England vs Kosovo Analysis
19:45 Kick Off on 10th Sept
England vs Kosovo (Tuesday 10 September) is England’s biggest game yet in the qualifying stages of Euro 2020. England top Group A with nine points after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria, but Kosovo are now in second place after Saturday’s 2-1 home win over the Czech Republic.
England’s Recent Form
England quickly put their UEFA Nations League disappointment behind them against Bulgaria on Saturday, with a Harry Kane hat-trick the highlight of a comfortable 4-0 win. That means England have now won all three of their Euro 2020 games, scoring 14 goals and conceding just one.
The victory over Bulgaria was also England’s fifth consecutive home win since they lost to Spain at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League group stages.
Kosovo’s Recent Form
Kosovo endured a tough time during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, losing nine of their 10 matches. But since then they have strung together an unbeaten run of 15 matches. That run started with friendly wins over Latvia, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, and Albania. It then continued with four wins and two draws which saw them win Group D3 of the UEFA Nations League, a group which contained the lowly-rated trio of Azerbaijan, Malta, and the Faroe Islands.
But confidence is a wonderful thing and that group victory was followed with a 2-2 home draw against the useful Denmark. Kosovo made it three successive draws with a home draw against Bulgaria and an away draw against Montenegro in their opening two qualifiers for Euro 2020, but have upped their form again since with a 3-2 away win in Bulgaria and a 2-1 home win against the Czech Republic.
England v Kosovo Head-To-Heads
England and Kosovo have never previously played each other.
England Team News
Gareth Southgate picked a few new faces in his squad for the matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo but, after choosing to start with an experienced 11 against Bulgaria, the England manager is likely to start with what he considers his best side against a team that look England’s only remaining serious challengers to top the group.
But it was nice to see Southgate give Mason Mount his senior international debut with 25 minutes to go against Bulgaria, and the Chelsea starlet could be a future England star.