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England vs Albania LIVE! World Cup qualifier



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…

Live updates

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England team news

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.

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How to watch England vs Albania

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.

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Welcome!

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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