Albania vs England: World Cup qualifier preview and prediction

The Three Lions will be aiming to make it two wins from two after putting five past San Marino. Albania also started with a win, narrowly beating Andorra 1-0.

Gareth Southgate will likely shuffle his pack after beating the minnows, with England looking to open up an early two-point lead at the top of Group I with victory.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Albania vs England is scheduled for a 5pm kick-off on Sunday, March 25, 2021.

The game will be played behind closed doors at the Air Albania Stadium because of current coronavirus restrictions.

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How to watch Albania vs England

TV channel: The game will be broadcast live on ITV1.

Live stream: TV licence payers can stream the match live via the ITVHub website or app.

Team news

Harry Kane, Declan Rice, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw were among the names left on the bench as England strolled past San Marino. All four will be desperate to get on the pitch in Albania.

Gareth Southgate has an almost embarrassment of riches in midfield, but you wouldn’t rule out Mason Mount losing his place, though Phil Foden could come into the front six.

Jude Bellingham’s lively cameo is unlikely to earn him a full start but could well come on again. Jesse Lingard will be hoping for another chance to impress after doing everything but score at Wembley.

Albania vs England lineups

Albania XI: Berisha; Kumbulla, Djimsiti, Ismajli; Hysaj, Bare, Gjasula, Lenjani; Laci; Cikalleshi, Roshi

England XI: Pope; Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Shaw; Rice, Mount, Foden; Lingard, Kane, Sterling

England squad in full

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham United, loan from Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton),  Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

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Albania vs England prediction

Albania will be a tougher test than San Marino, but England have plenty about them to secure a routine win. Gareth Southgate should bring in the likes of Harry Kane and Phil Foden in attack and strengthen the defence. 2-0 win for the Three Lions.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

England have played Albania four times, winning all four. The last game was a 2-0 win in September 2001.

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

  • Albania to win: 11/1
  • Draw: 4/1
  • England to win: 1/4

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