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1001 vs. Kosovo
  Tuesday, 10 September 2019
2020 UEFA European Championship Group A qualification match

England 5 Kosovo 3 [5-1]

St. Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Northam, Southampton, Hampshire
Kick-off (BST): 7.45pm
Attendance: 30,151

98 minutes 47:57 & 50:10 Bersant Celina kicked off

[1-1] Raheem Sterling header 8 7:12
headed in from 3 yards after Keane headed back a Ross Barkley corner
[2-1] Harry Kane 19 18:40
 left-footed shot from the corner of the 6-yard box from a Raheem Sterling pass
Mërgim Vojvoda own goal 38 37:08
 Sancho's pass across the face of the goal put into his own goal from 3 yards

[4-1] Jadon Sancho 44 43:16
 struck in from corner of 6-yard box from a Raheem Sterling through-ball
[5-1] Jadon Sancho 45+1 45:43
 simple tap-in from 4 yards from another Raheem Sterling pass
[0-1] Valon Berisha 1 0:34
right-foot shot wide of Pickford from 16 yards after a Keane pass straight to Muriqi

Harry Kane penalty 65 64:45
 powerful penalty to keepers right is saved

(Barkley fouled 62:42; awarded 62:44).
5-3] Raheem Sterling strike hits post 72:03
[5-2] Valon Berisha 49 48:25
wrong-footed Henderson to right-foot shot wide of Pickford from 8 yards
[5-3] Vedat Muriqi penalty 55 54:13
Placed to Pickford's left
(Maguire fouled Muriqi 52:58, awarded 52:59)
  Bernard Challandes 38
  Basir Halimi 63 62:54
Leart Paqarada
65 64:24
Fidan Aliti 70 69:12
Valon Berisha 83 82:31
Anel Rashkaj 86 85:24
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Germany

England Squad


Kosovo Squad
Referee (yellow)
Felix Zwayer
 38, (19 May 1981), West Berlin, FIFA-listed 2012.
14 Goal Attempts 8
9 Attempts on Target 3
Assistant Referees 1 Hit Bar/Post 0
Thorsten Schiffner
44 (14 May 1975), Konstanz
Marco Achmüller
39 (17 October 1979), Bad Füssing
6 Corner Kicks Won 0
Fourth official
Christian Dingert
, 39 (14 July 1980), Lebecksmühle, FIFA-listed 2013.

UEFA Delegate - Matthew Paris, Malta
1 Offside Calls Against 2
5 Fouls Conceded 9
58% Possession 42%

England Team



FIFA (25th July 2019) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 10th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home shirt - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, white shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ¹⁹
20th, W 12 - D 4 - L 4 - F 45 - A 22
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 49 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
37th match, W 21 - D 9 - L 7 - F 69 - A 31.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25
187 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 21 21ᵍᵃ
2 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J. 20
338 days
7 October 1998 RB Liverpool FC 7 1
3 Chilwell, Benjamin J. 22
263 days
21 December 1996 LB Leicester City FC 8 0
4 Rice, Declan 20
239 days
14 January 1999 RDM West Ham United FC 5 0
5 Keane, Michael V. 26
242 days
11 January 1993 RCD Everton FC 9 1
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26
189 days
5 March 1993 LCD Manchester United FC 22 1

Sterling, Raheem S.
276 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
Manchester City FC 53 10
the 57th player to score ten goals for England
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 29
85 days
17 June 1990 LDM Liverpool FC 53 0
9 Kane, Harry E. 26
44 days
28 July 1993
Tottenham Hotspur FC
the 100th goal scored on a Tuesday
sixth player to miss two penalty kicks
Barkley, Ross, off 83rd min. 25
279 days
5 December 1993 AM Chelsea FC 31 4
11 Sancho, Jadon M., off 85th min. 19
169 days
25 March 2000
Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany
youngest to score two since Rooney (June 2004)
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 5 Kosovo 3
18 Mount, Mason T., on 83rd min. (82:56) for Barkley 20
243 days
10 January 1999 RM Chelsea FC 2 0 0
21 Rashford, Marcus, on 85th min. (84:12) for Sancho 21
314 days
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 34 16 7
result: England 5 Kosovo 3
unused substitutes: 12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Tom Heaton, 14-Danny Rose, 15-Joe Gomez, 16-Tyrone Mings, 17-Harry Winks, 19-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20-James Maddison, 22-Nick Pope, 23-Callum Wilson.
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).
records: England conceded a goal inside the opening minute for the first time since November 1993.
Kosovo became the first team to score three away goals in a competitive international against England since Croatia in November 2007.
England have also scored five goals in three different matches in 2019 - the first time they have done so that many times in a calendar year since 1960.
They have now gone 43 qualification matches (WC & EC) unbeaten (W34 D9).
Harry Kane's goal is the one hundredth goal England have scored on a Tuesday. Whereas Velon Berisha's second goal is the fiftieth goal conceded on a Tuesday.
4-2-3-1 Pickford -
Alexander-Arnold, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell -
Rice, Henderson -
Sterling, Barkley
(Mount), Sancho (Rashford) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 144 days Appearances/Goals 23.5 3.7

