"We have to keep winning football matches".
He was also the man closest to Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal as Argentina defeated England in 1986. Players like Kane and Rashford tried but were frustrated by the Slovenians, who themselves threatened to hurt England on the counter.
"We have got goalscorers and we have got some attacking players that we think will cause problems to any team in the world". "It's blindingly obvious we could have played better - but we are there". Regardless of personal achievements, I think it's important that we smile.
More experimentation is likely, in terms of tactics and personnel, as Southgate looks to coax an exciting performance to sweep away memories of Thursday's torturous 1-0 win over Slovenia.
At this stage, just like the captaincy, England's goalkeeping situation ahead of next year's World Cup is undecided. "England have qualified for a World Cup and that's a big deal".
MERSE SAYS: I don't like taking three goalkeepers to tournaments, you've got to be bang unlucky to get two injuries.
If that doesn't occur then the trip to Lithuania will certainly be a lot more stressful than necessary.
"For sure we'll make changes but want to get the balance right", Southgate said.
Northern Ireland, who grabbed a consolation through Josh Magennis, remain on track to claim a spot in next months play-offs as they attempt to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
"There will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put a performance on".
In-form Spurs striker Kane added: "It was frustrating at times out there". Three points against Slovakia on Thursday could make it an easier task for Strachan's men but it's an enduring task nevertheless if Scotland want even a distant opportunity to make their first major tournament appearance since the 1998 World Cup in France.
"We should enjoy this".
"We're all after the same shirt but we're keen to push each other to a high standard because that means success for us as a nation", he said. It's defending champions Germany who lead the way in the betting for glory at 5/1, followed by the likes of Brazil, Spain, France, and Argentina, although the latter are struggling to even qualify over in the competitive South American zone.