England vs Kosovo
Europe – UEFA Euro Qualifying
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Kick-off at 7.45pm UK
Venue: Southampton Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium
Referee: Felix Zwayer, Germany
After playing out draws in their opening two matches, Kosovo have since secured wins over Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to go second in Group A.
Kosovo have impressed as well, though, with two wins and two draws from their four matches, coming off a victory over the Czechs on Saturday.
England have won all three games in Group A while Kosovo sit a point behind in second place – on eight points – as the only other unbeaten team.Though England will expect a victory, Southgate will likely select a strong side as they meet their most dangerous opponents of their qualifying campaign so far.
England made it three wins from three in Euro 2020 qualifying as they breezed past Bulgaria on Saturday and it means they have now scored 14 and conceded just the once in Group A.
Kosovo are their closest competitors to top spot having earned eight points, albeit having played a game more. They are unbeaten in qualifying and will give England a stern test at St. Mary’s.
However, while Kosovo will put up more resistance that some of their Group A opponents, England have the quality to make it four wins from four.
Kosovo boss Bernard Challandes has no fresh injury issues for their Group A clash with England.
He could name the same XI that started the 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard are the two England players to miss out, but Gareth Southgate has no fresh injury concerns from their 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday.
The Three Lions boss may elect to freshen his squad up for Tuesday’s meeting with Kosovo.
Jadon Sancho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold could all come in for Marcus Rashford, Ross Barkley and Kieran Trippier, while Ben Chilwell may also start in place of Danny Rose at left-back.
England have won 14 of their last 17 matches (European Championship).
England have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 matches (European Championship).
England have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches (European Championship).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in England’s last 4 games (European Championship).
Current England squad is:
Forwards: Harry Kane, Callum Wilson, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford
Midfilders: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley, Jesse Lingard, James Maddison, Harry Winks, Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice
Defenders: Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell
Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Current Kosovo squad is:
Forwards: Atdhe Nuhiu, Elbasan Rashani, Vedat Muriqi, Edon Zhegrova
Midfilders: Anel Rashkaj, Valon Berisha, Besar Halimi, Bernard Berisha, Bersant Celina, Florent Hadergjonaj, Idriz Voca, Florent Muslija, Florent Hasani
Defenders: Leart Paqarda, Amir Rrahmani, Fidan Aliti, Mergim Vojvoda, Mirlind Kryeziu, Ibrahim Drešević
Goalkeepers: Samir Ujkani, Arijanet Murić, Visar Bekaj