Kosovo Team



FIFA (25th July 2019) 120th
EFO ranking
ELO rating
=66th to 66th
Colours: 'Special Edition' Made by Fourteen - Mottled blue and black v-necked jerseys with blue/yellow trimmed collar and side trim, black sleeves with yellow cuffs, mottled blue and black shorts with yellow side stripe, blue socks with yellow trim.
Capt: Amir Rrahmani Manager: Bernard Challandes, 68 (26 July 1951 in Le Locle, Switzerland), appointed 2 March 2018,
fifteenth match, W 9 - D 5 - L 1 - F 33 - A 14.
38th min. protesting the 3rd goal when one of his players was injured
Kosovo Lineup
12 Murić, Arijanet A. 20
307 days
7 November 1988
in Schlieren, Switzerland
G Nottingham Forest FC, England, on loan from Manchester City FC, England 7 0
2 Hadergjonaj, Florent 25
41 days
31 July 1994
 in Langnau, Switzerland
RB Huddersfield Town AFC, England 3 0
3 Aliti, Fidan 25
342 days
3 October 1993
in Binningen, Switzerland
Kalmar FF, Sweden
70th min. for a late on Sancho as England were pressing forward.
13 Rrahmani, Amir K. 25
198 days
24 February 1994 CD Hellas Verona FC, Italy 26 4
most apps
15 Vojvoda, Mërgim 24
221 days
1 February 1995
Royal Standard de Liége, Belgium
54th own goal scored for England
8 Halimi, Besar 24
272 days
12 December 1994
in Frankfurt, Germany
Brøndbyernes IF, Denmark
64th min. for complaining at the awarding of a penalty. SUSPENDED.
4 Voca, Idriz N., off 59th min. 22
118 days
15 May 1997
in Stans, Switzerland
LDM FC Luzern, Switzerland 9 0
14 Berisha, Valon, off 85th min. 26
215 days
7 February 1993
in Malmö, Sweden
SS Lazio . Italy
his 2nd was 50th conceded on a Tuesday
83rd min. for complaining when a tussle with Sterling went England's way.
9 Celina, Bersant E. 23
1 dy
9 September 1996 AM Swansea City AFC, Wales 17 2
10 Muslija, Florent, off half time 21
66 days
6 July 1998
in Achern, Germany
LM Hannoverscher Sportverein von 1896, Germany 2 0
18 Muriqi, Vedat 25
139 days
24 April 1994 CF Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey 22 7
57th penalty against scored (85th overall) =mst gls
Kosovo Substitutes
scoreline: England 5 Kosovo 1
19 Paqarada, Leart S., on half time for Muslija 25
31 days
10 August 1994
in Bremen, Germany
SV Sandhausen 1916, Germany
65th min. for persistently encroaching into the penalty area during the  kick.
scoreline: England 5 Kosovo 3
6 Rashkaj, Anel, on 59th min. (58:28) for Voca 30
22 days
19 August 1989 LDM
AFC Eskilstuna, Sweden
86th min. for a blatant foul on Mason Mount on the half-way line.
7 Hasani, Florent, on 85th min. (84:45) for Bersiha 22
164 days
30 March 1997 M Diósgyőr-Vasgyári Testgyakorlók Köre, Hungary 1 0
result: England 5 Kosovo 3
unused substitutes: 1-Samir Ukjani, 5-Ibrahim Drešević, 11-Elbasan Rashani, 16-Yisar Bekaj, 20-Mirlind Kryeziu, 21-Atdhe Nuhiu, 22-Edon Zhegrova, 23-Bernard Berisha.
team notes: Valon Berisha played for Norway against England in May 2012.
records: This defeat ended Kosovo's fifteen-match unbeaten run.
4-2-3-1 Muric -
Hadergjonaj, Aliti, Rrahmani, Vojvoda -
Halimi, Voca
(Rashkaj) -
(Hasani), Celina, Muslija (Paqarada) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 9 days Appearances/Goals 14.7 1.3
youngest opposing XI in 2019-20 least experienced XI in 2019-20


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Wow, what a match this turned out to be! It has been a number of years since England took a competitive match away from Wembley, but the south coast venue of St Mary’s in Southampton, provided a real thriller. It could certainly be compared to Clint Eastwood’s famous western, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!’ as the England fans, once again, were taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Let’s take ‘The Ugly’ first. Less than a minute into the match Michael Keane passed the ball square, forgetting for a moment he was playing in a white shirt, and gave it straight to the blue shirted Vedat Muriqi. The Kosovan quickly laid the ball off to Valon Berisha, who jubilantly accepted the gift and fired past Jordan Pickford. The Kosova supporters in the crowd went wild with delight, not quite believing what they had seen....like the rest of us. After that, and for the next 44 minutes, we moved on to ‘The Good’.

