If the present Premier is turning into an ordeal for Harry Kane, who has only scored one goal for his Tottenham in the current English championship, the England captain vindicated himself this Friday by achieving a hat trick in a 5-0 that leaves the runner-up in Europe very close to qualifying for the World Cup.
After the ‘little hand’ against Albania, England continues with 3 points more than Poland, 2nd and who beat Andorra 1-4. On the last day of this group I, San Marino-England, Poland-Hungary and Albania-Andorra
The England festival was started by Harry Maguire with a header after a foul served by Reece James. It was the 9th minute and Gareth Southgate’s men were already on the scoreboard.
And it was on the 18th when the ‘Kane show’ started. The England captain opened his personal header account after a cross from Jordan Henderson. On 28 ‘it happened the other way around: the Liverpool captain, assisted by Kane, scored behind a wall between them.
Before the break there were still 2 more ‘targets’ from the Tottenham striker. At 4-0 he was assisted by Raheem Sterling at 33 ‘and by Phil Foden at 5-0. Harry Kane delighted the Wembley crowd with an acrobatic volley in the first half discount.
With everything settled, England took their foot off the gas in the second half, in which there were no more goals and what many English fans expected happened: Arsenal striker Emile Smith Rowe made his debut for England, who relieved Sterling.
In the end, 5-0 by Southgate in a match in which, before the minute of silence in memory of those who fell in the two Great Wars and other war conflicts, there was a tribute to Ron Flowers, a member of the English team. world champion in 1966 and died this Friday.
England, 5-Albania, 0
England: Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Stones; James (Alexander-Arnold 76 ‘), Henderson, Phillips (Bellingham, 63’), Chilwell; Foden (Grealish, 63 ‘), Sterling (Smith-Rowe, 76’) and Kane (Abraham, 63 ‘)
Albania: Strakosha; Ismajili, Kumbulla (Dermaku, 17 ‘), Veseli; Hysaj, Bare (Laci, 12 ‘), Gjasula, Bajrami (Ramadani, 46’), Trashi (Mihaj, 46 ‘); Cikalleshi and Uzuni (Roshi, 86 ‘)
Goals: 1-0, Maguire (9 ‘) 2-0, Kane (18’); 3-0, Henderson (28 ‘); 4-0, Kane (33 ‘) 5-0, Kane (45 + 2)
Spectators: 80,366 at Wembley
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France). Yellow cards: Gjasula (8 ‘), Cikalleshi (21’), Ismajili (25 ‘) and Laci (66’)