England vs Albania LIVE! World Cup qualifier match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction today

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England vs Albania LIVE! World Cup qualifier match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction today

England vs Albania - LIVE!

England are back in action at Wembley, as Gareth Southgate’s side continue to move closer to officially securing qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

The Three Lions need four points from their final two matches in Group I to confirm their place in Qatar, so a win against Albania tonight would leave England requiring just a point from their trip to San Marino on Monday.

Poland are currently three points behind England in the group, although Albania are only two points further back and so have not completely given up their own hopes of qualifying.

The last international break ended in a stumbling performance for Southgate’s men, drawing 1-1 at home to Hungary, and so they will be keen to get back to winning ways this evening.

Harry Kane and Mason Mount scored in the reverse fixture earlier this year, a 2-0 win in Tirana, and the England captain will be looking to put a frustrating start to the season behind him by adding to his tally of 41 international goals.

You can follow all the action LIVE with our blog below...

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England vs Albania latest news

  • Kick-off: 7:45pm, Wembley Stadium

  • How to watch: ITV1

  • England team news: Back three likely

  • Prediction: England 3-0 Albania

Kane on a potential new contract for Southgate

Friday 12 November 2021 21:54 , Matt Verri

“Personally [me] and a lot of the lads love Gareth. We want him to stay as long as possible.

“It’s his personal decision, and we’ll back him whatever he does.”

Harry Kane’s reaction post-match

Friday 12 November 2021 21:50 , Matt Verri

“Incredible performance, really. The pressure was on us a little bit as we needed to get this result, coming off the back of the last game when we didn’t finish as we wanted to.

“Can’t credit the lads enough. It’s a great way to get closer to qualifying. Whenever you pull on an England shirt, you want to do everyone proud. Everyone was ready for this one.

“We came out on fire and got the three points. I could probably have had six on another night!”

Special night for Emile Smith Rowe

Friday 12 November 2021 21:47 , Matt Verri

Reaction from Dan Kilpatrick

Friday 12 November 2021 21:43 , Matt Verri

FT: England 5-0 Albania

Friday 12 November 2021 21:39 , Matt Verri

England are just a point away from Qatar 2022, and you’d fancy them to pick up a very comfortable win against San Marino on Monday.

Harry Kane stole the show with a first-half hat-trick as England blitzed past Albania, who had no answer as the hosts put in a rampant display.

Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire also on the scoresheet - a job well done for Gareth Southgate’s side.

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(The FA via Getty Images)

Friday 12 November 2021 21:36 , Matt Verri

89 mins: Nice move from England, Grealish combining well with Abraham. The Manchester City midfielder lays it in to Bellingham, who could have shot, but he plays it out wide to Alexander-Arnold.

He does shoot, but it’s blocked. Bellingham probably had the better chance, but was unselfish.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:34 , Matt Verri

88 mins: Crowd still making a good noise, considering the lack of action on show for much of the second-half. But they had plenty to enjoy in the first 45 minutes.

Smith Rowe dropping deeper and deeper, wanting to get on the ball as much as possible on his debut.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:31 , Matt Verri

84 mins: Pickford stands with the ball at his feet for a fair few seconds, waiting for an Albanian player to come and close him down. They don’t.

Eventually he throws it out, and England are on the attack. Grealish has a shot from range, deflected behind for a corner.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:28 , Matt Verri

81 mins: Looks like England might have gone to a back four, Walker at right-back and Alexander-Arnold playing further forward.

Not that it particularly matters at this stage, England players have all the freedom they could wish for to roam around the pitch.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:26 , Matt Verri

79 mins: Smith Rowe with his first touch on the ball, and it’s a dangerous, driving run. Eventually barged off it, no foul given.

Abraham very nearly has space for a shot on goal in the box, but gets the ball stuck under his feet and trips ove

James Robson at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 21:24 , Matt Verri

No surprise to see James coming off. Have to question why he stayed on as long as he did after such a sickening clash of heads with Stones. With the game won, there really wasn’t the need to risk leaving him out there.

A brilliant performance from him overall though.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:23 , Matt Verri

76 mins: Two more changes for England. Reece James off, Trent Alexander-Arnold.

And Emile Smith Rowe is on for his England debut, with Raheem Sterling making way. The Arsenal man has a big smile on his face.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:21 , Matt Verri

74 mins: Better from England. Ball drops to Grealish on the left, he tries to fire it back across goal to where Abraham is free, but the goalkeeper cuts it out.

Hysaj tries to lead an Albanian counter, but nobody goes with him and he has to settle for turning back and keeping the ball.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:19 , Matt Verri

73 mins: Albania enjoying some of their best possession of the match, with England having no real incentive to keep pushing.

Grealish and Bellingham both look keen to drive forward when they get the ball, keen to make an impact.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:17 , Matt Verri

70 mins: The Chelsea man is ok to continue.

Not only that, he very nearly scores! Great one-two with Bellingham who backheels it to James, but his effort is a scuffed one and it’s well wide.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:15 , Matt Verri

68 mins: James is sitting up and Stones is on his feet, but that was a heavy impact for both players. Stretchers were brought on, but they both look ok for now.

Stones is going to carry on, James just being checked on the side of the pitch.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:13 , Matt Verri

66 mins: Balls deflects up into the air in the England box... Laci goes for the overhead kick. James and Stones both go to head it away, but end up clashing heads themselves, as well as taking a bit of a blow from the foot of the striker. Nasty collision.

Laci is booked for the high foot.

James Robson at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 21:11 , Matt Verri

Three subs for England - and it felt like it was needed. It’s been a bit flat this half. With Grealish and Abraham on, you can be sure they will want to make an impression.

Good to see Bellingham on as well.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:09 , Matt Verri

62 mins: It is indeed time for subs. Three of them for England.

Kane is off, he did his work in a brilliant first-half display. Abraham on to replace him.

Bellingham and Grealish also brought on by Southgate, with Foden and Phillips making way.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:07 , Matt Verri

60 mins: Mexican waves in full flow at Wembley.

On the pitch... there’s not much happening. Almost time for some substitutions for England, you feel.

Dan Kilpatrick at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 21:04 , Matt Verri

The second half was always in danger of being subdued after England’s 45-minute rout but the hosts still look threatening, and Kane in particular appears in the mood to do more damage.

Friday 12 November 2021 21:02 , Matt Verri

55 mins: Another free-kick for England... Albania have not covered themselves in glory defending these kind of situations.

Foden and James stand over it. James whips it in, straight through everyone and behind for a goal kick. Great ball in, but nobody had continued their run.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:58 , Matt Verri

51 mins: Kane is not in a passing mood! Henderson fires it into the striker, again with no pressure on him.

He has Foden and Sterling to his right, but opts to go for goal himself. High and wide.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:56 , Matt Verri

49 mins: Low-key start to the second-half, especially by the standards set in the opening period.

Albania pass it around without too much pressure put on them. England eventually win it back... Albania are still trying to press them as much as they can.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:53 , Matt Verri

47 mins: Two subs for Albania at the break. Sure Ramadani and Mihaj are delighted to be brought on to deal with this.

Brighter start from the visitors though, Pickford into action early. Simple enough save.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:50 , Matt Verri

Players back out for the second-half.

England will be hoping Albania are in a similarly generous mood after the break. If they are, we could be looking at any score.

Henderson got in on the action too...

Friday 12 November 2021 20:49 , Matt Verri

Not a bad 45 minutes

Friday 12 November 2021 20:47 , Matt Verri

Kane’s third and England’s fifth

Friday 12 November 2021 20:41 , Matt Verri

HALF-TIME

Friday 12 November 2021 20:38 , Matt Verri

And breathe. Half-time whistle goes, and England are 5-0 up at Wembley.

Maguire with a header, Henderson with a lovely finish, and Kane with a ruthless hat-trick. Albania have had yellow cards, forced substitutions, and terrible defending.

 (Action Images via Reuters)
(Action Images via Reuters)

GOAL! England 5-0 Albania | Harry Kane 45+2'

Friday 12 November 2021 20:36 , Matt Verri

WHAT. A. GOAL.

