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K. Gjasula
Yellow Card
E. Hysaj
Yellow Card
H. Kane
Yellow Card
M. Mount
H. Kane
0 - 2
H. Kane
L. Shaw
0 - 1

Match Stats

29% 71%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 0 4
Total Passes 313 781
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 England ENG England 8 6 2 0 24 3 +21 20 D W D W W
2 Poland POL Poland 8 5 2 1 25 8 +17 17 W W D W W
3 Albania ALB Albania 8 5 0 3 11 7 +4 15 L W W W L
4 Hungary HUN Hungary 8 3 2 3 13 12 +1 11 D L W L L
5 Andorra AND Andorra 8 2 0 6 7 19 -12 6 W L L L W
6 San Marino SMR San Marino 8 0 0 8 1 32 -31 0 L L L L L


Final Tournament


England continue their strong start to their World Cup qualifying campaign then. They've had an easy time so far but next week's game against Poland will offer a better sense of their level at the moment. That's all for now. Goodbye!
England stay top of Group I and add to what is an already solid goal difference. They face Poland at Wembley next week, likely their toughest opponents in this group. Albania stay second for now with the four teams below them about to start their games shortly.
England make it two wins from two in Group I after a professional performance in Tirana. Southgate's men were never really threatened by Albania, despite the hosts initially making life difficult for England in the first half. Kane's goal just before half-time eased the pressure for the visitors before Mount made the win safe.
90' + 4' Lingard is penalised for handball. Manaj's caught offside from Uzuni's throughball and that will be that! 
90' + 3' Memushaj whips the free-kick in from the left and it sails straight through to Pope who's no doubt glad to see a little action.
90' + 2' Ward-Prowse's corner leads to nothing as Maguire fouls Djimsiti in the box. Albania try to get the ball forward quickly and Stones climbs over the back of Manaj. Albania will get the chance to test Pope late on.
90' + 1' There'll be four minutes of added time here in Tirana. Kane's shot from the left of the box is deflected out for England's sixth corner of the game.
90' Pope is about to become England's first ever goalkeeper not to concede in his first six appearances for his country. He's had very little to do here.
K. Gjasula
Yellow Card
89' Gjasula picks up a late yellow card for a spiky challenge on Mount. He'll miss Albania's next match.
Y. Ramadani
Q. Laçi
89' Albania make a late substitution. Laci makes way for Ramadani.
88' England knock the ball around before losing it. Ward-Prowse rushes into the centre circle to try to win it back and fouls Memushaj in the process.
87' Veseli shows his strength to muscle Mount off the ball. England still have possession though. 
85' Laci goes into an aerial challenge with Walker and goes down after a nudge from the England defender. Albania get the free-kick.
83' England surely have the win wrapped up here. Now it's just a case of the visitors seeing this game out.
J. Lingard
P. Foden
81' England make a substitution. Lingard, who's played himself back into Southgate's thoughts lately while on loan at West Ham United, is on for Foden.
E. Hysaj
Yellow Card
79' Hysaj's the next Albania player to receive a yellow card. The right wing-back pulled on Sterling's arm as England looked to break upfield.
77' Rice puts the ball out of play for the first Albanian corner of the game. Kane makes a strong header away.
76' Albania enjoy a rare spell on the ball. Hysaj's cross from the right is a dangerous one and Pope steams out to punch clear, cleaning out Maguire in the process.
75' England have been in total control in this second half. They still need to have their wits about them though and make sure they don't give Albania any silly opportunities in the final 15 minutes of this game. 
H. Kane
Yellow Card
74' Kane's booked for sliding in on Ismajli and Djimsiti. Kane is perplexed. He thinks he had every right to go for that.
73' Ward-Prowse's cross is flicked on to the far post by Kane and miskicked by Sterling. Kane looks to pounce on Sterling's follow-up, taking out both Ismajli and Djimsiti. The referee blows for a foul.
72' Ward-Prowse escapes the attentions of Gjasula to burst down the right. He's got Kane waiting in the centre but can't find his teammate as Albania get back to block.
L. Memushaj
K. Bare
71' Albania make a change of their own. Memushaj is on for Bare.
J. Ward-Prowse
K. Phillips
71' England substitution. Ward-Prowse replaces Phillips at the heart of England's midfield.
70' England see off Albania's free-kick from the left easily enough. The visitors are about to make their first change of the game.
K. Walker
Yellow Card
69' Walker finds his name in the book after Bare intercepts his backheel and the England man responds with a forearm smash. 
67' England get a free-kick outside the box as Sterling's brought down by Laci. Mount's attempted pass through for a teammate is wayward.
