Kane evokes England to win over Albania

Kane inspires England to win over Albania

2021-03-29 00:10:39

Mason Mount has 4 objectives for England – three have been assisted by Harry Kane

England maintained their successful begin to the 2022 World Cup qualifying marketing campaign with a cushty victory over Albania in Tirana.

Albania offered extra of a problem than hapless San Marino in England’s opening 5-0 win at Wembley however as soon as they’d survived an early scare when Myrto Uzuni missed an excellent probability for the facet ranked 66th on the planet, this was routine for Gareth Southgate’s facet.

England captain Harry Kane lifted the mediocrity of an attritional first half on a sluggish floor when he scored his thirty third objective for his nation, a perfectly guided diving header from Luke Shaw’s cross seven minutes earlier than the interval.

This set the platform for a extra constructive second-half show, Mason Mount including a composed second within the 63rd minute after sustained England stress noticed Phil Foden’s effort turned on to the put up by Albania keeper Etrit Berisha and Kane lifting a close-range shot excessive.

England stretched their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers to 23 video games however now face their sternest take a look at up to now on this marketing campaign as Poland and their grasp marksman Robert Lewandowski come to Wembley on Wednesday (19:45 BST).

Kane’s class lifts England

Kane had been going by one thing of a drought by his personal requirements. His earlier England objective got here 500 days in the past, in a Euro 2020 qualifier in opposition to Kosovo, and his header in Tirana ended a run of 496 minutes with out scoring.

Kane’s class, nevertheless, stays everlasting so it was no shock that he was the person to interrupt the impasse after England had struggled to interrupt down a resilient Albania defence, the beneficiary of an excellent left-flank supply from Shaw.

It was additionally a superb second for the recalled Shaw, whose spectacular latest kind for Manchester United merited his inclusion.

Southgate might properly have his perfect Euro 2020 beginning line-up mounted in his thoughts however Shaw, who has assisted objectives in his final three England begins, is rising as a real rival to Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell.

England captain Harry Kane in action against Albania in a World Cup 2022 qualifying match
Harry Kane scored his first England objective since November 2019

Mount’s cool end from Kane’s move after Raheem Sterling intercepted Berat Djimsiti’s move was one other illustration of his rising stature and Chelsea’s rising star should certainly be a sure starter when England open their Euro 2020 finals marketing campaign in opposition to Croatia at Wembley on 13 June.

England had the odd anxious second in defence, particularly when Uzuni blazed over with solely keeper Nick Pope to beat and the scoreline goalless, however they had been largely untroubled.

The extra correct measure of the place England’s present charge of progress stands will come once they face the world-class expertise of Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski.

Southgate’s formation taking form

Southgate’s determination to pick out two defensively-minded midfield males as soon as extra in Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips was one other robust indicator that this will likely be his most popular formation on the Euros this summer season.

It’s a recreation plan which has seemed stodgy on events, significantly in two Uefa Nations League video games in opposition to Denmark, a goalless attract Copenhagen and a defeat at Wembley, and leaves Southgate open to accusations of over-caution.

Southgate’s single-minded method means he won’t fear about exterior noise if he’s satisfied that is the correct method to go. The proof, as ever, will include outcomes earlier than and in the course of the summer season’s delayed Euro 2020 showpiece.

One think about Southgate’s plans would be the health of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

England's Kalvin Phillips in action against Albania in a World Cup 2022 qualifier
Kalvin Phillips made his sixth senior look for England

He’s recovering following groin surgical procedure and whereas Liverpool are hopeful he’ll return earlier than the tip of the season, that is not at all assured.

If he’s match, it might seem he’ll begin alongside Rice in that opener in opposition to Croatia.

Phillips was pushed ahead right into a extra superior place within the second half however this now appears to be rising as Southgate’s favoured technique.

The controversy continues round England’s goalkeeping place with Everton’s Jordan Pickford out injured however he has been Southgate’s favoured keeper for a while so it nonetheless appears to be his place to lose if he’s match.

Southgate can have discovered little about Burnley keeper Nick Pope apart from what he already is aware of and what he has seen in England’s coaching camp as a result of he has had nothing to do in opposition to both San Marino or Albania.

He might have extra to do when Lewandowski will get him in his sights at Wembley.

This England efficiency, in the end, was environment friendly versus spectacular however Southgate might be happy with six factors, though something much less would have prompted severe questions.

This may be filed underneath “job performed” and now it’s on to Poland on Wednesday.

Six in a row – the most effective of the stats

  • England have now gained every of their previous six World Cup qualifying matches, their greatest run since 10 straight wins between 2005 and 2009.
  • 4 Manchester Metropolis gamers began in opposition to Albania (Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, John Stones and Raheem Sterling), essentially the most variety of gamers from a single facet to begin for England since June 2019, when 4 Spurs gamers did so in opposition to Switzerland (Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Danny Rose).
  • Harry Kane has now scored at 17 completely different stadiums whereas enjoying for England; with solely Michael Owen (25) and Wayne Rooney (27) doing so in additional completely different venues.
  • Underneath Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane (28) has scored not less than 16 extra objectives for England than another participant (Sterling, 12).
  • Within the 20 worldwide caps Kane has earned in away matches for England, he has had a direct hand in 22 objectives, scoring 13 occasions and delivering 9 assists.
  • Nick Pope is the primary England goalkeeper to maintain a clear sheet in every of his first six England appearances.

What’s subsequent?

Concurrently England face Poland at Wembley on Wednesday (19:45 BST), Albania are away to San Marino.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Berisha
  • 4HysajBooked at 79mins
  • 18Ismajli
  • 6Djimsiti
  • 5Veseli
  • 14LaciSubstituted forRamadaniat 89′minutes
  • 7NakedBooked at 21minsSubstituted forMemushajat 71′minutes
  • 2MemollaSubstituted forGjasulaat 59′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 16CikalleshiSubstituted forManajat 59′minutes
  • 17BrojaSubstituted forLenjaniat 59′minutes
  • 11Uzuni


  • 3Lenjani
  • 8Gjasula
  • 9Memushaj
  • 10Manaj
  • 12Selmani
  • 13Ajeti
  • 15Hoxhallari
  • 19Doka
  • 20Ramadani
  • 21Kallaku
  • 22Kamberi
  • 23Strakosha


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Pope
  • 2WalkerBooked at 69mins
  • 5Stones
  • 6Maguire
  • 3Shaw
  • 11Mount
  • 8PhillipsSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 71′minutes
  • 4Rice
  • 10Sterling
  • 9KaneBooked at 73mins
  • 7FodenSubstituted forLingardat 81′minutes


  • 12Trippier
  • 13Henderson
  • 14Lingard
  • 15Coady
  • 16James
  • 17Ward-Prowse
  • 18Calvert-Lewin
  • 19Mings
  • 20Chilwell
  • 21Watkins
  • 22Johnstone
  • 23Bellingham

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