England vs Albania LIVE: World Cup qualifier updates

England need to improve from Hungary draw says Southgate

Follow live coverage as England play Albania as they look to close in on a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup tonight.

Gareth Southgate’s side need four points from their remaining two qualifying games to ensure their place at next year’s tournament. They will have to get them without a host of first-team options, however, with Declan Rice joining Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount in being missing from this one.

The Three Lions will be hoping for a better performance than last time out at Wembley when they only managed draw against Hungary. “I don’t remember saying we underestimated them,” Southgate said. “Hungary came and defended really well. We didn’t play at the level we’ve hit this calendar year.

“We’ve had a good focus this week on making sure we’re on the front foot in the game and making sure that our pressing is better than it was that night and making sure we’re sharp with the ball and move it quickly. These teams are well organised and you’ve got to break down a packed defence. Our quality has got to come to the fore. But if you can win the ball higher up the pitch you can catch them when they are perhaps a little bit disorganised. They are things that we’ve had a good training week to focus on.”

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England vs Albania

Kick-off at 7:45pm GMTEngland XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, James, Henderson, Phillips, Chilwell, Sterling, Kane, FodenAlbania XI: Strakosha, Veseli, Kumbulla, Ismajili, Trashi, Bajrami, Gjasula, Bare, Hysaj, Uzuni, Cikalleshi9 mins: Maguire opens scoring for England by heading home free-kick18 mins: Kane nods home hosts’ second after chipped cross from HendersonShow latest update


GOAL! England 3 – 0 Albania (Henderson, 28’)⚽️

Michael Jones12 November 2021 20:17


England 2 – 0 Albania

27 mins: England aren’t going to settle for just two goals. They’ll want as many as possible. Reece James brings the ball down the right wing and cuts it back to Henderson. He swings a cross into the box towards forward but a last minute glancing header takes the ball away from the youngster and sends it out of the box.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 20:17


England 2 – 0 Albania

24 mins: England are proving too good on the ball. Albania are giving the high press a decent go but the skill on the ball of John Stones, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire has allowed the home side to pay out from the back.

Ardian Ismajli is the third Albanian to go in the book as the ball come up to Sterling and he clatters into the forward pushing him to ground. He tries to protest his innocence but it’s a clear foul.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 20:15


England 2 – 0 Albania

21 mins: Sokol Cikalleshi is shown a yellow card for dissent to the referee after Albania give away another free kick to England. It’s been a perfect start for England.

Not so for Albania who have to make another change as Marash Kumbulla is replaced with Kastriot Dermaku.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 20:11


GOAL! England 2 – 0 Albania (Kane, 18’)⚽️

18 mins: Harry Kane’s got his goal! It’s fabulous work in midfield from first Reece James and then Jordan Henderson. James tussles with Trashi and gets away from the Albanian before laying the ball to Henderson who sends it to Foden on the right wing. Henderson then points to the box and chases after the ball and Foden plays it into the area. He shrugs off a defender, recovers possession and then lifts a perfect pass into the six-yrd area where Harry Kane is all alone to head home from close range.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 20:07


England 1 – 0 Albania

15 mins: Save! Jordan Pickford comes to the rescue for England! Walker is put under pressure over on the right wing and decides to pass the ball back to the goalkeeper but he underhits his pass by a mile. Albanian striker Uzuni collects the ball and brings it just inside the penalty box with just Pickford to beat. He opens up his body and tries to find the bottom, right-hand corner but Pickford leans across to his left and palms the shot confidently away.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 20:06


England 1 – 0 Albania

12 mins: Albania are forced into a very early change as Keidi Bare has hurt himself in a challenge with Sterling. He’s replaced by Qazim Laci.

England win a corner that Foden takes. There’s a bit of argy bargy in the box before the corner is whipped in but Frederic Veseli gets there ahead of Maguire to head the ball out of the box.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 20:03


GOAL! England 1 – 0 Albania (Maguire, 9’)⚽️

9 mins: England are in front! Kyle Walker slots a pass up to Harry Kane on the inside right and he’s tackled from behind by Klaus Gjasula. He’s shown a yellow card and England win a free kick. Foden swings it into the back post where Harry Maguire amkes a run in front of Myrto Uzuni, gets to the ball and heads it sweetly into the far bottom corner!

Michael Jones12 November 2021 19:58


England 0 – 0 Albania

8 mins: Albania’s defenders are playing right on the edge. Harry Maguire sends the ball over to Phil Foden on the right side and he slips a pass into the box for Reece James getting forward with an underlapping run. Lorenc Trashi sprints in front of the England wingback and slides towards the ball, timing his tackle perfectly to win possession but clattering James at the same time.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 19:57


England 0 – 0 Albania

6 mins: Nice work from Raheem Sterling. He’s given the ball on the inside left and drives towards the box. His pace is rapid as he darts inside of Marash Kumbulla who leans across him and body checks him just outside the box. Sterling goes down but the referee lets play go on and a long pass up to Myrto Uzuni catches the Albanian striker offside.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 19:55


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