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England forward line is world class, says Gareth Southgate

England forward line is world class, says Gareth Southgate

But it is not the goals-for column that Southgate will be dwelling on, as he tries to make sure England are prepared for next summer's finals, which they are already all-but guaranteed to qualify for. Head coach Bernard Challandes was incensed on the touchline, complaining his way into a yellow card from the officials. Should Sancho start for England ahead of Rashford?

A terrible Michael Keane giveaway gifted Kosovo their opener inside of a minute as Fidan Aliti set up Valon Berisha, who fired past Jordan Pickford in a shocking start for the hosts.

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But somehow the hosts' goal tally was restricted to five.

But England battled back well and found themselves level just seven minutes later.

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And in the seventh minute, much to the relief of fans around St Mary's stadium, in form winger Raheem Sterling headed home to save England's blushes.

England should have restored a three-goal cushion but captain Kane saw his penalty pushed away by Muric while the goalkeeper - on Manchester City's books - later deflected a Sterling shot on to the post. As the clock ticked into injury time, chants of "Edhe nje!"

It should be more of the same when Kosovo visit Southampton on Tuesday although one of UEFA's youngest members are England's closest challengers with eight points from four games after a shock defeat of Czech Republic. It also brought to an end a almost two year unbeaten run for Kosovo, while the Czech Republic's victory in Montenegro pushes them back into 3rd place in the group and out of the automatic qualification spaces.

England have not a lost a major tournament qualifier in 10 years, part of a theme which concerns manager Gareth Southgate.

The World Cup Golden Boot victor is up to 25 in 40 games for the Three Lions and Southgate thinks he could threaten Wayne Rooney's all-time record of 53. He also promised that, regardless of the circumstances surrounding Kosovo's final group game with England in Prishtina in November, there would be no change of philosophy.


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