Lithuania v England: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

Gareth Southgate speaks! Specifically, he speaks about the switch to a back three and his decision to give Harry Winks, only an occasional presence in Tottenham’s team in the Premier League, a full international debut:

We’ve looked in the summer at what our best system would be moving forward. We felt 4-2-3-1 for qualifying got us an extra attacking player on the pitch, but we wanted to look at something different. I think we’ve got to pass the ball better, we’ve got to keep possession. Our connections have been better when we played this system, and also when we lost the ball the other night we were wide open on the counter-attack and we need to be better. Harry Winks is a very good passer of the ball. It’s a bit early for him, but it’s a great opportunity to look at him and I think it’s a good game for him to come into.

Writing as someone employed to type vaguely immediate text-based updates of this match, I’m hoping Vytautas Andriuškevičius has a quiet game.

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Latest score and action from the 5pm BST match in VilniusSlovenia v Scotland: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!Email: simon.burnton@theguardian.com | Tweet: @Simon_Burnton 4.54pm BSTGareth Southgate speaks! Specifically, he speaks about the switch to a back three and his decision to give Harry Winks, only an occasional presence in Tottenham’s team in the Premier League, a full international debut:We’ve looked in the summer at what our best system would be moving forward. We felt 4-2-3-1 for qualifying got us an extra attacking player on the pitch, but we wanted to look at something different. I think we’ve got to pass the ball better, we’ve got to keep possession. Our connections have been better when we played this system, and also when we lost the ball the other night we were wide open on the counter-attack and we need to be better. Harry Winks is a very good passer of the ball. It’s a bit early for him, but it’s a great opportunity to look at him and I think it’s a good game for him to come into. 4.52pm BSTWriting as someone employed to type vaguely immediate text-based updates of this match, I’m hoping Vytautas Andriuškevičius has a quiet game. Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/oct/08/lithuania-v-england-world-cup-2018-qualifier-live

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