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  Sunday, 17 November 2019
European Championship 2020 Group A qualification match


Kosovo 0 England 4 [0-1]
 

Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri, Qendra, Prishtinë
Kick-off (CET): 6.01pm 5.01pm GMT
Attendance: 13,500

Kosovo kicked off 92 minutes 45:02 & 47:02 Match Summary
Kosovo Squad
England Squad
  [1-0] Harry Winks 32 31:10
right-footed strike from 8 yards from an Oxlade-Chamberlain pass
[2-0] Harry Kane 79 78:33
5-yard half volley after Sterlings cross is deflected and spun by Aliti
[3-0] Marcus Rashford 83 82:13
right-footed placed shot from 12 yards from a Sterling through ball
[4-0] Mason Mount 90+1 90:18
left-footed strike from 12 yards from a Kane pass following a Kosovo defensive mistake
Benjamin Kololli 48 47:13  
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle
 

Match Summary

Officials from Poland Kosovo

Type

England
Referee (yellow) - Paweł Gil
 43 (28 June 1976), Lublin, FIFA-listed 2009.

 
Assistant Referees - Konrad Sapela
, 48 (10 July 1971), and Marcin Borkowski, 40 (14 April 1979)

Fourth official - Daniel Stefanski, 42 (2 July 1977), FIFA-listed 2013

UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray, Hungary

10 Goal Attempts 9
3 Attempts on Target 7
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
6 Corner Kicks Won 2
0 Offside Calls Against 0
8 Fouls Conceded 10
44% Possession 56%

Kosovo Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (24th October 2019) 61st
EFO ranking
n/a
ELO rating
6
2nd
Colours: Made by Fourteen - Blue v-necked jerseys with yellow trimmed collar and side trim, paler blue sleeves, blue shorts with yellow side stripe/hem, blue socks with yellow trim.
Capt: Amir Rrahmani Manager: Bernard Challandes, 68 (26 July 1951 in Le Locle, Switzerland), appointed 2 March 2018,
18th match, W 11 - D 5 - L 3 - F 37 - A 20.
Kosovo Lineup
12 Murić, Arijanet A. 21 7 November 1988
born in Schlieren, Switzerland
G Nottingham Forest FC, England, on loan from Manchester City FC, England 10 0
15 Vojvoda, Mërgim 24 1 February 1995 RB Royal Standard de Ličge, Belgium 24 1
13 Rrahmani, Amir K. 25 24 February 1994 CD Hellas Verona FC SpA, Italy 29 5
3 Aliti, Fidan 26 3 October 1993
born in Preshevë, Yugoslavia
CD Kalmar FF, Sweden 20 0
17 Kololli, Benjamin 27 15 May 1992
born in Aigle, Switzerland
LB FC Zürich, Switzerland 16 3
Kolloli cautioned in the 47th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after he pulled vback Sterling to prevent him collecting a return pass
20 Drešević, Ibrahim 22 24 January 1997
born in Sweden
RDM SC Heerenveen, Netherlands 2 0
14 Berisha, Valon, off 65th min. 26 7 February 1993
born in Malmö, Sweden
LDM SS Lazio SpA. Italy 20 3
2 Hadergjonaj, Florent, off 73rd min. 25 31 July 1994
born in Langnau, Switzerland
RM Huddersfield Town AFC, England 7 0
9 Celina, Bersant E. 23 9 September 1996 AM Swansea City AFC, Wales 20 2
7 Rashica, Milot 23 28 June 1996 LM SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV, Germany 27 4
21 Nuhiu, Atdhe, off 82nd min 30 29 July 1989 CF Sheffield Wednesday FC, England 17 3
Kosovo Substitutes
scoreline: Kosovo 0 England 1
8 Halimi, Besar, on 65th min. (64:22) for Berisha 24 12 December 1994
born in Frankfurt, Germany
AM Brřndbyernes IF, Denmark 23 1
22 Zhegrova, Edon, on 73rd min. (72:27) for Hadergjonaj 20 31 March 1999
born in Herford, Germany
AM FC Basel 1893, Switzerland, on loan from KRC Genk, Belgium 17 2
scoreline: Kosovo 0 England 2
11 Rashani, Elbasan, on 82nd min. (81:14) for Nuhiu 26 9 May 1993
born in Hillerstorp, Sweden
CF Odds BK, Norway 11 4
result: Kosovo 0 England 4

unused substitutes:

1-Samir Ujkani, 4-Idriz Voca, 5-Herolind Shala, 6-Anel Rashkaj, 10-Florent Muslija, 16-Yisar Bekaj, 18-Florent Hasani, 19-Leart Paqarada, 23-Arbenet Xhemajli

records:

Amir Rrahmani extends his tally as Kosovo's record appearance holder.
This is Kosovo's first competitve defeat at home.
 
