FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Harry Kane ends England aim drought to sink Albania
This was the England captain Kane’s first worldwide aim since he scored in opposition to Kosovo 500 days in the past in November 2019.
Tirana: Harry Kane ended his six-game England aim drought as he impressed a 2-0 win in Albania in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.
Gareth Southgate’s aspect struggled to interrupt down the well-organised underdogs till the Tottenham striker netted late within the first half on the Air Albania Stadium in Tirana.
It was the England captain’s first worldwide aim since he scored in opposition to Kosovo 500 days in the past in November 2019.
Again within the beginning line-up after being rested for Thursday’s 5-0 demolition of San Marino, Kane now has 33 objectives in 52 England appearances.
Kane additionally arrange Mason Mount’s second half aim as England made it two successive Group I victories on the highway to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
England end their qualifying triple-header with a conflict in opposition to Poland at Wembley on Wednesday that needs to be billed as a shoot-out between Kane and Bayern Munich ahead Robert Lewandowski.
After ending because the 2018 World Cup prime scorer in England’s run to the semi-finals, Kane hopes to steer his nation to glory on the delayed Euro 2020 later this 12 months.
However on the proof of this scrappy show in opposition to a crew 62 locations under them within the FIFA world rankings, England, who rely closely on Kane’s predatory instincts, have room for enchancment if they’re to win a primary main prize for the reason that 1966 World Cup.
Such was the paucity of risk posed by San Marino final week that England goalkeeper Nick Pope had simply 5 touches in the complete match.
Pope had an early fright when the hosts broke at tempo from an England nook.
With the England defence out of place, Myrto Uzuni ran by on aim however blasted his shot over the crossbar.
England struggled to open up the massed Albanian defence, with their frustration elevated by the lengthy grass that muted their passing type.
It did not assist that Southgate used two holding midfielders, Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice, in a transfer that left him open to criticism for a cautious strategy in opposition to modest opposition.
England lastly produced an incisive assault to take the lead within the thirty eighth minute.
Kane this week admitted it was “a tough query to reply” when requested if he may depart Tottenham on the finish of the season.
Amid speak of a reunion with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, now in cost at Paris Saint Germain, or a change to Manchester Metropolis or Manchester United, Kane took the chance to underline why he is without doubt one of the world’s most admired strikers.
Raheem Sterling and Mount labored the ball huge to Luke Shaw on the left and the in-form Manchester United defender, making his first England look since 2018, picked out Kane with a wonderful cross.
Timing his run completely to elude his marker, Kane glanced a scientific header into the far nook from 10 yards.
The 27-year-old almost scored once more when he met Sterling’s cross simply 5 yards from aim, however this time he fired in opposition to the crossbar.
Sterling’s nimble footwork arrange Phil Foden for a low strike that Etrit Berisha pushed onto the woodwork early within the second half.
Kane could not hit the goal after one other Sterling raid, however Mount killed off Albania within the 63rd minute.
Kane seized on Albania’s dangerous try to go out from the again and performed an ideal go to Chelsea midfielder Mount, who guided a crisp end into the far nook from 12 yards for his fourth England aim.
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