65' That's Mount's fourth goal for England. Three of them have been assisted by Kane. Kane's had a direct hand in 18 goals in his last 13 England appearances now. He's so crucial to this England side.
H. Kane
63' England's high press paid dividends there as Sterling won possession for Kane. The three points are starting to look secure for England.
M. Mount
63' GOAL! ALBANIA 0-2 ENGLAND! Mount's clinical finish gives England a two-goal cushion. Sterling cuts out Djimsiti's poor pass and passes to Kane. Kane rolls left to Mount who dinks the ball past Berisha into the far corner.
61' Berisha tries a throughball for Uzuni who's offside.
E. Lenjani
A. Broja
59' Last to go in this raft of changes is Broja. Lenjani, Albania's scorer the other night in Andorra, will slot in at left wing-back.
R. Manaj
S. Cikalleshi
59' Next to be replaced by Albania is Cikalleshi. The Barcelona B striker Manaj is on.
K. Gjasula
H. Memolla
59' Here come those Albania changes. First to go off is Memolla. Gjasula, a defensive midfielder, comes on.
58' Berisha races out of his goal to smother the ball as Sterling looks to race onto it. Hysaj's subtle tug on Sterling makes Berisha's job easier.
56' Sterling earns another England corner as Djimsiti slides in. The corner hits the knee of Kane at the near post and goes out for an Albania goal-kick. Albania are preparing substitutions.
55' England take the corner short and quickly, keeping possession from it. The visitors have upped their tempo greatly since the half-time break.
54' England get a corner as Walker drives into space in Albania's box and cuts back from the byline. Djimsiti is the man who blocks it for Albania.
53' England patiently thread the ball through the middle, eventually finding Walker. Walker's cross from deep is booted away but England will come right back.
52' Stones angles a pass out wide to Shaw who lays off to Mount. Mount sends Sterling through down the left who finds Foden. Berisha tips Foden's low effort onto the left-hand post and out! That was great play from England.
51' England are pressing higher up the pitch now. They seem to have a little more energy early in this second half than they did for most of the first. 
49' Broja robs Rice but can't get past Maguire. Pope booms forward for England and Rice gallops onto the second ball to keep it for the visitors.
48' Sterling tries to get the better of Hysaj who does well to keep the ball under control and get Albania out of trouble.
47' Berisha hurls the ball to Albania's right where England appeal for a push on Mount. The referee isn't interested.
45' Albania get the second half going. No changes for either team at half-time.
Kane has scored in each of his last eight away qualifying matches now, the longest ever run by an England player. At this level the England captain is a cut above his opponents. Kane's goal will have settled England's nerves but they still need to be careful in the second half with Uzuni giving them a scare early on.
Kane's downward header is the difference at the break between Albania and England. It's his first England goal since November 2019. England were sluggish for most of the first half but started to make their dominance show as half-time approached. Albania have worked hard and have had a few chances but haven't worried Pope too much.
45' Berisha catches Kane's cross from the right with Phillips waiting to get on the end of it. That'll be all for now.
43' After a slow start England appear to have woken up. The visitors' lead is timely for them as we approach the half-time break.
41' England almost make it 2-0! Sterling checks onto his right foot to cross from the left and Kane is loitering at the far post. Memolla has no clue that Kane's there and Kane smacks the ball against the crossbar. It should have been a goal.
40' Kane has now scored at 17 different stadiums while playing for England. Only Wayne Rooney (27) and Michael Owen (25) have scored at more. Kane's a man who enjoys his travels.
L. Shaw
38' Shaw's delivery there was great. That's the best passage of play England have put together here and they've scored from it.
H. Kane
38' GOAL! ALBANIA 0-1 ENGLAND! Kane breaks the deadlock, beating Veselli to plant a header into the bottom right corner. Shaw was responsible for the cross from the left.
37' England are looking very predictable. Albania are successfully holding the visitors at arm's length at the moment.
35' Broja scampers down the right to try to latch onto a ball down the line. The midfielder's unable to stop it from going out for an England goal-kick.
34' England circulate the ball from left to right and Albania intercept. Rice trips over Cikalleshi and concedes the free-kick.
33' That Walker shot was the first shot on target in this match. It hasn't been a classic so far, it's fair to say.
32' Maguire is fouled by Broja in England's half. Walker goes for goal from distance and it bounces through to Berisha. That's England's best scoring opportunity so far, which says a lot.
30' Djimsiti clears Stones' direct ball into the box. Foden and Mount are occupying similar space on the right at the moment, making things a little congested for England.
29' Sterling, who's on the left for now, gets a little nibble from Hysaj and earns a free-kick. Foden swings it in and Albania see it away.