4-3-3 Murić -
Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonaj -
Drešević, Berisha (Halimi) -
Hadergjonaj
(Zhegrova), Celina, Rashica -
Nuhiu
(Rashani)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 17.5 1.9

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (24th October 2019) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 12th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home shirt - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, white shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane
(24th captaincy, 25)
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 49 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
41st match, W 24 - D 9 - L 8 - F 87 - A 33.
England Lineup
1 Pope, Nicholas D. 27
217 dys
14 April 1992 GK Burnley FC final app
2017-19
2 0 GA
2 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., off 84th min. 21
41 dys
7 October 1998 RB Liverpool FC final app
2018-19
9 1
3 Chilwell, Benjamin J. 22
331 dys
21 December 1996 LB Leicester City FC final app
2018-19
11 0
4 Rice, Declan 20
308 dys
14 January 1999 DM West Ham United FC final app
2019
7 0
5 Maguire, J. Harry 26
257 dys
5 March 1993 CD Manchester United FC final app
2017-19
26 1
6 Mings, Tyrone D. 26
249 dys
13 March 1993 CD Aston Villa FC final app
2019
2 0
7 Sterling, Raheem S. 24
344 dys
8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RF Manchester City FC final app
2012-19
56 12
8 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., off 72nd min 26
94 dys
15 August 1993 RM Liverpool FC final app
2012-19
35 7
9 Kane, Harry E. 26
112 dys
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC final app
2015-19
45 32
10 Winks, Harry B. 23
288 dys
2 February 1996 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC final app
2017-19
6 1
11 Hudson-Odoi, Callum J., off 59th min. 19
10 dys
7 November 2000 LF Chelsea FC final app
2019
3 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Kosovo 0 England 1
20 Rashford, Marcus, on 59th min. (58:38) for Hudson-Odoi 22
17 dys
31 October 1997 RF Manchester United FC final app
2016-19
38 10
17 Mount, Mason T., on 72nd min. (71:59) for Oxlade-Chamberlain 20
311
dys
10 January 1999 RM Chelsea FC final app
2019
6 1
scoreline: Kosovo 0 England 3
16 Tomori, Oluwafikayomi O., on 84th min. (83:23) for Alexander-Arnold 21
333 dys
19 December 1997
born in Calgary
RB Chelsea FC final app
2019
1 0
result: Kosovo 0 England 4

unused substitutes:

12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Jordan Pickford, 14-Danny Rose, 15-John Stones, 18-James Maddison, 19-Jadon Sancho, 21-Callum Wilson, 22-Tammy Abraham, 23-Dean Henderson.

records:

Kosovo is the 78th nation visited by England.
Harry Kane's goal ensures his place in the record books as he becomes the first player to score in all eight of England's qualifying matches in this campaign.  He has also equalled the record of scoring 12 goals in a calendar year, and he has scored in a record-equalling sixth match in a row.
37 is also England's record goal toll in a qualifying campaign.
Fikayo Tomoro is England's 1246th player, and the first Canadian since Owen Hargreaves.
 
  Pope -
Alexander-Arnold
(Tomori), Maguire, Mings, Chilwell -
Oxlade-Chamberlain
(Mount), Rice, Winks -
Sterling, Kane, Hudson-Odoi
(Rashford).
notes: Rashford and Sterling swapped wings

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.6 (205 days) Appearances/Goals 18.4 4.7

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Safely through to the finals, England still needed to do more work to become one of the top seeded sides in the tournament draw, and this game in Kosovo gave them a sterner test than the last match.  After England were given a rapturous welcome from the crowd, due to Britain’s help during the brutal conflict with Serbia a few years ago, both teams started brightly.  It was a very open game but was also a little scrappy at times, with both teams often careless with their passing.

