Harry Kane toed in a 94 th -minute winner as England secured their place at next year ’s World Cup in Russia with a thoroughly lacklustre 1 – 0 victory over Slovenia on Thursday .
Gareth Southgate ’s side looked utterly bereft of ideas at a somnolent, two thirds -full Wembley until skipper Kane converted Kyle Walker ’ s inviting cross to score his 14 th goal in nine games for club and country .
The result left England six points clear at the top of Group F above neighbours Scotland, whose 1 -0 win over 10 – man Slovakia in Glasgow left them in pole position to claim the play -off place .
It is the sixth time in succession England have qualified for the World Cup, but after making such heavy work of defeating Slovenia, they are unlikely to give the game ’s super -powers many sleepless nights.
Prior to Kane’s strike, the 61 ,598 fans in attendance at England ’ s national stadium had taken to entertaining themselves by launching paper aeroplanes at the pitch .