Joe Hart named as England captain for World Cup qualifier against Lithuania

He said: "Joe will captain the side".

"Whenever you're in an England squad, you're going to think about it". Sometimes just having that calmness in the opposite half of the pitch is a good reminder for us.

Southgate makes an unlikely revolutionary but ahead of his first game as permanent manager, he outlined his vision for the national side.

Dier's Spurs team-mate Harry Kane is among the leading contenders to take on the role, Jordan Henderson and Joe Hart among the other possible contenders.

Sections of the Three Lions support were singing "inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing" chants against Germany, according to FA chief Greg Clarke, and Southgate does not want the "unacceptable" behaviour to be repeated during his side's World Cup qualifier.

With Gary Cahill suspended and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones injured, England are noticeably light on caps at the heart of defence. After their composed shifts in Dortmund, Michael Keane, 24, and Dier deserve to retain their places at centre-back and holding midfield respectively. Nearly all of their offensive power; Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard play for teams that use counter-pressing.

Lithuania made a steady start to qualifying, drawing with Slovenia and Scotland before beating Malta 2-0, but were then given a rude awakening by a 4-0 defeat in Slovakia.

There are just hours to go until England face a pivotal 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, but at there's only one thing on our minds...

"World-class players should not be affected by pressure", Jankauskas told The Times newspaper.

"It was for a reason; it was to play against the world champions".

"It is your job week in, week out". He spoke about it on the first day when we met up, about his England career and his career at club level.

On Lithuania, the England boss said: "We'll have to pay attention to their wide players".

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has spoken of his relief upon hearing the news that his mother and family were safe in the wake of last Wednesday's terror attack in London.

"He's played for England so he knows all about that, so hopefully he can pass things on".

The forward is not alone in finding minutes restricted but the England manager says that will not necessarily rule players out of his thinking.

  • Julie Sanders