Stuart Pearce explains what Hart needs to do to keep England spot

Joe Hart believes England are beginning to exorcise the demons of their Euro 2016 exit

The Green and White Army have helped make Windsor Park an absolute fortress during their World Cup qualifying campaign, following the heroics the country achieved in France last summer having defied the odds and made it out of the group stages of the Euros.

But the 30-year-old will be eager to to impress this season as he seeks to ensure that he remains Englands first-choice goalkeeper going into next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, ahead of Jack Butland.

Harry Kane placed no importance in the manner in which England secured their place at the World Cup finals, insisting qualification was all that mattered. In Brazil four years ago, England did not have sole use of the Royal Tulip hotel outside Rio de Janeiro and suffered long traffic delays reaching their training ground in the city at Urca.

Striker Harry Kane scored the only goal for England, in injury time, to finally overcome Slovenia, who are ranked only 55th in the world.

"England players do not travel well".

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The quality of England's central midfield is a far cry from what they enjoyed in the 2000s, with the likes of Lampard, Gerrard, Hargreaves and Scholes.

Lithuania will line up in a 4-3-3 formation but are expected to collapse into the centre to lure England in and hit them on the counter with their three forwards.

Southgate said: "Slovenia defended resolutely and we weren't as sharp as we'd like to be".

England offered little attacking threat on a dreary and subdued night at Wembley Stadium that was lit up only in the fourth minute of additional time when Kane latched onto Kyle Walker's cross and struck under goalkeeper Jan Oblak. September was fantastic for me, hopefully October can be even better. They don't have Champions League-winning medals throughout this group, they don't have Premier League-winning medals. We have started this season well as a team. He was considered one of the finest goalkeepers in the world at the time but his last of four major global tournaments ended in disappointment following a freak goal from Brazil's Ronaldinho in 2002. When Spurs or England loses possession, he becomes the first defender.

The plastic pitch is something England will have to get used to with the tournament being played on a mix of natural and artificial grass for the first time in history. The more we can play football which excites people and scores goals, the more we will win people over.

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