Albania very nearly score an own goal, but it drops clear and goes behind for a corner.

Kane peels off to the back post from the corner, his marker gets nowhere near him, and it’s an outrageous scissor-kick past the helpless goalkeeper. Hat-trick for Kane, a stunning way to get there.

James Robson at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 20:33 , Matt Verri

It’s not happening for Sterling tonight. He just can’t get his range in with his passing.

Good luck to Southgate if he wants to take Kane off at any point. He’s really enjoying himself out there.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:32 , Matt Verri

43 mins: Losing count of how many goals Kane could have had.

Foden with a backheel into the path of James, and he whips in a cross. Kane makes a great run and diverts it towards the far post with a diving header, but doesn’t quite get enough on it.

Dan Kilpatrick at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 20:30 , Matt Verri

Albania are having a dreadful night but Kane has not looked this sharp since the European Championship. The captain has already passed Wayne Rooney as England’s top scorer of competitive goals and you wouldn’t bet against him getting a hat-trick tonight.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:30 , Matt Verri

41 mins: England are not letting up. Kane this time turns provider, and plays Sterling in. Defender tries to slide in, but just knocks it on further into Sterling’s path.

He tries to find his club teammate Foden in the middle, but it’s just behind him and the ball is hacked clear.

Sterling looks so dangerous... just overhits a ball through to Chilwell this time.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:27 , Matt Verri

39 mins: Kane so, so close to a hat-trick!

He just waits at the far post for the ball to come in. Sterling delivers, the England captain brings it down, and fires an effort just wide of the far post. Goalkeeper barely moved.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:25 , Matt Verri

36 mins: England knocking it around now with all the confidence in the world. Albania still not sure whether they’re fulling pressing or not.

Henderson tries to play it over the top for Kane, but the striker knew he was offside and held his run.

GOAL! England 4-0 Albania | Harry Kane 33'

Friday 12 November 2021 20:23 , Matt Verri

It’s carnage at Wembley!

Sterling with loads of time to pick out a pass, and slides it in to Kane. He has time to turn, work it on the outside onto his left foot, and fire a thumping finish across the goalkeeper and into the far corner.

James Robson at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 20:21 , Matt Verri

What an absolute horror show for Albania. Three bookings, two substitutions and three goals down inside half an hour.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:21 , Matt Verri

32 mins: Sterling with a jinking run in the box, past the challenges... penalty? Doesn’t quite go to ground, so nothing given.

Kane’s then allowed to curl an effort on goal, and it’s a brilliant save to deny the England captain. Defence is non-existent. Stones heads over from the resulting corner.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:19 , Matt Verri

30 mins: Goal stands... and it’s very nearly four just seconds later!

England straight back on the attack, Sterling slides it into the box, and Kane’s effort is well-blocked as it looked certain that he would score.

The home side are absolutely rampant.

GOAL! England 3-0 Albania | Jordan Henderson 29’

Friday 12 November 2021 20:17 , Matt Verri

What a brilliant goal!

Henderson plays it into Kane on the edge of the box, and he plays it back to the Liverpool man.

He drives into the box, cuts it back onto his left foot to wrong-foot the defender, and then tucks it away wonderfully with his weaker foot.

Great move, and a lovely finish.

Hang on though, VAR check...

Friday 12 November 2021 20:16 , Matt Verri

27 mins: Cikalleshi cuts inside onto his left foot and lets fly from just outside the box. Comfortable enough save for Pickford.

Such an open match so far. Henderson with another ball into the box, but this time Albania head it clear.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:15 , Matt Verri

26 mins: That’s now three yellow cards for Albania.

Could be a tight battle between Albania cards and England goals tonight. Will the visitors even keep 11 men on the pitch?

James Robson at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 20:12 , Matt Verri

There was a lot to like about that goal from an England perspective, but credit must go to James, who showed impressive strength to hold off Trashi.

After that it was slick work between Foden and Henderson. But Kane will never have an easier finish.

Where on earth were Albania’s defenders?

