Albania vs England – World Cup qualifier: Live score and updates

Albania vs England LIVE: Captain Kane, Maguire and Rice return to Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up in Three Lions’ latest Word Cup qualifier

  • Harry Kane and Harry Maguire are in the starting line-up for England in Albania
  • West Ham’s Declan Rice is also back and features in the England midfield  
  • England breezed past San Marino 5-0 in their opening qualifier
  • Latest World Cup news, including fixtures and results

After a commanding 5-0 victory against San Marino, England are in Albania for their second World Cup qualifier.

And Gareth Southgate, as expected, named a stronger line-up than the one that featured at Wembley in midweek, with Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice all returning to the setup. 

Follow Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ for live World Cup qualifier coverage of Albania vs England, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.  

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There are a couple of familiar names to take note of in the Albanian line-up. One recognisable figure is right-back Elseid Hysaj who plays for Napoli.

Chelsea fans may recognise the name Armando Broja, who lines up in the front three this afternoon. The winger is on loan from the Blues at, you guessed it, Vitesse Arnhem.

Albania XI: Berisha; Hysaj, Ismajli, Djimsti Veseli; Laci, Bare, Memolla; Uzuni, Cikalleshi, Broja

Gareth Southgate makes six changes from the England side who beat San Marino 5-0 earlier this week.

Harry Kane returns to captain the Three Lions while there’s a first England start since 2019 for Manchester United Luke Shaw. 

Nick Pope, John Stones, Kalvin Phillips, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount are the only survivors from the Wembley win on Thursday. Declan Rice, Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, and Phil Foden also come in.

England had it easy on Thursday night, now their World Cup qualifying campaign gets a bit harder.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions travel to Albania for their second qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. More importantly, we may get a better idea of how England will line-up during this summer’s European Championships. 

After some doubts earlier in the week, this match is on and we’ll have live coverage throughout the afternoon.

Kick-off is at 5pm (BST) but team news is out already…

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