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Summary

  1. England news conference
  2. Three Lions host Slovenia on Thursday
  3. England then travel to Lithuania on Sunday
  4. GET INVOLVED: Who should be England captain?

Live Reporting

By Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

  1. So long, farewell..

    Anyway, we're all England news conferenced out for the time being - so let's call this a wrap.

    Stay across the BBC Sport website for all the breaking news and team updates in the build-up to England's penultimate World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

    I'll be at a wedding that evening - so if anyone wants to tweet me updates that'd be much appreciated...

    Until next time!

  2. Delph dilemma?

    England news conference

    Delph

    Talking of Ryan Bertrand's left-back competition...

    Fabian Delph has emerged as a surprising contender for the spot after being styled by Pep Guardiola into a flying full-back.

    BUT....

    After winning selection to Gareth Southgate's squad, the Manchester City man is now a doubt for the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Thursday. As is Phil Jones.

    Both players are being assessed by the England medical team ahead of the game.

    Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Michael Keane also missed out on Monday's training at St George's Park and instead took part in a recovery session.

  3. 'I'm not focusing on Rose'

    England news conference

    Rose

    It's our man Gary Flintoff with the stats, and he puts it to Ryan Bertrand that the Southampton defender has had the best run of games at left-back for England since Ashley Cole.

    The 28-year-old reaches into his cricket bag and straight bats that one back in Flintoff's direction...

    "That's one thing that as a team collectively is positive that we have fantastic players in all areas," said Bertrand.

    "When you get your chance you know you want to do well and stake your claim as strong as possible.

    "I'm very determined, like every other position in the team, once you get the shirt you don't want to let it go."

    Danny Rose had the left-back spot before he was injured, so is the Tottenham man Bertrand's main rival when he returns to fitness?

    "It's not so much focusing on Danny," he added. "It's focusing on myself and concentrating on me playing."

  4. From Le Saux to Bertrand...

    England news conference

    Bertrand

    Think of England left-backs scoring for their country and my mind harks back to Graeme Le Saux's cracker against Brazil in the Umbro Cup in 1995.

    Google that one, kids... and while you're at it, explain just what was the Umbro Cup!?

    Ryan Bertrand's first Three Lions goal wasn't quite as sweet, but it was still a thumping effort from outside the box as England won 4-0 in Malta last month.

    So how did it feel to get off the mark?

    "It was amazing," said Bertrand. "Personally, I didn't quite come across that way on the night but I was more tuned in to the team objectives - in what we had to do.

    "I can assure you when I get home, me and the family had a great realisation of what just happened. We are very thankful for that moment."

  5. 'Gareth's pulled the boys together'

    England news conference

    So is there a sense of togetherness in this England squad?

    "More so than other squads I have been involved in," said Bertrand.

    "Gareth (Southgate) has really pulled the boys together and outlined the journey and the path we need to go on to hopefully bring success.

    "Wearing the England shirt, you know the expectation is always there. We will go out and try and do just that."

  6. 'Opposition highlight Alli'

    England news conference

    Alli

    Dele Alli is suspended for the match against Slovenia on Thursday following his gesture in the win over Slovakia last month.

    Ryan Bertrand says the Tottenham midfielder will be missed.

    "Del's a fantastic player and he will definitely be one on the team-sheet that the opposition highlights and wants to lock down," added Bertrand.

    "But as a nation we are blessed with amazing talent and I'm sure whoever comes in will do an amazing job."

  7. Post update

    England news conference

    Let's hear a little more from Ryan Bertrand...

  8. Get involved - who should be England captain?

    #bbcfootball

    Stephen Short: Kane is easily England's best player, but that doesn't mean he should be captain. Henderson is a better leader for me.

    Nadir Rouabhi: People are saying Kane because of his talent, but for me being a captain is about respect and experience, Defoe fits that!

  9. England blessed with leaders - Bertrand

    England news conference

    England

    Asked whether Tottenham striker Harry Kane deserved the armband, Bertand said: "It's amazing to see the form he's in and the closer it comes to the England meet-ups it's a massive boost to our squad.

    "I think that (the captaincy) is down to the manager. H gets my vote, as do other people. We are blessed with a lot of leaders."