Friday 12 November 2021 20:10 , Matt Verri

21 mins: It’s a shambles of a start from Albania. Cikalleshi booked for dissent.

They’re pressing high, flying into challenges... but seemingly not marking at all in the box. Not a good combination.

GOAL! England 2-0 Albania | Harry Kane 18'

Friday 12 November 2021 20:07 , Matt Verri

Harry Kane on the scoresheet... level with Wayne Rooney’s record for competitive England goals.

Powerful run from James, eventually loses the ball. Foden slides in Henderson on the right, he gets to the byline and stands up a lovely ball into the box.

Kane is completely free in the six-yard box, and it’s the simplest of headers. England already entirely in control.

Dan Kilpatrick at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 20:05 , Matt Verri

Albania should be level after the most careless back pass from Kyle Walker. Myrto Uzuni just took the shot too early. There was no-one near him, so he could have advanced another few yards and given Jordan Pickford less time to read the shot.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:04 , Matt Verri

14 mins: Wow, how are Albania not level?!

Walker with a dreadful backpass, and Uzuni is clean through on goal. He almost had too much time, but he’s taken the shot in a bit of a rushed manner.

Really good save from Pickford, but Uzuni should not have given him a chance.

Maguire enjoyed that one...

Friday 12 November 2021 20:03 , Matt Verri

James Robson at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 20:01 , Matt Verri

It was a brilliant cross from James for Maguire’s goal. England should get plenty more opportunities to get the ball into the box from set pieces given how robust some of Albania’s challenges has been.

Friday 12 November 2021 20:00 , Matt Verri

11 mins: Should be two!

Ball is loose in the Albanian half, and Foden is onto it. He drives forward, nobody comes to close him down, and so he lets fly from the edge of the box.

Well over the bar, wild effort. Should have done better.

Bare off for Albania with an injury, Laci on in midfield in his place.

GOAL! England 1-0 Albania | Harry Maguire 9'

Friday 12 November 2021 19:58 , Matt Verri

England into the lead early, and it’s Harry Maguire with the goal!

Gjasula is into the book for a really poor challenge, and it gives England the free-kick in a dangerous position.

It’s clipped in to the back post, and Maguire has a free run onto the ball. He’s not going to miss with the header from there.

Dan Kilpatrick at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 19:56 , Matt Verri

Raheem Sterling had a strong case for at least a free-kick after that barge from Kumbulla.

The Man City forward and Harry Kane are England’s biggest goal threats and both bang out of form, so it’s encouraging to see Sterling being so positive in the early exchanges.

Friday 12 November 2021 19:56 , Matt Verri

6 mins: Rain now falling heavily at Wembley.

Reece James has his first break into Albanian territory, but Veseli does well to cover and stop the Chelsea man getting a cross into the box.

Bare down for Albania, physios on to help him out.

James Robson at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 19:54 , Matt Verri

I would have liked to have seen Bellingham start tonight, given the absences England have got. Has to be said there is still an element of caution in Southgate’s starting XI with three at the back and Henderson and Phillips in midfield.

Friday 12 November 2021 19:53 , Matt Verri

4 mins: That is surely a bit too lenient though!

Sterling breaks into space, beats a couple of defenders for space, and Kumbulla seemingly shoves him over right on the edge of the area. Penalty? Free-kick? Neither given.

Friday 12 November 2021 19:51 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Referee not going to be giving many soft free-kicks it would appear. Chilwell goes down assuming he’ll get the decision, no whistle.

Uzunu does the same for Albania, but the official gives it the other way.

Kick-off!

Friday 12 November 2021 19:49 , Matt Verri

England looking to put that disappointing performance and result against Hungary behind them, and effectively secure World Cup qualification.

Albania get us underway!

Friday 12 November 2021 19:43 , Matt Verri

Teams are out onto the pitch.

Very decent amount of Albanian fans at Wembley, and they help produce a hearty rendition of their national anthem.

 (Action Images via Reuters)
(Action Images via Reuters)

Friday 12 November 2021 19:38 , Matt Verri

Sweet Caroline, a lights show... Wembley pulling out all the stops for the big crowd tonight.

