Harry Kane's injury-time goal guaranteed England's place at the 2018 World Cup, the Tottenham striker earning a 1-0 home win against Slovenia on Thursday.
Gareth Southgate's side were already virtually assured of their place in Russia due to a five-point cushion and made certain of their progress thanks to Kane's late impact.
The in-form striker had been quiet throughout a listless Three Lions performance but nudged home Kyle Walker's low cross to break the deadlock in the third minute of added time.
In a largely turgid affair, England missed the suspended Dele Alli and the injured Jamie Vardy's ability to move defenders around, with Slovenia happy to sit deep and soak up pressure.
Slovenia held England to a 0-0 draw at home earlier in the group and they appeared set to do so again with few problems, Jan Oblak making relatively straightforward saves from Kane, Jordan Henderson and the lively Marcus Rashford.
But there was nothing Oblak could do about Kane's late winner, the cross from former Spurs team-mate Walker perfect for him to tap in his 14th goal of the season for club and country.
Although England started reasonably well, they were perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty after nine minutes when goalkeeper Joe Hart appeared to catch Josip Ilicic near the byline.
Kane scored 13 goals for club and country in September and had been given the captain's armband by Southgate, but his first effort was easily dealt with by Oblak, before Andraz Sporar fired at Hart at the other end.
Oblak was stretched for the first time after 25 minutes, the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper tipping Henderson's low curler around his left-hand post after England cleverly worked a short free-kick.
England had the ball in the net shortly before half-time thanks to Kane's header, but Raheem Sterling was penalised for a foul and the goal was disallowed by referee Felix Zwayer.
The ponderous play from the hosts did not improve after the interval, with sloppy passes regularly giving away possession, although Slovenia offered nothing on the ball themselves.
When England did break threateningly after 61 minutes, Rashford's decision to cutely chip Oblak was the wrong choice and Rajko Rotman had time to get back and clear, Bostjan Cesar then making a fine block to deny Sterling.
Southgate's men had scored late goals throughout the campaign and although there appeared little sign of one coming, they struck in stoppage-time.
Oblak threw the ball to Walker in his haste to launch a counter-attack and the Manchester City full-back broke at speed, putting a fine centre on a plate for Kane to tuck in from close range.
England will wrap up their campaign in Vilnius against Lithuania on Sunday, while Slovenia host a resurgent Scotland in the battle for second place.
|Kane: Bring on the best in Champions League|
|Neville: Lukaku needs to believe amid Man United struggles|
|Messi best player of all time – Rakitic|
|Gattuso: I´m even tense playing football with my son|
|Suarez admits Villarreal red swung it for Barcelona|
|Villarreal win ´crucial´ for Barcelona boss Valverde|
|Villarreal 0 Barcelona 2: Suarez, Messi restore five-point LaLiga lead|
|AC Milan 2 Bologna 1: Bonaventura brace breaks Gattuso´s duck|
|Guardiola: Man City are an honest team|
|Mourinho: Herrera denied clear penalty in derby defeat|
|Mourinho admits title race ´probably´ over|
|Simeone defends Atleti´s style after battling win over Betis|
|Manchester City´s 14th win on the spin sets new top-flight record|
|Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2: Otamendi strikes massive blow in Premier League title race|
|Allardyce praises ´brave´ Pawson after penalty decision|
|Atletico Madrid set club-record unbeaten run in LaLiga|
|Ajax 3 PSV 0: Eredivisie title race gets new lease of life|
|Klopp involved in post-match spat with reporter|
|Rooney backs awarding of ´clear penalty´|
|Real Betis 0 Atletico Madrid 1: Rojiblancos make history to assuage Champions League pain|
|Klopp rages at referee after late penalty denies Liverpool|
|Liverpool 1 Everton 1: Late Rooney penalty secures unlikely derby draw|
|Napoli 0 Fiorentina 0: Sarri´s men miss chance to usurp Inter|
|Martial and Rashford both start Manchester derby as Jesus edges out Aguero|
|Neuer in no doubt over World Cup fitness|
|Wenger labels Saints sinners over time-wasting|
