A 94th-minute goal by new captain, Harry Kane against Slovenia on Thursday night was enough to seal England’s spot at next year’s FIFA World Cup holding in Russia.
Prior to the game, England needed just a win to qualify for the 2018 tournament, having grabbed six wins and two draws and leading Europe’s Group F table.
After both sides failed to score for 90 minutes, Kane slotted in Kyle Walker’s cross at stoppage time for his 11th goal in 22 international appearances to finally break down the visitors’ resistance.
Elsewhere in Europe, defending champions, Germany also sealed their place at the finals after defeating Northern Ireland 3-1 on Thursday.
As it stands, England alongside Germany, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and hosts Russia are guaranteed to be at the tournament which will feature 32 teams.
To begin preparation for the finals next year, England will play holders Germany and former champions Brazil in friendlies in November.
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