Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions head to Tirana for World Cup qualifier on Sunday March 27, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer

England take on Albania this Sunday in their second World Cup qualifier.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions predictably breezed past San Marino on Thursday night, winning 5-0 at Wembley. 


England take on Albania in their second World Cup qualifier on Sunday

Now, they’ll take on Albania in Tirana before a third quick-fire Group I tie at home to Poland on Wednesday.

England are looking to use these qualifiers as part of their preparations for this summer’s European Championship and Southgate is expected to shuffle his pack.

He has plenty of talent to pick from in an exciting-looking squad and several players will hope to make an impression during their trip to the Adriatic Sea.

These two have only met once before, in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup. England won both ties.

Albania v England: How to listen

This Group I qualifier will get under way at 5pm on Sunday, March 28.

Full coverage from the Arena Kombetare in Tirana will be live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 4pm.

Mark Saggers will be your host and commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and Stuart Pearce.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

App iPhone – Download from the Apple store

Android – Download from Google Play

Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731

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Albania v England: Team news

England squad

  • Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Nick Pope (Burnley).
  • Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
  • Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham, on loan from Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
  • Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

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England beat San Marino 5-0 on Thursday


England beat San Marino 5-0 on Thursday

Albania v England: What has been said?

Gareth Southgate believes England displayed the kind of hunger and attitude required to become a top team during Thursday’s comprehensive win over San Marino.

“Of course it’s a game that we’re expected to win and win comfortably,” the Three Lions boss said. “But I was particularly pleased with the mentality for the full 90 minutes.

“I think that we pressed the ball when we lost it was the biggest indication of that. The whole team were hungry to play.

“Sometimes these games have been stodgy for us in the past, but I think this team can play slightly differently.

“We have some creative players who can open teams up.

“A lot of those chances were created by the good pressing and winning the ball high up the pitch, but also some of the interchange of position and the vision of the players.

“If we were to be ultra-critical, we probably should have scored more but we also have to say their goalkeeper had an absolutely fantastic game.

“I was very pleased because the behaviours and habits that we showed – to be a top team we have to show those every day, in every training session and in every match.”

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