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Jack Butland to replace Joe Hart for Lithuania clash, confirms Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate

Having already qualified for Russian Federation 2018, this game presents Southgate with a great opportunity to experiment with his squad.

England booked their place at next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation with a late and less than convincing win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night, qualifying with one match to spare.

Seaman played a key role in England making the semi-finals at Euro 96 after saving two penalties, one against Scotland in the group stage and the next in a quarter-final shoot-out against Spain.

Butland has though proven that he is ready to play a more prominent role for the national team.

When asked about picking Wilshere, Southgate said: 'We're in a position where there's no way we would dismiss any creative player.

"It was imperative: they have to go to a World Cup".

"Some of that can happen before Russian Federation, some can't because in certain areas there are maybe young players in our system who aren't going to be ready for the next 18 months, two years". Looks a completely different player in a Manchester City shirt, but did pop up with the assists late on.

Former England worldwide Chris Waddle, commentating on the Slovenia match for BBC 5 Live, said: "I can't think of anything to say, it's that bad".

The Stoke keeper, 24, will win his sixth cap and get the chance to impress with Hart's form being questioned. "But I'd like to think everyone is positive and behind us", Cahill said.

Harry Kane's late goal saved England's blushes on Thursday and, as well as defending his group, Southgate called for patience and understanding with the players. "It really is tough".

"For sure we'll make changes but want to get the balance right", he said. "They're giving everything they've got". The Three Lions will then play Lithuania on October 8.

"If you went to a World Cup and you took, let's say, Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens out of the great Dutch side, people would not be surprised if they lost".

The World Cup Trophy is seen during the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia July 25, 2015.

"I am able to rationalise it all, I understand it completely".

His players where having fun getting accustomed, doing handstands and looking relaxed on the eve of their final qualification round match. Going into the tournament we want everyone to have the kind of confidence he is showing at the minute. "It was hard for the crowd - we appreciate them coming - but the game was hard".

Keegan also revealed he once doubted Kane's ability to be a top striker, but that he has been won over in recent times due to his impressive goal-scoring record. I'm delighted, the team are delighted. If Sturridge was fit he would be the first person on the team-sheet, but you just can not rely on his fitness or form.