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England vs Albania LIVE: World Cup qualifier result, final score and reaction tonight

Follow all the post-match reaction as England put themselves on the cusp of qualification for the 2022 World Cup with a 5-0 win

Michael Jones
Friday 12 November 2021 22:00
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England moved to within one point of qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by dismantling Albania 5-0 at Wembley on Friday night.

Within 10 minutes of kick-off, Gareth Southgate’s side had broken the deadlock as Harry Maguire headed home a Reece James free-kick with ease – his celebration drawing the ire of Roy Keane in the ITV studio. Just shy of 10 minutes later, Harry Kane doubled the Three Lions’ lead by netting his own header, courtesy of a chipped assist from Jordan Henderson, who soon made it 3-0 with a tidy close-range finish. Kane would round out a perfect hat-trick before the half-time whistle sounded, first blasting a powerful strike across goal from a tight angle, then scoring a deflected bicycle kick from a corner on the cusp of the break.

England could not find the net again once the action resumed at Wembley, but Southgate took the opportunity to get Jack Grealish, Tammy Abraham, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jude Bellingham on the pitch from the bench, as well as debuting Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe. The win kept Southgate’s team atop Group I of the European qualifying pools, their 23 points one fewer than what is required to ensure England a place at next winter’s world championship in Qatar.

Follow all the fallout and analysis from Wembley:

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Harry Kane hits a hat-trick as England thrash Albania to take huge step toward 2022 World Cup

Just one point is now required to reach the 2022 World Cup, after a number of points were made on the pitch.

England offered their most convincing performance of a fine year to close it out, with something closer to Gareth Southgate’s ideal side seeing out a 5-0 win over a ragged Albania. All of the scoring came in a hugely assertive first-half performance, with the majority of it done by Harry Kane.

The captain has had an imperfect start to the season, but here scored a perfect hat-trick - head, left foot, right foot.

Kane hits a hat-trick as England thrash Albania to take huge step toward World Cup

England 5-0 Albania: All five in the first half as Harry Kane nets a treble alongside efforts from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson

Michael Jones12 November 2021 22:00
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Reaction from Harry Kane

The England captain spoke to ITV after the match and spoke about his hat-trick, England’s performance and Gareth Southgate’s potential contract extension. He said:

The first half was an incredible performance. The pressure was on and we needed a result. It’s a great way to get closer to qualifying.

“Whenever you put on an England shirt you want to do everyone proud. Maybe we had a point to prove and we came out on fire. Whenever I get chances I feel like I’m going to score. I could probably have had six on another night.

“I know me and a lot of the lads love Gareth and we want him to stay as long as possible. That’s his decision and we’ll back him whatever he does. We need one more win on Monday [against San Marino] and then we can enjoy a fantastic year.”

Michael Jones12 November 2021 21:56
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Hat-trick moves Harry Kane closer to England scoring record

Harry Kane’s hat-trick against Albania on Friday took him level with Jimmy Greaves on 44 England goals and into a share of fourth place on the Three Lions’ all-time list.

The Tottenham striker has scored two goals every three games across his 66 caps as he continues to chase Wayne Rooney’s all-time record of 53 for the men’s national team.

Hat-trick moves Harry Kane closer to England scoring record

The Tottenham striker joins Jimmy Greaves in fourth place on the Three Lions’ list.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 21:54
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England vs Albania player ratings: Hat-trick hero Harry Kane back on form in big World Cup qualifying win

After a fantastic performance against Albania, England will seal an automatic qualification spot for the World Cup if they take at least a point in their final fixture away to San Marino on Monday, in what is a formality against the lowest-ranked European nation.

Here are how the players rated on an exceptional night at Wembley:

England player ratings as hat-trick hero Kane returns to form in Albania thrashing

England 5-0 Albania: Harry Kane and Harry Maguire responded to criticism of their recent club form by contributing to a big win in World Cup qualifying

Michael Jones12 November 2021 21:50
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England vs Albania result: Five things we learned as Three Lions stars return to form

England are just one step from reaching the World Cup finals at Qatar 2022 after demolishing Albania 5-0 at Wembley on Friday night.

Harry Maguire headed in the opener, before Harry Kane nodded in a close-range second - his first of three in the opening 45 minutes.

Jordan Henderson’s quick feet and neat finish made it three before the half-hour mark, before Kane rattled in two more before the break: a smart finish after beating a defender in the channel and then an acrobatic and slightly deflected strike off a corner.

Here’s what we learned from England’s victory over Albania:

Five things we learned as Three Lions stars return to form in Albania thrashing

England 5-0 Albania: A ruthless first-half showing decided the destination of the points as Harry Kane hit a hat-trick

Michael Jones12 November 2021 21:47
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England 5 - 0 Albania

England have scored 41 goals in 2021, their most ever in a calendar year, overtaking their previous most of 39 in 1908. They stand on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup for demolishing Albania at Wembley tonight.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 21:45
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Full-time: England 5 - 0 Albania

90+2 mins: The damage was all done in the first half. Goals for Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson kicked England into gear but it was a hat-trick from the England captain, Harry Kane, that will take the headlines.

A potentially tricky affair turned out to be a walk in the park for Gareth Southgate’s men who now need just one point from their match against San Marino on Monday night to qualify for the World Cup next year.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 21:40
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89 mins: Bellingham dribbles into the penalty area and sets Alexander-Arnold up for a shot from just inside the box, over to the right side. He drills a low effort first time but it gets blocked and the ball is cleared.

Two added minutes to play at Wembley.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 21:36
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86 mins: The corner comes to nothing for England who seem content enough to run down the clock and collect their three points. Albania have had five shots this evening with four on target. Most have come from outside the area and Pickford has been up to the task of keeping them out. He’ll want to notch up another clean sheet to top off this performance from England.

Michael Jones12 November 2021 21:34

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