Players are in the tunnel, not long to go now.

Roy Keane on Kane’s form

Friday 12 November 2021 19:35 , Matt Verri

The ITV pundit is not exactly full of sympathy for Kane and his failed move over the summer...

“He needs to snap out of it. He plays for Spurs, he should be used to disappointment.”

Kick-off approaching

Friday 12 November 2021 19:30 , Matt Verri

Just about 15 minutes to go until kick-off at Wembley, where it’s a sell-out. The crowd will be expecting a win, and an exciting one at that.

 (The FA via Getty Images)
(The FA via Getty Images)

Kane fully focused again

Friday 12 November 2021 19:23 , Matt Verri

After a summer full of distractions, Harry Kane believes he is back on the right path and the goals will soon follow.

Read more on what the Tottenham man had to say with this piece from Dan Kilpatrick.

Kane: I know the goals will come, there is no doubt about that

England players are in the building

Friday 12 November 2021 19:16 , Matt Verri

Phil Foden will be looking to continue the impressive form he has shown at club level, and produce for England tonight.

Kalvin Phillips is without his midfielder partner from the Euros, Declan Rice, but in Jordan Henderson has a man with plenty of experience alongside him.

 (The FA via Getty Images)
(The FA via Getty Images)

James Robson at Wembley

Friday 12 November 2021 19:08 , Matt Verri

Long unbeaten run

Friday 12 November 2021 18:59 , Matt Verri

England have not lost a World Cup qualifier since they were beaten in Ukraine 1-0, more than 12 years ago. Rob Green was sent-off that day, in October 2009, after just 14 minutes.

Gareth Southgate and this England side will not want to be the ones to end the long streak.

How the visitors will start...

Friday 12 November 2021 18:48 , Matt Verri

Albania XI: Strakosha, Veseli, Kumbulla, Ismajili, Trashi, Bajrami, Gjasula, Bare, Hysaj, Uzuni, Cikalleshi.

Last time the sides met...

Friday 12 November 2021 18:41 , Matt Verri

Harry Kane and Mason Mount were on the scoresheet as England eased to victory in Tirana back in March.

Friday 12 November 2021 18:33 , Matt Verri

It’s an exciting bench for England, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, and Emile Smith-Rowe all waiting to be called upon.

Southgate will be hoping he can do so at some point in the second-half with the match already secured...

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

England XI

Friday 12 November 2021 18:20 , Matt Verri

Here is that England team, and it’s just as expected.

Prediction

Friday 12 November 2021 18:15 , Matt Verri

Albania have made themselves unlikely candidates for a play-off position during these qualifiers but a trip to Wembley should be one step too far for Edy Reja’s team.

A comfortable 2-0 win in Tirana showed England are the superior side and this occasion is well within the Three Lions’ capabilities.

England 3-0 Albania

England team news

Friday 12 November 2021 18:05 , Matt Verri

Chelsea duo Reece James and Ben Chilwell are set to start as wing backs as Gareth Southgate prepares to revert to a back three against Albania.

Southgate is without Declan Rice after he withdrew from the squad due to illness and Mason Mount will also miss the game at Wembley after having his wisdom teeth removed.

Southgate is set to go with a back three of Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire. Harry Kane will lead the line flanked by Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.

Predicted XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; James, Henderson, Phillips, Chilwell; Sterling, Kane, Foden.

 (PA)
(PA)

How to watch England vs Albania

Friday 12 November 2021 17:52 , Matt Verri

TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised on ITV, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: Viewers in the UK will be able to watch the match online via the website or ITV Hub app.

You can of course also follow all the action right here on Standard Sport.

Welcome!

Friday 12 November 2021 17:40 , Matt Verri

Good and evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of England’s World Cup qualifier against Albania at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s side know a win would all but secure their place at the World Cup in Qatar next year, with just a trip to San Marino left in Group I after tonight’s match.

We have Dan Kilpatrick and James Robson at Wembley, and stay tuned for all the build-up and team news ahead of kick-off at 7:45pm GMT.

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