  10. Post update

    England news conference

    Right, we've been asking you for your England captain suggestions, and Ryan Betrand has joined the debate...

    He didn't tweet #bbcfootball (like you should) but he did answer that question in his presser.

  11. 'We all have great pressures'

    England news conference

    Bertrand

    England boss Gareth Southgate said some players' form did not deserve a call-up to the squad, but Ryan Bertrand says competition for places among the Three Lions is bringing the best out of them.

    "The boys have come in and got on as normal," said the former Chelsea man. "Here we have fantastic competition for places and that can only be good for the squad."

    Southgate also suggested England players knew how to behave away from the pitch.

    "It comes with the game," added Bertrand.

    "Being a professional is an all round thing and once you make that pledge you have to live by it.

    "We're fully aware of it 24/7. It just becomes a way of life. You are representing your club and your country and you have all these great pressures, but that's the way it is."

  12. Qualification not over - Bertrand

    England news conference

    England are five points clear at the top of Group F with two games to play, but Bertrand says qualification is not done and dusted just yet...

    "We are very much in a positive mindset and the work is not finished. We want to get the six points," added the Southampton left-back.

    "All games internationally are tough. Slovenia have added incentive but equally we do as well. We still need points.

    "For me personally, with perhaps my fan's head on, it would be nice to complete the qualification in front of the home fans and have a decent night at Wembley."

  13. 'Sir Bobby an inspiration'

    England news conference

    Bertrand

    Ryan Bertrand has arrived!

    Here's what he had to say about meeting Sir Bobby Charlton this morning: "It was an amazing moment.

    "To see such a great inspiration in England and to get to meet him, albeit a bit brief, was an amazing moment.

    "To hear the values and the comparisons to he facilities he had when he played was amazing."

  14. A legend in the making?

    England news conference

    Gary Flintoff

    BBC Radio 5 live reporter at St George's Park

    Harry Kane

    There was a lovely moment this morning when Sir Bobby Charlton was waiting to be introduced to the current England squad.

    All the England players stood back but Harry Kane wandered straight over to the Manchester United and England legend to say hello.

    I could not help but think it was one England legend talking to a potential England legend of the future?

  15. Post update

    England news conference

    Apparently Ryan Bertrand is running a little bit late for the news conference, but let's keep your captaincy choices coming...

    Who will be immortalised in English sporting folklore when they lift the trophy towards the crowd after the Three Lions win the World Cup in Russia next summer? Or something like that...

  16. Bobby dazzlers

    England news conference

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    Harry Kane knows where the back of the net is, but this man has been there, done it and got the World Cup winner's medal to boot...

    Before training on Monday, England's training pitch at St George's Park was named after Sir Bobby Charlton to mark the World Cup winner's 80th birthday.

    Charlton will also be guest of honour on Thursday at Wembley.

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  17. Get involved - who should be England captain?

    #bbcfootball

    Paul: Kane, obviously. He's the only guaranteed starter that's in that category and he's by far our best player.

    Richard Morris: Should be Kane. Henderson not even good enough to be in squad

    A couple of shouts for Spurs' prince Harry, but who would you give the armband to?

  18. Lights, camera, Bertrand...

    England news conference

    Bertrand

    Our man Gary Flintoff is in place at St George's Park eagerly awaiting the arrival of Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand...

  19. Squad goals

    England news conference

    England

    In, out, shake it all about... a little bit of Three Lions hokey-cokey for Gareth Southgate's chosen ones this international break.

    Manchester City midfielder-come-left-back Fabian Delph and Southampton keeper Fraser Forster are in the squad, but Burnley stopper Tom Heaton and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy miss out through injury.

    Here's the squad in full:

    Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford;

    Ryan Bertrand, Aaron Cresswell, Gary Cahill , Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Michael Keane, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier;

    Eric Dier, Fabian Delph, Jake Livermore, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli;

    Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Jermain Defoe, Daniel Sturridge.

  20. Get involved - who should be England captain?

    #bbcfootball

    Right, no messing around here, straight in with the important questions - who would you pick as England skipper?

    With England's qualification all but sewn up, the captaincy seems to be the most pressing issue heading into the final two World Cup qualifiers.

    Harry Kane? Gary Cahill? Jordan Henderson or Joe Hart? Let us know, with your reasons why, at #bbcfootball