No Alarms For England In Albania

Last updated : 28 March 2021 By Three Lions

Two matches into World Cup qualifying and England have maximum points after following up Thursday's win against San Marino with a low-key victory in Albania on Sunday.

The hosts, stripped of the opportunity to have a raucous crowd behind them, had an early chance through Uzuni but concentrated mainly on working hard to frustrate Gareth Southgate's side.

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England struggled to lift the pace at times in the first-half but when they did manage to do so, Luke Shaw crossing into the box on 38 minutes, captain Harry Kane made sure he was going to be first to the ball and back on the international goal trail for the first time since 2019.

Mason Mount made the game safe just after the hour mark, signalling a foot off the gas from the visitors and thoughts already turning to Wednesday evening and the key game in the qualifying group when Poland are the visitors to Wembley and the presence of Robert Lewandoski alone will provide a sterner test to the Three Lions' back line.

Speaking to ITV after the game, Shaw, delighted to be back in the international fold, said: "When you play with Kane you know he will be in that area for you to hit."