England boss Gareth Southgate confirms Eric Dier is centre-back option

Goalkeeper Joe Hart indicated that nobody was irreplaceable, responding to a question about Rooney's absence through injury by saying: "He's a huge presence, but football has got this way of happening".

"But Joe is the most capped member of the squad and it's a good moment for him".

"I think I've always had qualities that a captain may have and I think I can do that job".

"It's never been an FA guideline to name a permanent captain, it's just what individual managers have decided".

Gareth Southgate has revealed he is giving more responsiblity to his England players in a bid to stop them freezing in the harsh glare of the worldwide spotlight.

"We seemed to do okay and we are doing okay again this season".

"Individuals who engage in such behaviour do not represent the overwhelming majority of England fans nor the values and identity we should aspire to as a football nation".

"There is a chance he will start, it wouldn't be a gamble to pick anyone in the squad", he said.

The Lithuania squad boast no real household names, so no surprises should be expected from them here.

"To focus on the performance".

"My belief is these players are more than capable of making good decisions and playing successfully against some of the best teams in the world".

"We've seen a huge progression in the couple of weeks we've had in October, November and now". I would love to one day. "We need to make it matter".

Dier was a member of the team stunned 2-1 by Iceland in Nice previous year as England crashed to their most embarrassing defeat since a 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup.

"We have to be ready for both of their wide players, in particular". They are characteristically very demanding strategies that require complete usage of all resources. Thus, they could not play the game they wanted against Joachim Löw's Germany, and I suggest that England transform themselves into a direct counter-pressing team.

Dier was out in Dortmund preparing for England's friendly with Germany and upon hearing the news of the attack, the Englishman has revealed he was quick to make an anxious phone call to his mother to ensure she was safe.

"It's important that's respected as it was before the France game".

England boss Gareth Southgate will have delighted Tottenham supporters on Saturday afternoon after he predicted an early comeback for injured star Harry Kane. "We want them to be ambassadors".

"Generally our support is excellent".

"Unfortunately we have a few who were chanting things the other night that were unacceptable". We have to get off the island and learn from elsewhere.

  • Julie Sanders