|Super-sub Giroud celebrates being Arsenal´s saviour again|
|Southampton 1 Arsenal 1: Super-sub Giroud rescues last-gasp point|
|Firmino and Coutinho on bench for Merseyside derby|
|Stoger ready to grab ´incredible opportunity´ at Dortmund|
|Courtois keen to resolve Chelsea future|
|Borussia Dortmund sack Bosz, bring in Stoger|
|Melbourne City 1 Central Coast Mariners 0: McCormack eases Cahill blues|
|Dortmund to hold news conference with Bosz on the brink|
|Guardiola: I would retire if possession football did not work|
|There´s no comparison, Ronaldo is best – Marcelo|
|Baker Mayfield wins Heisman Trophy|
|Bradley revels in ´dream´ MLS Cup success|
|Valverde unsure about Mascherano future|
|Allegri pleased with Juve display|
|Mourinho highlights City´s tactical fouls to ramp up ref pressure|
|Spalletti makes his point as Inter show they belong in Serie A title race|
|Toronto FC 2 Seattle Sounders 0: Altidore and Vazquez seal MLS Cup and historic treble|
|Guardiola: Wins over Mourinho aren´t special ones|
|No regrets over joining City - Guardiola remembers Ferguson advance|
|Juventus 0 Inter 0: Nerazzurri stay top as Derby d´Italia ends in stalemate|
|Valencia 2 Celta Vigo 1: Parejo keeps his cool to put the heat on Barca|
|Benitez rues same old story for struggling Newcastle|
|Verratti puts faith in Emery|
|Champions League focus has cost Spurs in the Premier League, admits Pochettino|
|Championship Review: Ten-man Sunderland hold Wolves, Adkins starts with a win|
|Home win ´has to be a springboard´ for Swansea - Clement|
|Newcastle United 2 Leicester City 3: Perez misery heightens Benitez woes|
|Fifty and counting - Kane brings up his half-century in style|
|Zidane: I warned you about Ronaldo!|
|West Ham spirit key to Chelsea win – Moyes|
|Bosz braced for the boot as Dortmund lose again|
|Watford boss Silva slams ´harsh´ Zeegelaar dismissal|
|Nacho revels in Real Madrid´s Sevilla thrashing|
|Hard-earned Frankfurt victory pleases Bayern boss Heynckes|
|Al Jazira 1 Urawa Reds 0: Mabkhout books Real Madrid clash|
|Spurs on fire, beams goal-hungry Kane|
|Ulreich doubtful for Cologne clash|
|Wagner praises ´brave´ Huddersfield after returning to winning ways|
|Hodgson slams Benteke after penalty miss sends Palace bottom|
|Schmelzer slams ´joke´ Dortmund performance|
|Paris Saint-Germain 3 Lille 1: Emery´s December blues eased|
|Aubameyang becomes Bundesliga´s record African goalscorer|
|Swansea City 1 West Brom 0: Bony lifts Swans off the bottom|
|Real Madrid 5 Sevilla 0: Ronaldo leads blistering Bernabeu rout|
|Crystal Palace 2 Bournemouth 2: Begovic denies Benteke in stoppage time after Defoe´s double|
|Burnley 1 Watford 0: High-flying Clarets back to winning ways as Arfield returns in style|
|The best are at Barcelona, starting with Messi – Valverde rejects Ronaldo claim|
|Tottenham 5 Stoke City 1: Kane at the double to pile pain on Potters|
|Huddersfield Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Mounie double helps Wagner´s men end slump|
|Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Bayern Munich 1: Vidal strikes again as goalkeeper crisis deepens|
|Borussia Dortmund 1 Werder Bremen 2: Defeat leaves Bosz on the brink|
|Conte accepts title ´impossible´ for Chelsea after West Ham loss|
|Pachuca 1 Wydad Casablanca 0 (after extra time): Guzman sets up Gremio showdown|
|Everton heading in the right direction - Sigurdsson ready for derby debut|
|Chelsea ´miles´ from their best, concedes Cahill|
|West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Arnautovic gives Moyes first win as Hammers boss|
|Fornals to miss Barcelona game after fainting in training|
|A-League Review: The force is strong with Sydney FC|
|Hart dropped by West Ham for Chelsea clash|
|Guardiola´s Manchester City head to United a team transformed|
|Wenger admits to frank talks with Arsenal players after United loss|
|Racing criticise Atletico Madrid over unauthorised Martinez medical|
|Musonda handed new four-and-a-half-year Chelsea deal|
|United still Manchester´s top side ahead of City, says Giggs|
|Wantaway Barca veteran Mascherano ´too old´ for Tianjin Quanjian|
|Ederson: Man City eyeing nothing less than derby glory|
|Chelsea´s Kante should win Ballon d´Or, says Conte|
|Salinas: Ronaldo not among best ever and doesn´t deserve Ballon d´Or awards|
|Milinkovic-Savic not for sale at any price amid Man United links, insists agent|
|Giggs interested in Wales job|