Kosovo vs England LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, Raheem Sterling decision


KOSOVO vs ENGLAND

  • England have only lost one of their last 24 competitive away games
  • Gareth Southgate’s side have scored 34 goals in just nine games in 2019
  • Harry Kane’s hat-trick against Montenegro last time out moved him onto 31 goals for England
  • The Three Lions have already qualified as group winners for next summer’s tournament

Kosovo XI: Muric, Hadergjonaj, Aliti, Rashica, Celina, Rrahmani, Berisha, Vojvoda,Kololli Dresevic, Nuhiu

England XI: Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Mings, Chilwell; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rice, Winks; Sterling, Kane, Hudson-Odoi

English brothers

16:10: Well this makes a nice change…

Locals have put up hundreds of St George’s flags and welcome banners as an extraordinary greeting shown to England’s players and supporters in Kosovo.

The Three Lions’ travels often bring a sense of trepidation for host cities, yet Europe’s newest country are going above and beyond in Pristina.

‘Welcome and respect’ banners featuring poppies can be seen from the airport to the main drag in the capital, where many waiters and waitresses are wearing specially made tops greeting England.

The United Kingdom was part of the international coalition which forced the Serbian forces to withdraw following clashes with ethnic Albanians in the territory in the late 1990s.

The UK was one of the first countries to recognise the newly independent Kosovo in 2008 and became a shelter for thousands of Kosovan refugees, leading to a show of warmth and generosity rarely experienced.

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier (Image: GETTY)

Twitter reaction

David: Abraham and Tomori can’t even get a start when England has already qualified and the opponents are fishermen from Estonia. Southgate will not dare stop Harry Kane from breaking England’s goal scoring record. He will never pick Abraham over him!

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Harry: Gareth Southgate still hasn’t got a clue

Josh: Is James Maddison injured or is Gareth Southgate just choosing not to start him again?

Nice and succinct there, Harry. Could you elaborate?

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier (Image: GETTY)

Who’s in?

16:00: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine have all qualified for next summer’s tournament.

The draw will take place on November 30 in Bucharest.

Ronnie record

15:55: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal against Luxembourg this afternoon – but he still looks devastated not have have notched up 100.

I’d like to say it was a stunner but he prodded home from less than an inch away. They all count!

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier (Image: GETTY)

Team News

15:50: Raheem Sterling returned to the England side as boss Gareth Southgate made five changes for the final Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo.

With the Three Lions visiting Pristina for the first time, Southgate recalled Sterling after he was not considered for selection in the 7-0 victory over Montenegro on Thursday.

The Manchester City forward was doled the punishment after an altercation with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez at St George’s Park on Monday.

Meanwhile, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope made his first England start, while Tyrone Mings, Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi also came in.

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier (Image: GETTY)

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The starting XI

15:40: And Gareth Southgate reveals the starting XI for today’s clash. Quite a few changes as expected with Nick Pope, Tyrone Mings, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice all start.

Raheem Sterling returns after the altercation with Joe Gomez.

Kosovo XI: Muric, Hadergjonaj, Aliti, Rashica, Celina, Rrahmani, Berisha, Vojvoda,Kololli Dresevic, Nuhiu

Subs: Ujkani, Bekaj, Voca, Shala, Rashkaj, Halimi, Muslija, Rashani, Hasani, Paqarada, Zhegrova, Xhemajli

England XI: Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Mings, Chilwell; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rice, Winks; Sterling, Kane, Hudson-Odoi.

Subs: Trippier, Pickford, Rose, Stones, Tomori, Mount, Maddison, Sancho, Rashford, Wilson, Abraham, Henderson.

The situation

15:35: I’ve tried various ways of jazzing this up to sound more exciting – but it’s pretty cut and dried in Group A.

England have won the group, with the Czech Republic confirmed in second. Kosovo will go into the play-offs as a Nations League D group winner, as will Bulgaria due to the League C rankings – though they could yet move into a higher tier.

Obviously it’s insane that Bulgaria have the opportunity to qualify via the play-offs having failed to win a single fixture – but the Nations League is far beyond my paygrade.

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier (Image: GETTY)

Afternoon…

15:30: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Kosovo vs England.

How’s about a bit of international football to cure the boredom on this fine Sunday afternoon? Well it’s either that or Kung Fu Panda 2 on Channel 4…

Actually, Kung Fu Panda 2 sounds like the better option.

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But if you’re sticking around then I suppose you can join me for an afternoon of Euro 2020 qualifying action that’s likely to throw up more than a few goals.

I’ll bring you the line ups and team news any moment now. Standby…

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier

Kosovo vs England LIVE: Score, news and updates from Euro 2020 qualifier (Image: GETTY)

KOSOVO vs ENGLAND

England manager Gareth Southgate will likely make an abundance of changes to the team that secured Euro 2020 qualification when the Three Lions take on Kosovo.

While Joe Gomez isn’t available for the Kosovo clash, it’s likely that Southgate elects to stick with Harry Maguire, but he may partner the Manchester United defender with Tyrone Mings.

On the left, Danny Rose could make an appearance with Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier on the opposing side.

In the middle of the park, Southgate could give Declan Rice game time with Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to retain his place just in front of the West Ham man.

Jordan Henderson was in line for a start but will miss out through illness so Harry Winks may keep his spot in the starting XI.

Up front, we may see a Chelsea-themed front three, including Abraham, who scored his first England goal in the win over Montenegro.

To the right of him Callum Hudson-Odoi is expected to start from the off in what will be a big opportunity to impress Southgate.

And to the right of Abraham will most likely be Sterling, who Southgate will want to get back into the side as soon as possible, following his exile from the Montenegro game.



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