England maintained their winning start to the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable victory over Albania in Tirana. England maintained their winning start to the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable victory over Albania in Tirana.
On Sunday, Gareth Southgate’s side scored two goals, one each from Harry Kane and Mason Mount.
The pitch at the Air Albania Stadium had become a source of concern, and it seemed to slow England down as they attempted to develop their attacks.
The hosts had the best chance to break the deadlock in the first half hour, but Mytro Uzuni lacked control when played in on target, shooting his shot over goalkeeper Nick Pope’s crossbar when he should have done much better.
Facing a poor start, England took the lead just before halftime.On his return to England, Luke Shaw received an assist.
Mason Mount teed-up Luke Shaw, whose fine cross was headed home by captain Kane, snapping a six-game goal drought for his country to put the visitors ahead.
His last appearance for England was 497 days ago, against Kosovo. Shaw’s assist, on the other hand, came in his first England appearance since 2018.Soon after, Kane could have doubled the lead, but he could only reach the crossbar with a close-range header from a Raheem Sterling cross.
After a tense first half, Southgate must have been delighted to see his side head into the break with a cushion, with Kane’s 33rd England goal separating the sides.
Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT, “It’s very impressive.” “He just gets a couple of taps on the ball. He hasn’t been involved much and room has been limited for him, so he hasn’t been involved in the build-up action.
“My god, he appears out of nowhere and is utterly amazing as the ball enters the box.”
“He is priceless to his team. He is invaluable to his country and a consummate specialist. He’s the real deal.”
As they began the second half on top, England had another shot coming back off the crossbar.
Sterling wriggled free before standing up the midfielder and passing to Manchester City teammate Foden, whose short shot Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha tipped into the post.
Mount scored England’s second goal shortly after the hour mark, bringing the team 2-0 up.
Albania were caught in possession just outside their own box, and Kane fed Mount, who finished coolly to allow Southgate’s squad some breathing room.
In the end, England’s two goals were enough to keep their perfect start to their World Cup qualification campaign running.