England vs Kosovo
European Qualifiers Group A
7:45pm Tuesday 10th September
St. Mary’s Stadium
England can place one foot in the Euro 2020 finals on Tuesday and seal of qualifying an unbeaten decade.
The 3 Lions are unbeaten in qualifying for major tournaments as a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in their World Cup 2010 qualifier under Fabio Capello.
Reaching championship finals is becoming somewhat of a specified for English sides because then – but that defeat in 2009 came only two years after one of England’s wildest moments lately, once they missed out on Euro 2008 entirely after a shock home defeat to Croatia in their final qualifying match at Wembley.
Anything but conquer will guarantee England extend what is the longest unbeaten streak of qualifiers one of ahead of their closest rivals, and European sides into its second decade Spain, that are 24 games unbeaten.
Kosovo results show that may not be a simple endeavor, but after they have not lost any of their four qualifiers thus far and came from behind to beat on Czech Republic on Saturday.
The country declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but did not play its first global game and picked up in qualifying for World Cup 2018, a single purpose.
However four wins from six in their Nations League group along with the goalscoring form of Fenerbache striker Vedat Muqiri along with Werder Bremen midfielder Milot Rashica – the latter hurt for Tuesday’s game – have rocketed the country drawn in precisely the same pot as Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands around second spot in Group A.
Sky Sports News understands that Jadon Sancho will begin together with Marcus Rashford for England.
Southgate can also be expected to alter both full-backs – with the Trent Alexander-Arnold along with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell set to come in to Danny Rose along with Kieran Trippier of Liverpool.
Southgate said on Monday:”We may freshen the staff somewhat, that will be significant.
“We don’t have to, everyone is fit and available. We will need to make sure we get the balance right.
“We need to receive the right defending and attacking profiles to make sure that we win the match.”
Harry Kane added his 23rd, 24th and 25th England aims to his tally on Saturday to become only the 13th player in England history to score many hat-tricks to the Three Lions, and the first since Michael Owen took home his second game ball after a friendly against Colombia back in 2005.
Him moved outside England Sir Geoff Hurst at the goalscorer ranks, and even though he still trails its chief Wayne Rooney by some 28 strikes, his captain has been supported by Southgate – fitness pending – to break a record in time.
“I think that it will just be on fitness and avoiding lengthy injuries – matters which are out of your hands – but I’d think everything is there to genuinely challenge it,” Southgate said.
“The fact of that is that there is a reason that just Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Wayne Rooney have got there, as it’s such a tough challenge to stay fit, the number-one choice, concentrated, and motivated to the lengthy time you will need to have the ability to have the games and to get those goals.
“However, if anyone has that power of mentality, for sure it’s Harry.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s match, Kosovo manager Bernard Challandes has issued an extraordinary warning to England over the”mad” pressing they’ll face from his aspect.
As he shouted to the St Mary’s experience during an excuse of the tactical way of Kosovo the 68-year-old Swiss trainer stunned seeing colleagues in his press conference.
“It is strategic pressing,” Challandes said. “In a crazy game, it is go, go back, go, go, go, go, go!
“Perhaps they lose the ball and we dent, since gegenpressing isn’t only defence, it is groundwork for a goal for us. It is, for me, crazy pressing.”
Coming up: September 7 – England vs Bulgaria, Kosovo vs Czech Republic; September 10 – Montenegro Czech Republic vs Kosovo
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