Southgate: We must adapt

England manager Gareth Southgate says it is key for his side to be flexible in their approach against different opposition as they prepare to face Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier.

The Three Lions play the 107-ranked side at Wembley on Sunday on the back of a narrow 1-0 loss to Germany in a friendly encounter on Friday.

And ahead of their Group F tie, the 46-year-old explained: "It's not certain we will play the same way. It depends on the opposition and how we think we can hurt them.

"We have got the flexibility to play a number of different ways and it's important our players feel able to do that.

"We have to be adaptable as we go through the next 18 months. We need to be able to change quickly within games as well as at the start of games. It's a key skill for us to develop."

Lithuania manager Edgaras Jankauskas, meanwhile, wants his side to emulate the performance that Iceland put in against England when they emerged victorious from their Euro 2016 round of 16 tie with a shock 2-1 win.

He said: "Iceland would be a great example to follow, but it will be an extremely tough game for us.

"There are many examples where not necessarily the favourites win the game. We know we play against top, top players, representing the best league in the world."

He added: "In my opinion, of course, England has to achieve more than it has done recently," he added.

"But we know probably the reasons why that happened – because the Premier League is the best league in the world, it's very famous and has the very best foreign players coming to play there. That can push the local players to the side a bit."

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