England have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after Harry Kane’s injury time goal helped The Three Lions to a 1-0 victory over Slovenia at Wembley.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill played the full match as England eventually crept passed a stubborn Slovenian outfit.
The first half was a dour affair which saw England start brightly but their attacks out wide were often ended by some physical Slovenian challenges.
The Three Lions should have been punished but both Andraz Sporar and Roman Bezjak failed miserably when given clear sights of goal.
England went close when Marcus Rashford’s cross almost fell nicely for Chelsea defender Cahill in the box while Jordan Henderson’s curling effort was kept out by visiting keeper Jan Oblak. Gareth Southgate’s men’s best chances of the half came from set pieces with Kane seeing his headed effort from a corner kick ruled out for an infringement in the box late on in the half while Rashford and Cahill again went close in injury time as the half ended goalless.
A dull start to the second half saw little goalmouth action until just after the hour when Rashford wasted a wonderful chance to beat Oblak when left one-on-one with the Atletico Madrid keeper. Sterling then saw an effort deflected behind for a corner kick while Kane scuffed a loose ball just wide across goal.
With six minutes left, England keeper Joe Hart had to be alert to reach the ball before Slovenian substitute Tim Matavz with the player having been left with a clear run on goal.
Six minutes of injury time saw full-back Kyle Walker test Oblak from distance before the same player crossed for Kane to dramatically tap the ball into the net despite the visiting keeper’s best efforts.
England face Lithuania in their final qualification fixture on Sunday evening.