Albania vs England LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of World Cup qualifier today


Gareth Southgate leads England against Albania

England continue their road to World Cup 2022 with their second qualifier on Sunday afternoon, heading to Tirana to face Albania.

A routine 5-0 win over San Marino in their first match in midweek was little more than a positive training exercise in truth, but the expectation will be on another convincing victory here to start two wins from two. Albania took three points of their own in midweek, though a one-goal victory over Andorra will not offer too much concern to Gareth Southgate and Co. The England boss acknowledged that beating San Marino was unlikely to register as a notable achievement even in qualifying, but praised his team for pressing and having intensity for the duration of the 90 minutes.

Ahead of the game with Albania, the manager also spoke in glowing terms about the progress made by midfielder Jude Bellingham, who will be hoping to win his third cap in the match if changes are made from midweek. England will have hopes of ending this international break with nine points already on the board in pursuit of the finals next year – they face Poland at Wembley on Wednesday – but to do so there must be no slip-ups here against the team ranked 66th in the world by Fifa.

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Albania vs England

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Albania vs England, the second group game for both nations in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

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