TV channel, kick-off time, team news for World Cup qualifier

ENGLAND host Albania as they close in on a World Cup 2022 spot.

The Three Lions will be guaranteed of advancing to Qatar with four points in their next two games – although they can secure progression on Friday night with a win over Albania and if Poland fail to beat Andorra.

Arsenal No 10 Emile Smith Rowe is set to make his debut


Arsenal No 10 Emile Smith Rowe is set to make his debut

And they will be boosted at Wembley by the debut of Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe, 21.

Smith Rowe has carried his fine form into this season, scoring five goals for the Gunners.

The playmaker revealed how he reacted to the call from Gareth Southgate telling him the news of his call up.

Smith Rowe said: “It was a great moment for me and my family – I ran downstairs straight away and told my mum.


“It was very emotional. They were so proud of me.”

Smith Rowe admitted he was ‘really nervous’ ahead of his first Three Lions training session and the experience is ‘yet to sink in’.

He added: “Obviously I play against these guys every week but for England it’s always different.

“Wearing the same training kit and passing the ball to each other – it’s crazy to be alongside these great players.

“Harry Kane, captain of England, what he’s done – it’s crazy to be training with him.

“[Raheem] Sterling as well. I always knew training would be difficult. It still hasn’t sunk in I’m actually here yet.”

When is England vs Albania?

  • England vs Albania takes place on Friday, November 12.
  • The match kicks off at 7.45pm.
  • Wembley Stadium in London plays host.

What TV channel and live stream is England vs Albania on?

England vs Albania will be broadcast live on ITV 1 and the ITV Hub.

ITV begin their coverage at 7pm.

Mark Pougatch presents live coverage with Ian Wright, Roy Keane and Jermain Defoe providing the analysis. Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon are on commentary.

How can I watch England vs Albania for FREE?

ITV is free-to-air for those in the UK with a valid TV licence.

What is the team news?

England look set to experiment with a devastating 4-2-1-3 formation against Albania – with Phil Foden deployed in the No10.

Gareth Southgate has used a variety of shapes and tactics during his five years in charge.

The predicted starting XI sees regular No1 Jordan Pickford keep his spot between the sticks.

In front of him is a standard back four – rather than the three we have often seen under Southgate.

Kyle Walker and Ben Chilwell are the full-backs either side of John Stones and Harry Maguire.

Jordan Henderson gets the nod in midfield alongside Kalvin Phillips.

Phil Foden is set to play the No 10 role


Phil Foden is set to play the No 10 role

What are the odds?

England to win: 1/10

Draw: 17/2

Albania to win: 30/1

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