"We've got a World Cup to look forward to now and hopefully people have the same dreams as me, we can stick together and make something happen".
"We know we need to evolve the team and there's a desire to evolve the team, but also we had to keep winning to qualify because for any of the young players to improve, they've got to go to a World Cup", Southgate said.
"The important thing was to stay resilient through what was a hard period - probably half an hour from the end - where there was a bit of anxiety you could see, an important save from Joe Hart, and we have to become a team who scores late goals and doesn't concede them".
"But we have had, in my period in charge, six wins, two draws, with one of the best defensive records in Europe in qualifying".
"The World Cup is still a long way off, we have a few friendly games before then to keep working on what the manager wants us to do".
"We've got the players, we've got the capabilities".
"The defenders didn't know what to do, they play against one every week".
Harry Kane's stoppage-time goal saw off Slovenia on Thursday but England were poor at a subdued Wembley.
"As a young team and having to deal with the expectation and criticism of their performances, it is tough for them". We have to give them the belief and the backing to help them achieve.More news: McDonald's Szechuan Sauce returns for one day
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"I think it's a good time".
However uninspiring, any win is better than a desperate goalless draw and, by maintaining his fine form this season, two-time Premier League golden boot victor Kane ensures Southgate has at least one world-class performer in his squad.
"I've seen Bobby Robson get to a World Cup semi-final and was hammered up probably until the quarter-final stage".
"There will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put a performance on".
"I am able to rationalise it all, I understand it completely".
England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales are all in World Cup qualifying action over the next four nights with all those countries still harbouring hopes of reaching the finals in Russian Federation next summer. "All I have to do is keep winning football matches".
"There are one or two players we'd definitely like to have a look at and it's one of very few games we have now to build towards the World Cup".
"We've qualified with a game to go".
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