England 5-0 Albania: Harry Kane scores hat-trick as Three Lions close in on World Cup placeon November 12, 2021 at 9:39 pm

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Harry Kane scores a superb hat-trick as England brush aside Albania to put themselves on the brink of qualification for next year’s World Cup.

Harry Kane scores an acrobatic third against Albania

The hosts were unstoppable in a sublime first half and opened the scoring after nine minutes when Manchester United defender Harry Maguire headed home Reece James’ delivery.

Kane get then got his first of the night when he headed in Jordan Henderson’s cross before the latter produced a composed finish for only his second England goal.

Albania continued to fall apart as they struggled to cope with England’s attack and the fourth goal duly arrived when Raheem Sterling and Kane combined to open up the defence before the Tottenham striker smashed the ball into the far corner of the net.

That goal took Kane onto 38 in 55 competitive games – moving him above Wayne Rooney as having scored more competitive goals for England than anyone else.

But he saved his best finish of the half for his hat-trick goal just before the break when he acrobatically volleyed in at the far post to make it 5-0.

That put him level with Jimmy Greaves on 44 goals scored for England in all competitions. He needs nine more to equal Rooney’s all-time record of 53 goals.

England now need just one more point to assure qualification from Group I for the World Cup in Qatar next year. Gareth Southgate’s side are at San Marino on Monday.

Rate players out of 10 throughout or after the game. The rater will close 30 minutes after the final whistle.

Rating range key1 = Give it up10 = Pure perfection

England

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    6.69

  2. Squad number2Player nameWalker
    Average rating

    5.98

  3. Squad number5Player nameStones
    Average rating

    6.34

  4. Squad number6Player nameMaguire
    Average rating

    6.39

  5. Squad number4Player nameJames
    Average rating

    7.28

  6. Squad number8Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    7.61

  7. Squad number7Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    6.91

  8. Squad number3Player nameChilwell
    Average rating

    6.39

  9. Squad number11Player nameFoden
    Average rating

    6.64

  10. Squad number9Player nameKane
    Average rating

    7.69

  11. Squad number10Player nameSterling
    Average rating

    6.21

Substitutes

  1. Squad number12Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    6.52

  2. Squad number14Player nameGrealish
    Average rating

    5.61

  3. Squad number17Player nameAbraham
    Average rating

    5.07

  4. Squad number18Player nameBellingham
    Average rating

    5.97

  5. Squad number19Player nameSmith Rowe
    Average rating

    6.17

Albania

Starting XI

  1. Squad number23Player nameStrakosha

    Average rating

    4.47

  2. Squad number18Player nameIsmajli

    Average rating

    4.50

  3. Squad number15Player nameKumbulla

    Average rating

    4.43

  4. Squad number5Player nameVeseli

    Average rating

    4.37

  5. Squad number4Player nameHysaj

    Average rating

    4.40

  6. Squad number8Player nameGjasula

    Average rating

    4.38

  7. Squad number7Player nameBare

    Average rating

    4.27

  8. Squad number20Player nameTrashi

    Average rating

    4.59

  9. Squad number11Player nameUzuni

    Average rating

    4.53

  10. Squad number16Player nameCikalleshi

    Average rating

    4.50

  11. Squad number10Player nameBajrami

    Average rating

    4.33

Substitutes

  1. Squad number6Player nameDermaku

    Average rating

    4.94

  2. Squad number13Player nameMihaj

    Average rating

    4.94

  3. Squad number14Player nameLaci

    Average rating

    4.82

  4. Squad number17Player nameRamadani

    Average rating

    5.04

  5. Squad number21Player nameRoshi

    Average rating

    5.28

Line-ups

England

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 6Maguire
  • 4JamesSubstituted forAlexander-Arnoldat 77’minutes
  • 8Henderson
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forBellinghamat 64’minutes
  • 3Chilwell
  • 11FodenSubstituted forGrealishat 63’minutes
  • 9KaneSubstituted forAbrahamat 63’minutes
  • 10SterlingSubstituted forSmith Roweat 77’minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Alexander-Arnold
  • 13Johnstone
  • 14Grealish
  • 15Mings
  • 16Coady
  • 17Abraham
  • 18Bellingham
  • 19Smith Rowe
  • 20Saka
  • 22Ramsdale

Albania

Formation 3-4-3

  • 23Strakosha
  • 18IsmajliBooked at 25mins
  • 15KumbullaSubstituted forDermakuat 17’minutes
  • 5Veseli
  • 4Hysaj
  • 8GjasulaBooked at 8mins
  • 7BareSubstituted forLaciat 12’minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 20TrashiSubstituted forMihajat 45’minutes
  • 11UzuniSubstituted forRoshiat 86’minutes
  • 16CikalleshiBooked at 21mins
  • 10BajramiSubstituted forRamadaniat 45’minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Berisha
  • 2Hoxhallari
  • 3Lenjani
  • 6Dermaku
  • 9Çekiçi
  • 12Selmani
  • 13Mihaj
  • 14Laci
  • 17Ramadani
  • 19Balaj
  • 21Roshi
  • 22Doka
Referee:
Felix Zwayer

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Match ends, England 5, Albania 0.

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