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Lithuania's goalkeeper had a nightmare before taking his goal-kick vs England

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It was an all too familiar tale for England in Lithuania.

Gareth Southgate's men won 1-0, yet it was a far from convincing display.

Harry Kane netted the winner from the spot after Dele Alli had earned a first-half penalty, the rest of the game unfolding as a pretty pedestrian affair.

Now, all that really matters is that the Three Lions will be heading to Russia next summer, having already secured qualification with Thursday's win over Slovenia at Wembley.

Southgate, who experimented somewhat with his starting line-up, doesn't have years to sort this England side out, but at least he's still got a few months to figure out how they can give a good account of themselves at the World Cup.

Even if they aren't playing particularly well, when countries like Argentina and Holland are likely to miss out on the tournament, England can count themselves lucky they're on their way.

One side they will not be joined by in Moscow is tonight's opponents. Lithuania are second-bottom of Group F, ahead of only minnows Malta.

In fairness, it would have been a huge surprise if they had challenged for the top two spots - especially as their stopper doesn't even seem to know where his own goal is.

Lithuania's goal-kick 

Ernestas Setkus can't have had too many more bizarre moments in his long career so far. Take a look:

Of course, that is being a little harsh, and he deserves credit for a fine save from Harry Winks that kept his side in the game.

Lithuania should also be praised for the fact that only a penalty came between them - the 120th ranked team by FIFA - and supposedly the 15th best team in the world.

There are plenty of questions for Southgate to answer after another underwhelming performance.

How will England fare at next year's World Cup? Have your say in the comments. 

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