Jordan Henderson to continue as England captain against Slovakia

Wenger criticised over three major mistakes in this summer's transfer window

Sterling, who was in Gareth Southgate's England training camp, appreciated Begiristain's message.

England ran out 4-0 winners in Ta' Qali on Friday night, but in truth the score-line flattered Southgate's side.

Manchester City were left furious by reports that Raheem Sterling was offered to Arsenal in a part-exchange deal for Alexis Sanchez, Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror reports.

While manager Gareth Southgate defended the display against Malta, and will prioritise three points on Monday over style, he knows the fans want evidence his side can make an impression in Russian Federation next year after a series of flops in major tournaments. Of course it's hard [to be taken off] but he took it really professionally. "Maybe they lack one more creative player to manage their play but overall it is a great squad".

"To go and beat people, and beat people in tight spaces, some days it happens and some days it doesn't".

"He has bounced back from things throughout his career, so I've no doubt in my mind that he'll cope with that", said Southgate. "He has been playing very well for Manchester United this season and we wouldn't hesitate to start him. He is of course at a club where they have got an incredible amount of attacking talent, but he is right in the mix with them".


Slovakia manager Jan Kozak has labelled England's emerging crop of youngsters as "the future of football" ahead of the teams' World Cup qualifier on Monday.

Only a late goal from Adam Lallana saw England to a 1-0 win over Slovakia in the reverse fixture a year ago in what proved to be Sam Allardyce's lone match as manager before he was forced out following a newspaper sting.

"We have some exciting players and we want to show that", Southgate said ahead of Monday's game against second-placed Slovakia, who are two points behind England.

"We are playing good opposition so we've got to make sure we are tactically prepared, which we will be, but also we've got to have belief in the team that we've got".

"Not just this season, in terms of when I've been looking at him, but there was a long period last season where I think he's been the best defender", said Southgate.

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