Kosovo - Euro Qualifying - 10 September 2019

Should Rashford be in the England Squad!? Does Mason Mount need to start!? Watford sack Gracia!

The last time England played at St Mary's they were held to a 2-2 draw by a plucky Macedonia side in a Euro 2004 qualifier nearly 17 years ago - Southgate was an unused substitute that night and will be hoping for a better outcome on his global return to the south coast.

And Sterling also went close to getting his second late on but he saw his effort strike the post.

England opened up a four-goal advantage before the break.

But Southgate is ready to show sufficient trust in his squad to shuffle his pack from the weekend as the likes of Jadon Sancho and Trent Alexander-Arnold push for starts.

Kosovo keeper Aro Muric denied Harry Kane a second of the night, saving the England forward's spot kick after Ross Barkley had been tripped up just inside the area to keep the deficit at two.

Sloppy play allowed Kosovo to net first after the restart.

Harry Maguire took down Vedat Muriqi in the box and he would go on to dispatch his penalty past Pickford.

POOR England! They're finding it so easy it's becoming boring.

Kosovo are the 50th Uefa nation to play England in a soccer match.

Kane's hat-trick was his 25th England goal in 40 appearances, overtaking Sir Geoff Hurst and putting himself on course to catch Wayne Rooney's England record of 53 goals in 120 appearances. On current form, few players in the world are as unsafe as the City star, who it is easy to forget is only 24 years old.

Kane has now scored six goals in qualifying - not to mention the fact he has now scored 19 goals for England whilst wearing the captain's armband.

- England have scored five goals in three different matches in 2019 - the first time they have done so that many times in a calendar year since 1960 (also three).

- England conceded a goal inside the opening minute of an global match for the first time since November 1993, when Davide Gualtieri netted for San Marino.

The result puts England firmly in control of Group A on 12 points, with the Three Lions next in action against Czech Republic on October 11. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us he's had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists.



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