15 Oct England vs Kosovo preview: Hosts can seal unbeaten decade of qualifying
England vs Kosovo
European Qualifiers Group A
7:45pm Tuesday 10th September
St. Mary’s Stadium
England can put 1 foot from the 2020 finals with victory over Kosovo on Tuesday , and seal of qualifying a one-hundred.
In qualifying for major tournaments as a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in their final World Cup 2010 qualifier under then-manager Fabio Capello, the 3 Lions are unbeaten.
Reaching championship finals has become a bit of a given for English sides since then – but defeat at 2009 came only two years after one of England’s darkest 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 defeat will ensure England extend what is currently the longest unbeaten run of qualifiers among ahead of their rivals, and European sides into its next decade Spain, that are 24 games unbeaten.
Kosovo’s recent results show that might not be a simple undertaking, however, after they haven’t lost any of the four qualifiers so far and came from behind to beat on Czech Republic on Saturday.
The nation declared independence in 2008 from Serbia but didn’t perform its first official international match until 2014, also picked up just a purpose in qualifying for World Cup 2018.
However four wins in their Nations League set along with the goalscoring type of Fenerbache striker Vedat Muqiri along with Werder Bremen midfielder Milot Rashica – that the latter injured for Tuesday’s match – have rocketed the country drawn in precisely exactly the same pot as Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands around second place in Group A.
Sky Sports News knows that Jadon Sancho will start using Marcus Rashford for England.
Southgate is expected to change the two full-backs – together with the Ben Chilwell set to come in to Kieran Trippier along with Danny Rose of Leicester and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Southgate said on Monday:”We could freshen the staff somewhat, that’ll be important.
“We don’t need to, everybody is fit and available. We will need to be certain we get the balance right.
“We need to get the right attacking and defending profiles to make sure that we win the game.”
Harry Kane introduced his 23rd, 24th and 25th England goals to his tally on Saturday to become only the 13th player in England background to score multiple hat-tricks to the 3 Lions, and the first since Michael Owen took home his second match ball following a friendly against Colombia back in 2005.
Him transferred beyond England great Sir Geoff Hurst at the all-time goalscorer positions, and even though he still trails its leader Wayne Rooney with some 28 strikes, his captain has been supported by Southgate – gym – to break that record in time.
“I think it will only be all on fitness and preventing extended injuries – matters that are out of your control – but I would think everything else is there to really battle it,” Southgate said.
“The reality of this is that there’s a reason that just Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Wayne Rooney have got there, because it’s such a difficult challenge to stay fit, the number-one choice, focused, motivated to the lengthy time which you need to be able to get the games and to find those goals.
“However, if anyone has that power of mentality, for sure it’s Harry.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s match, Kosovo director Bernard Challandes has issued an extraordinary warning to England over the”mad” pressing they’ll face out of his aspect.
The trainer stunned seeing reporters at his press conference on Sunday as he shouted to the St Mary’s encounter during an excuse of Kosovo’s tactical approach.
“It is tactical pressing,” Challandes said. “In a mad match, it is go, go back, go, go, go, go, go!
“Maybe they shed the ball and we score, since gegenpressing is not only defence, it’s 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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