The first-half was poor with Kosovo having good periods of pressure without testing debutant goalkeeper Nick Pope.  England seem to have developed an aversion to corners recently and one or two caused problems in getting the ball away.  However, there was a very gentle start to the match as both teams felt each other out.  An early injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked ominously bad, but thankfully, after all his injury woes recently, he was able to continue.  In the 7th minute we had our first sight of an attack as a cross came in from the left and Atdhe Nuhiu rose unchallenged, but he failed to get any purchase on his header allowing Pope to gather.  It was alarming that there was little by way of a challenge from Tyrone Mings though.

It is rare to see either Raheem Sterling or Trent Alexander-Arnold give the ball away cheaply, but both were guilty of such careless behaviour in the early part of the match.  It wasn’t until 15 minutes had passed that England created a semblance of a chance.  It was a good one too, as Harry Maguire sent Ben Chilwell away down the left and his run and cross found Harry Kane.  The striker laid the ball off for Sterling to fire in a good shot which was beaten away by goalkeeper, Arijanet Muric at full stretch.  The difficult bobbly pitch was making passing tricky and there was little by way of flowing football.  On 24 minutes Milot Rashica tested Pope from 30 yards, but the keeper had an easy save and then on the half-hour Callum Hudson-Odoi popped up for the first time with an effort on goal.  Sterling had won the ball before Hudson-Odoi fired in a shot which Muric again saved.  Two minutes later though, England made the breakthrough, and with a lovely goal too.

Kane received the ball from Declan Rice and passed inside to Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Harry Winks spotted an opening and Oxlade-Chamberlain fed through a glorious pass for Winks to run onto and slot the ball home with aplomb.  It was a lovely calm finish from a player that doesn’t score too often, and he was obviously delighted.  If anything though, Kosovo just about edged the first-half, but they carried very little threat up front.

Again, it was a quiet start to the second-half, although on 51 minutes Amir Rramani put his head in the way of a shot going wide and almost succeeded in deflecting it on target, but not quite.  Shortly afterwards Rramani had another chance at the far post as England’s concentration waivered yet again at the back.  Luckily the ball flew wide but this was the home side’s best spell, without causing England any real difficulty.  Too many overhit crosses and poor passes by England did not impress and the whole game became a bit scrappy to say the least.  A strong run by the ineffective Hudson-Odoi ended with a shot over the bar and that was his last contribution as Marcus Rashford came on as substitute with an hour gone.

Rashford immediately livened the play up and when he and Chilwell combined for the full-back to shoot at goal, the ball was deflected to Sterling on the right, who then pulled the ball back to Kane and he rattled the near post with his shot.  A break down the right by Florent Hadergjonaj after Rice gave the ball away came to nothing and then Gareth Southgate brought on Mason Mount for Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Kosovo were still in this match and they were battling well at times.  They won several free-kicks and on 76 minutes one attack looked dangerous, especially as Pope slipped at an inopportune moment.  Luckily the shot went wide.

Three minutes later England settled the result.  A lovely change of pace saw Sterling break down the right past two defenders and cross.  The ball was deflected up into the air and as it dropped there was Kane, keeping his eye on the ball before thumping it home from close range.  Kane was more and more involved at this stage and two more chances fell his way, with the second following a fine move.  On 83 minutes the lively Rashford joined the party with a sublime finish.  Sterling’s finely weighted pass was brilliant but the finish was sheer class as Rashford stroked the ball home superbly.

Southgate then brought on another debutant in Oluwafikayomi Tomori for Alexander-Arnold, and I must confess I had never heard of Tomori before, apparently he is a Chelsea player, and he was thrilled to make his debut.  He was quickly in the action and also had the satisfaction of seeing his Chelsea teammate Mount score his first England goal.  It came in added time, and was down to an horrendous blunder by Ibrahim Dresevic, who slipped on the edge of the box.  Mount wasn’t going to look this gift horse in the mouth and he tucked it away with relish!

And that was the end of the action, maybe a slightly flattering scoreline in the end, but you cannot take away the fact that England are scoring goals so freely at the moment, and long may it continue.  It is probably agreed now that England have seven places in the side sewn up, and it is just Maguire’s partner in defence, and the midfield, that needs to be worked out as to what is the best balanced trio.  When that happens we will have one hell of a team.
    

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
FFK-Kosovo
 

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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