The game was fast and furious with both sides trying to press and close people down.  This was all very well but at both ends it left gaps at the back.  England started to exploit those gaps with some super football.  The front players, especially Raheem Sterling, were quick to break and the Kosovo defenders were as exposed as England’s were.  In the 8th minute England won a corner on the right.  Ross Barkley took it, deep to the far side of the area.  In came Keane, to atone for his earlier blemish, to head the ball back across goal.  Sterling was there and jumped high to head a fine equaliser from close range.

England had a lot of the possession over the next ten minutes but had to be alert to the threat of Kosovo, who did play some excellent football when in possession.  However, it was England that had now gained the initiative and on 19 minutes they took the lead with an excellent goal.  This time Sterling turned provider.  Receiving possession just inside the Kosovo half, he turned the visiting captain, Amir Rrahmani, and set off on a scintillating sprint.  When he reached the area he laid the ball to his left where Harry Kane does what he does best, drilling a left-foot shot under the goalkeeper to give his side the lead.  It was a fabulous break and a fine goal.

Both teams were looking to break at speed, as a result, the game was fast and open, and another England goal followed after 38 minutes.  There was a challenge on the right touchline by Trent Alexander-Arnold and the ball broke free for Jadon Sancho to spring down the right.  The Kosovo manager was going ballistic screaming for a foul by Alexander-Arnold, but England played on with Keane and Kane combining to send Sancho away.  When Sancho reached the byeline he centred hard and low, and the unfortunate Mergim Vojvoda could not get out of the way and diverted the ball into his own net.  It was comical to see the ‘alleged’ victim of Alexander-Arnold’s ’foul’ then jump up immediately to vociferously lead the protests against the goal, before then going down again on realising he was supposed to be injured.  The Swiss Coach was cautioned for his protests.

That wasn’t the end of ‘The Good’ as before the break England scored two more goals as Kosovo gave up on their defending.  In the 44th minute Sterling was again at the heart of the attack, laying the ball off to Sancho coming in from the right.  The youngster took one touch and fired his shot home, giving the goalkeeper no chance.  It was Sancho’s first goal for his country, but that was quickly followed by another a minute later.  This time Sterling completed a hat-trick of assists by sprinting down the left, after a brilliant touch first took him past a defender.  As he reached the six-yard box he sort of tried to chip the keeper, scuffed it a little, and in so doing set up Sancho for an easy tap-in from a yard out.  What an amazing half it had been and if anyone had believed that England would be 5-1 up at the break after going a goal down in less than minute, they would have been lying.

At the start of the second-half Alexander-Arnold found himself in the Kosovo penalty area and he managed to fire in a left-foot shot which goalkeeper Arjanet Muric patted away to save.  England then reverted back to ‘The Ugly’ again.  This time it was Declan Rice who gave the ball away badly in midfield.  Muriqi again gained possession and centred deep where Berisha was standing unmarked and free.  The cross had cleared Jordan Henderson’s head and as the England player tried to challenge again, Berisha coolly side-stepped the Liverpool man before planting a fine shot past Pickford.  It was a really well-taken goal, but oh, such woeful defending again.  Surely there was no way back for Kosovo?  Yes, because I haven’t mentioned ’The Bad’ yet.

To be fair the visitors had no intentions of giving up and they were playing some fine football at times, and had England genuinely rattled.  Six minutes later Muriqi tussled with Harry Maguire, and as the England defender went down his foot caught Muriqi who threw himself headlong as though he had been shot!  The referee gave a penalty, which it probably was, but was there any need for such a theatrical performance by Muriqi.  The big man took the spot-kick himself and although Pickford got both hands to the ball he couldn’t keep it out.  Now it was everything to play for.  From that point on we saw a little of Good, Bad and Ugly from England, but in the main they still had the better of things.  On 62 minutes England were awarded a penalty.  Barkley, who improved as the game moved on, went on a powerful run forward and as he reached the area he drew a challenge from Rrahmani and went down.  Penalty, said the referee.  Now, all the talk since the previous Saturday had been in the fact that maybe Harry Kane was the best penalty taker in the world.  He was so clinical.  Not this time, sadly, as Muric dived to his right to save, what was, a much weaker penalty than we are used to seeing from Kane.  It just proves he is human I guess.

England still had the bulk of possession and when Kane fed Sterling in the 72nd minute it looked odds on a sixth goal.  This time though Muric spread himself at Sterling’s feet and just managed to deflect the ball wide with his shins.  Two minutes later, after more end to end football, another Sterling effort was deflected agonisingly wide by a defender’s desperate lunge.  The game continued in its breathless manner with both sides stretching the other’s defences.  Barkley and Sancho went off, replaced by Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford, and immediately the two new arrivals combined for Rashford’s shot to be saved well by the goalkeeper.  As if not to be outdone Kosovo came straight back when Bersanr Celina did brilliantly to cut in and fire a curler inches wide of Pickford’s far post.

That turned out to be the last action in a terrific and entertaining game where The Good finally triumphed over The Bad and The Ugly.  All credit to Kosovo who really tested England to the full.  But also credit to England, especially their attack.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor