Kane scores a hat-trick in England’s big win

Harry Kane has scored 12 goals for England in 2021

England only need one point from their final qualification in San Marino to confirm their place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after beating Albania at Wembley.

Harry Kane led the race with a hat-trick in the first half as England did light work with a team from Albania that was expected to offer stiff opposition after a very respectable qualifying campaign.

England were five goals ahead and out of sight at half-time, Harry Maguire set them on track with a ninth-minute header from a Reece James free kick, Kane quickly added a second at the far post from a Jordan cross. Henderson.

Henderson scored the third after a skillful trade with Kane before the England captain added two more before the break with a shot from an angle and an impressive scissor kick from the corner by Phil Foden.

Kane is now on par with Jimmy Greaves with 44 goals for England and has scored 39 competitive goals for his country, breaking Wayne Rooney’s record of 37.

Southgate’s system pays dividends

Gareth Southgate’s decision to use two midfielders in Henderson and Kalvin Phillips drew attention, but the system was the same that was used when they defeated Germany in Euro 2020, as well as in the losing final against Italy, and it worked positively. and efficient.

Southgate was determined to put England on the front foot, using James and Ben Chilwell as attacking backs with Henderson showing a particular disposition to advance.

After a combative opening and a scare when goalkeeper Jordan Pickford brilliantly saved Myrto Uzuni after Kyle Walker drove the ball his way at 1-0, England topped Albania with wave after wave of attacks.

Once that anxious moment passed, it was traffic one way with England in complete control and the Albanians at the rear.

Kane returned to his best when he scored three and could easily have doubled that count, while Raheem Sterling also looked strong as England scored all of their goals in the first 45 minutes.

Maguire celebrated his goal with a finger-to-ear celebration that may have been aimed at critics of his recent performances for Manchester United, although it will take more than a goal against Albania to erase memories of those humiliating Old Trafford defeats. against Liverpool and Manchester. Town.

England’s supremacy allowed Southgate to debut Arsenal’s talented Emile Smith Rowe as the game progressed to a low-key finale.

This was a comfortable night for England against mediocre opposition, but Albania has performed well in this group, so Southgate and his players deserve credit for their positive approach and the ruthless way in which they did this job and indeed, because of the way they negotiated the classification. Bell.

They are a group that have always looked favorable and now all England have to do is complete the formalities against San Marino on Monday before they can begin serious preparations for Qatar next year.

‘We’ve had a head start all week’ – what they said

England boss Gareth Southgate speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: “The performance of the first half in general was outstanding.

“I felt like we did all the things we talked about after the last game. We pushed really well, which made life so awkward for the opposition, our move was good. Harry [Kane] gave a fantastic performance from center forward.

“Any team is at its best when it has an advantage and I felt we had that advantage all week. We wanted to respond to a performance that was unusually poor for us. We were very clear in identifying why. I felt all the players in the squad responded very well to that.

“We are in a very good position now and now we owe it to our supporters to travel to San Marino and end the group.”

Man of the match

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  1. Squad numbertwenty-onePlayer’s nameRoshi

  2. Squad number17Player’s nameRamadani

  3. Squad number6Player’s nameDermaku

  4. Squad number13Player’s nameMihaj

  5. Squad number14Player’s nameThe CI

  6. Squad number18Player’s nameIsmajli

  7. Squad numberelevenPlayer’s nameUzuni

  8. Squad numbertwentyPlayer’s nameTrashi

  9. Squad numbersixteenPlayer’s nameCikalleshi

  10. Squad number23Player’s nameStrakosha

  11. Squad numberfifteenPlayer’s nameKumbulla

  12. Squad number4Player’s nameHysaj

  13. Squad number8Player’s nameGjasula

  14. Squad number5Player’s nameVeseli

  15. Squad number10Player’s nameBajrami

  16. Squad number7Player’s nameNaked



Training 3-4-3

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 6Maguire
  • 4JamesReplaced forAlexander-Arnoldto 77 ‘minutes
  • 8Henderson
  • 7PhillipsReplaced forBellinghamto 64 ‘minutes
  • 3Chilwell
  • elevenFodenReplaced forGrealishto 63 ‘minutes
  • 9KaneReplaced forAbrahamto 63 ‘minutes
  • 10Pound sterlingReplaced forSmith roweto 77 ‘minutes


  • 12Alexander-Arnold
  • 13Johnstone
  • 14Grealish
  • fifteenMings
  • sixteenCoady
  • 17Abraham
  • 18Bellingham
  • 19Smith rowe
  • twentySaka
  • 22Ramsdale


Training 3-4-3

  • 23Strakosha
  • 18IsmajliReserved at 25 minutes
  • fifteenKumbullaReplaced forDermakuto 17 ‘minutes
  • 5Veseli
  • 4Hysaj
  • 8GjasulaBooked in 8 minutes
  • 7NakedReplaced forThe CIto 12 ‘minutesReserved at 67 minutes
  • twentyTrashiReplaced forMihajto Four. Five ‘minutes
  • elevenUzuniReplaced forRoshito 86 ‘minutes
  • sixteenCikalleshiReserved at 21 minutes
  • 10BajramiReplaced forRamadanito Four. Five ‘minutes


  • 1Berisha
  • 2Hoxhallari
  • 3Lenjani
  • 6Dermaku
  • 9Çekiçi
  • 12Selmani
  • 13Mihaj
  • 14The CI
  • 17Ramadani
  • 19Balaj
  • twenty-oneRoshi
  • 22Doka

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