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England vs Albania: predictions, kick-off time, TV, live broadcast, team news, h2h results for the World Cup qualifiers

England can make 2022 World Cup qualification a formality by beating Albania at Wembley on Friday.

Gareth Southgate’s side have stuttered with draws against Poland and Hungary in the last two international breaks, but hold a three-point lead over the Poles with two games remaining in Group I – including one against San Marino.

The first is an Albanian team who have excelled under Edy Reja, the Italian companion who has overseen a positive period for the Balkan nation since taking office in March 2019.

England won the second leg in Tirana thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Mason Mount – and haven’t lost a game in 90 minutes for almost a full calendar year.

Kick-off date, time and location

England v Albania is scheduled to kick off at 7.45 p.m. GMT on Friday 12 November 2021.

Wembley Stadium in London will host the match.

Where to watch England vs Albania

TV channel: The game will be televised on ITV, with coverage starting at 7 p.m.

Direct: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online through the ITV Hub website or app.

You can also follow the action on Standard Sport with our LIVE Match Blog.

England vs Albania team news

Gareth Southgate is waiting for Mason Mount and Luke Shaw before settling into his roster for Friday’s game. Dental surgery has delayed the Chelsea midfielder’s arrival, although he was absent from the bench in Saturday’s draw with Burnley.

Manchester United defender Shaw received a blow to the head in his side’s derby loss to Manchester City and is being watched under concussion protocol.

Southgate will have to decide whether to stick with their more offensive formation of 4-3-3 after the draw with Hungary or revert to a 4-2-3-1 with Kalvin Phillips alongside Declan Rice.

Albania are missing Chelsea striker on loan from Southampton, Armando Broja (ankle) and defender Berat Djimsiti.

England vs Albania Prediction

Albania have presented themselves as unlikely candidates for a play-off place in these qualifiers, but a trip to Wembley should be a step too far for Edy Reja’s side.

A comfortable 2-0 victory in Tirana showed that England are the top team and this opportunity is well within the capabilities of the Three Lions.

History and results of face to face (h2h)


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