Southgate wants England improvement after Lithuania win

"If he's scoring goals in the Premier League and playing as well as he has this season, there's absolutely no reason why he couldn't (go to the World Cup)". And he revealed the heartbreak he suffered when previous England coach Roy Hodgson ignored him for the Brazil finals four years ago.

Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill took the armband during England's 1-0 friendly loss in Germany on Wednesday but was suspended as recalled striker Jermain Defoe and substitute Jamie Vardy got the goals to strengthen the Three Lions' position at the top of Group F on Sunday.

"I had to keep my emotions (under control), obviously little Brad was with me".

'Never once did I think I was going to retire from global football.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is ready to fight it out with West Ham for the signature of Jermain Defoe if Sundelrand are relegated.

Injuries to younger strikers seem to be the best chance of Defoe making the squad for Russian Federation, assuming unbeaten England completes the job in the second half of qualifying.

"I don't find anything hard".

"I'm trying to turn vegan, which is a amusing one because when I go to my mum's she's got every meat you can imagine out on the table".

"He was one of those players who you hear a lot about, you watch him and he scores a lot of goals". "Everyone wants to feel fresh in the game, there's no better feeling, so I'm just making sure I'm doing the right things - cryotherapy, massage, eating the right things. trying to turn vegan".

'I do a lot of cryotherapy.

Rashford immediately put Lithuania on notice by dribbling past two men into the box and Leicester forward Vardy required just six minutes to put his name on the scoresheet.

Southgate revealed Sterling had been playing in discomfort at his post-match news conference - a possible cause for concern for City boss Pep Guardiola, whose side face crunch clashes at Arsenal and Chelsea when they return to the Premier League after the worldwide break.

"It's what he does, I don't think anyone would ever question that about Jermain", he added.

"I thought they were a better team than maybe they gave themselves credit for".

"We like to win the ball up high and press, and get the ball down and play football and be patient as well so it is a fantastic time. It's down to me to go back to my club and have a good finish to the season", he said. I'm going to do this and be rewarded.' It's hard, but in another way it's easy because all I want to do is play well and score goals. Asked whether goals in the Championship - with Sunderland now battling relegation - would count for as much, Southgate said: "I walked into that!" Even if it's like a five-minute phone call.

The Liverpool man wrong-footed at least two defenders with his quick-thinking, allowing his team-mate to notch a sixth global goal. I found out on the telly. As players you appreciate that.

  • Julie Sanders