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Saturday's Ligue 1 match between Amiens vs Lille was abandoned after safety barriers in the visitors' stands collapsed, injuring 20 people, three of them seriously.The incident occurred in the 17th minute after Lille fans were celebrating the opening goal at Stade de la Licorne, with fans falling forwards after a barrier appeared to give way.
Even Kane's contributions must be scrutinised, despite his late goal.The failure to pick his captain leaves England without a central figure around which the side can constantly turn to in times of adversity.But while the buck eventually stops with Southgate, his team is certainly making matters hard for him.Life for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t been too sweet lately.After a £35m summer move to Liverpool that was intended to revive his career, the Englishman has been restricted to five substitute appearances and one solitary start in the EFL Cup defeat to Leicester.Passes went astray, possession was conceded all too easily and the pop, snap and crackle which marks the game’s best international sides was depressingly absent.
It took all of 25 minutes for the crowd to realise they’d been conned into yet another English classic, titled: “How to lose support and alienate fans.” England may have eventually found their goal in the closing stages of the game but this was an all-too familiar story that certainly doesn't bode well for next summer.
Gareth Southgate's side had looked on course for a 0-0 draw but a late Harry Kane goal, that crept past Jan Oblak following a Kyle Walker delivery, denied the visitors a point.
Until then, England's best chance had came via Marcus Rashford early in the second half, his lobbed effort being cleared by Bostjan Cesar.
Elsewhere, Sterling’s short, quick-fire balls helped bring some urgency to England in Slovenia’s final third.
Indeed, it was the Manchester City forward who set Rashford up for England's closest chance before Kane's late strike, winning possession in the heart of the pitch before releasing his teammate through on goal.
After confirming ahead of tonight’s game that Kane would lead England out against Slovenia, Southgate made it clear that he not yet decided who would be the national side’s permanent captain.