He will now have his sights set on captaining England against the Slovenians on Thursday, knowing that three points will secure top spot in their qualifying group and ultimately book their place in Russian Federation next year.
Instead of getting a goal in the final minutes, England had to deal with quite a bit of pressure from Slovenia who needed a win to stay alive in their qualification campaign, but they finally got the victor when Kyle Walker played a gorgeous ball to Harry Kane, who poked home the opener and gave the Three Lions the victory.
The close call energised a previously lethargic England and they went close again when a remarkable double block by Slovenia captain Bostjan Cesar denied Raheem Sterling.
Denmark, which handed Poland its only defeat in the group stage by 4-0, hosts Romania in the last round and must win to top the group.
Kane, England captain for the night, bundled in Kyle Walker's cross for his 11th goal in 22 worldwide appearances to finally break down Slovenia's resistance as they looked likely to hold out for a point.
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It is clear that huge improvements need to be made between now and next summer if England are to have any chance of going deep at the World Cup.
"They are giving everything they've got".
" Are we are going to become Spain in the next eight months?"
With qualification wrapped up with a game to spare, England plays their final game of Group F with a trip to Lithuania on Sunday.
Without the suspended Dele Alli, the Three Lions looked utterly bereft of ideas until skipper Kane converted Kyle Walker's late on to score his 14th goal in nine games for club and country.
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