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Internationals - Harry and Christian there when it matters

Posted on 5 October 2017  - 21:42

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen secured crucial 1-0 wins for their respective nations on a decisive night in World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

Harry Kane battles against SloveniaHarry flicks a header towards goal

Striker Harry captained England against Slovenia and scored the goal that rubber-stamped their place at next summer’s World Cup finals, turning home Kyle Walker’s stoppage-time cross to put the Three Lions in an unassailable lead at the top of Group F.

Eric Dier also completed the full game for England as Gareth Southgate’s men struggled to make an impact on the game before Harry’s late, late winner. Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks were unused substitutes at Wembley but Dele Alli missed out through suspension.

Meanwhile, midfielder Christian Eriksen continued to be the focal point of Denmark’s brave charge towards Russia with another invaluable international goal to secure a 1-0 triumph for his side in Montenegro.

Dancing into a triangle of defenders on the edge of the box, Christian drilled low into the corner with his left foot in the 16th minute as the Danes leapfrogged their hosts into second place in Group E.

A point at home to Romania on Sunday, or Montenegro dropping points in Poland, would see Denmark secure second spot and a probable place in the play-offs. Eight of the nine second-placed sides from the European qualifying section go through.

Elsewhere on Thursday, young midfielder Marcus Edwards scored England Under-20s’ second goal as they cruised to a 5-1 victory in Italy in a friendly.

On Wednesday, midfielder Jack Roles was introduced as a 79th-minute substitute for Cyprus Under-19s away to Serbia, but he couldn’t prevent his side from slipping to a 1-0 defeat in European Under-19 Championship qualifying.