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.”

Follow all the latest updates and analysis from Wembley:

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

18 mins: Harry Kane’s got his goal!

Michael Jones12 November 2021 20:07

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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England 0 – 0 Albania

3 mins: England look a bit sketchy as Albania press up the pitch. They still trying to find their feet in the game without being put under too much pressure. Jordan Pickford has sent a few long passes up to Harry Kane with the England captain winning the aerial balls.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 19:53

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England 0 – 0 Albania

Kick off: There’s a moment’s silence to remember 1966 World Cup winner Ron Flowers who passed away earlier today.

The referee then blows his whistle, England take the knee and Albania get the match underway.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 19:49

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England vs Albania

Here come the teams. Harry Kane leads England out onto the Wembley pitch. The national anthems are played. Kick off is next…

Michael Jones12 November 2021 19:42

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Wembley is rocking now. Sweet Caroline is played throught he speakers and there’s a light show as we wait for the players to head onto the pitch.

The fans will be hoping for a good, dominating performance from England tonight. If they win they’ll pretty much be at the World Cup next year.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 19:39

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