Joe Hart gives thumbs up to new-look England

In the wake of this week's terror attack on Parliament, security will be ramped up at Wembley when England take on Lithuania on Sunday.

England were in the top 10 a year ago, but have dropped down the rankings after a disastrous 2016, which saw them lose two managers and go out of the Euro 2016 finals to Iceland.

However, players and fans will get the opportunity to pay their respects when the national team play a World Cup qualifier in London on Sunday. "I thought the tribute before the France game was really poignant and I'm sure tomorrow will be the same".

A Football Supporters" Federation spokesperson said: "Over the last 20 years English football fans have built a worldwide reputation for our passionate support and the vocal backing we give to our teams.

"At the minute, we haven't got many obvious leaders with the character and strong mentality needed for England to be successful", he told the Daily Express. "It's a painful reminder but it's a good lesson for the future".

Gareth Southgate's side, who lost 1-0 in Dortmund to the hands of Germany on Wednesday night in an global friendly, are looking to bounce back instantly with a convincing win over the minnows, who now sit 107th in the official FIFA World Rankings. But the biggest call Southgate made regarding the game itself was to send his England team out in a new system and with a completely different style of play.

"When he's here, Wayne is our captain, the England captain, and when he's not here, you'd probably say Jordan (Henderson) and then it moves down from there".

"I think Dele Alli is one who is psychologically strong".

Now, the 3-4-3 choice by Southgate may seem like he wants England to play a game of domination, but as their performance against Germany shows, this is not the case.

The big teams are similarly short odds, with Germany away to the nation lying 89th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and England hosting the 107th-ranked country. "I don't think he's eager to change everything, it's just little things here and there", Dier added.

FA chairman Clarke condemned their behaviour on Thursday, calling it "inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing" and Southgate said England fans needed to remind themselves that they are representing the country as much as the team is when playing away from home. But all we ask is that they support us in the right way and they're respectful. I don't think you can put this firmly at the door of the FA. "I have enjoyed being part of a great football club, a great city, meeting new people", he said.

  • Julie Sanders