qualification secured though, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to rest the likes of Gary Cahill.  Expected teams: Lithuania (4-2-3-1):  Setkus; Borovskij, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Andriuskevicius; Zulpa, Slivka;  Cernych, Aernas  Novikovas;  Spalvis  England (3-4-3): Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Winks, Bertrand; Alli, Kane, Sturridge  Dele Alli is available again after suspension  The England squad in full:  Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defence: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) Midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Harry Winks (Tottenham) Attack: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool). Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What are they saying? Southgate dismissed the idea that England have "big players" in their squad.   "Well, are they big players until they win?" he asked.  "We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League. "When we are in semi-finals, finals, winning trophies, then I think I think we're big players. Until that point, for me, we have it all to prove. "I am the same as coach, so I don't disassociate myself from that. But we can't consider ourselves big players. "Big players are (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Ramos, (Sergio) Busquets, (Toni) Kroos, (Sami) Khedira, (Manuel) Neuer - I could go on. That's what big players are. "We create a bubble in our country around the league because of the money, because of the profile of it. "We have it to prove. No problem, these guys are hungry to prove it." Man on a mission: A perfect description of Gareth Southgate What are the odds? Lithuania win - 10/1 England win - 1/3 Draw - 4/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? England to win a drab match 2-1. 

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