28' Foden has been England's brightest spark so far. The midfielder fires across goal from the right. Ismajli makes sure to get rid.
27' Djimsiti reads Shaw's ball in well and stops Sterling from reaching it. That's good defending by the Atalanta defender.
26' Rice has completed all 35 of his passes so far. It's not helping England much at the moment though as they're mostly in safe areas of the pitch.
24' We're halfway through the first half and the best chance so far has gone to Albania. Ismajli has a shot from outside the box blocked and a rogue clearance by Pope goes out for an Albania throw-in. Pope is less comfortable with the ball at his feet than England's usual goalkeeper Pickford.
22' Kane slams the free-kick into the wall. Albania get a free-kick of their own due to some England jostling anyway.
K. Bare
Yellow Card
21' Bare's booked for sliding in on Mount. Albania assemble their wall with Bare lying down behind it.
20' Foden picks up possession in an inside-right position and passes to Mount who gets crunched by Ismajli and Bare. England have a free-kick just inside the D.
18' England are trying to pass through Albania but the hosts aren't giving them any space. Foden fires the ball into the penalty area looking for Kane. It's quickly cleared.
16' Maguire gets hassled by Uzuni and is awarded the free-kick. Albania are doing a decent job of frustrating England so far.
14' England get their third corner of the game down their right. Kane meets it and the ball trickles wide of the right-hand post. The whistle blows for an England foul in the box though.
13' Albania deal with the corner and look to counter. Uzuni approaches the D and lets fly but his shot goes sailing over the crossbar. That's a warning for England.
11' Foden tries to race in behind Ismajli, pressuring the defender into a header that Berisha can't keep in play. It'll be another England corner.
9' Foden takes the corner, sending it towards the far post. Stones flies in to meet it but can't keep his header down.
8' Foden takes the ball down on the left, plays a one-two with Shaw and crosses in towards Mount. England get their first corner of the game out of it.
7' Phillips draws a foul from Bare near the centre circle. Albania are sitting deep until England approach the halfway line, at which point they pounce.
5' It looks as though Foden will play on the left flank and Sterling on the right for England for now. Albania are playing a 3-5-2. Foden loses possession to Cikalleshi who himself loses his footing. England quickly get the ball back.
3' England get themselves comfortable on the ball with Albania remaining patient. Sterling drifts inside from the right and looks to play a pass to Phillips. Memolla is there to intercept.
1' Shaw bustles down the left in an attempt to create a crossing opportunity. The ball gets played off him for an Albania goal-kick.
1' England get this World Cup qualifying match underway!
The two teams are out on the pitch in Tirana. England's players drone through God Save The Queen. Albania sing Himni i Flamurit with a little more gusto.
England have won all four of their previous matches against Albania, with all four of those games coming in the qualifiers for the 1990 and 2002 World Cups. Albania have come on leaps and bounds since then though. They have the potential to make life difficult for England today.
Albania make five changes from their 1-0 win in Andorra. Their centre-back Kumbulla is missing after sustaining a knee injury. There are six changes to England from their dismissal of San Marino. Their captain Kane comes in.
SUBS: Sam Johnstone, Dean Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Reece James, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard, Ben Chilwell, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Ollie Watkins, Conor Coady.
ENGLAND (4-3-3): Nick Pope; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice; Phil Foden, Harry Kane (c), Raheem Sterling.
SUBS: Ledian Memushaj, Erion Hoxhallari, Ylber Ramadani, Arlind Ajeti, Thomas Strakosha, Gentian Selmani, Rey Manaj, Klaus Gjasula, Florian Kamberi, Sherif Kallaku, Ermir Lenjani, Albi Doka.
ALBANIA (4-3-3): Etrit Berisha (c); Elseid Hysaj, Ardian Ismajli, Berat Djimsiti, Frederic Veseli; Qazim Laci, Keidi Bare, Hysen Memolla; Myrto Uzuni, Sokol Cikalleshi, Armando Broja.  
England are also looking to make it two wins from two after comfortably seeing off San Marino 5-0 at Wembley a few days ago. Gareth Southgate's side are still favourites to win here - England last lost away from home in a World Cup qualifier way back in 2009 to Ukraine - but this game is by no means a walkover.
It's 20 years to the day since England last played away at Albania, winning 3-1 in Tirana in March 2001. Albania have grown in recent years though. Edoardo Reja's team have won their last four consecutive matches and are looking to start their World Cup qualifying campaign with two wins after beating Andorra 1-0 last time out.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA group I match between Albania and England at Air Albania Stadium, Tirana.