Joe Hart named as captain for England qualifier


Following the midweek defeat to world champions Germany, the road to Russian Federation resumes on Sunday when England welcome Lithuania to Wembley Stadium.

The Three Lions are looking to build on a promising display in the midweek 1-0 friendly loss in Germany when they welcome Lithuania on Sunday in what should be straightforward World Cup qualifier.

Now under the stewardship of former U21 manager Gareth Southgate, England look to extend their lead at the top of the group to five points and Dier says the team use the memory to help deter them from slipping up against Lithuania on Sunday evening.

Hart has played 28 games so far this season with Torino which remains in 10th position in Serie A.

The 29-year-old is the fourth player to skipper the team in as many matches, following Wayne Rooney, Jordan Henderson and Gary Cahill - who are unselected, injured and suspended, respectively.

Nevertheless, their squad, and especially the clubs where they take most of their players, is superb in executing the counter-attacking strategy. "I only heard about it afterwards, I didn't hear anything whilst I was playing", he said.

The England Supporters Travel Club has written to members warning anyone involved in anti-social, xenophobic or disrespectful behaviour in Germany will have their membership withdrawn.

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Germany won the friendly match 1-0, with a goal by Lukas Podolski, who retired from global soccer on Wednesday, at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.

"I did have to think seriously because we have a squad now with some emerging leaders", Southgate said. They're good in counter-attack and against Scotland scored with some good interplay with their front players.

"It is something I want to think through, but it is not as important to me as making sure that more develop and more are given responsibility".

"We know his personality and character and when you bring someone in late to the squad for a couple of days you need to know what's coming through the door". We believe in them and it is important players feel that.

"England's travelling support is made of people of all ages from a range of clubs, many of whom have worked hard in recent years to improve our standing overseas and have expressed concern to us about these chants".

"They have done a great deal of work over the last 20 years to try and address issues, particularly around disorder".

There is an education process here, and that's where the fans groups themselves can help educate one another, and then it becomes self-policing which we see in other nations.