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Harry Kane’s first international goal in 16 months gave England a comfortable win in Albania as Gareth Southgate’s side went on to qualify for the World Cup without any problems

After starting off the road to Qatar with a straight 5-0 triumph over San Marino, the three Lions went to Tirana to play their final game on foreign soil before awaiting a round of 16 for Euro 2020

England got off to a slow start and won 2-0 against well-trained Albania Kane’s first international goal since November 2019 and a good performance by Mason Mount ensured that they took control group I before Poland’s visit

Luke Shaw was one of the six changes in Sunday’s qualification and marked his first appearance since September 2018 with a nice cross that Kane expertly brought home towards the end of a dreary first half

The English skipper rattled the bar shortly afterwards and Phil Foden saw a shot on the post at the beginning of the second half

The men of Southgate won the competition in 63rd Minute ended when Kane came through Mount to curl home superbly as the visitors benefited from a bad mistake by Albanian defender Berat Djimsiti

This encounter was exactly 20 years after England’s last game in Albania, where the hosts made life uncomfortable during the opening exchange

Edoardo Reja’s organized and hungry team forced the 13th They made a mistake in the minute they should have done better. Mount’s unpredictable pass was picked up and Albania broke off, but Myrto Uzuni shot poorly over Nick Pope’s goal from the edge of the box

John Stones, who made his second international start within a few days, had walked out of a corner shortly before this warning shot for an English team who were having trouble setting up a game in the clumsy square of the Air Albania Stadium

Impressive defenses compounded the lack of creativity on the part of the visitors, and Kyle Walker’s hopeful long-distance efforts summed up the three lions’ growing desperation

But the men at Southgate always had the quality 66 Violating place in the world rankings, and moved to 38th Minute forward

Returning Shaw curled up over a beautiful cross for the first time from the left, which Kane reached for a superb header that found the lower right corner

England almost added another in four minutes Raheem Sterling leaned over a nice cross with his right foot from the same area, with Kane standing at the far post in front of Hysen Memolla and hitting the crossbar

Neither team made any changes at halftime, and the Southgate men came back with their forefoot and scored in the 52nd Minute again on the wood

Sterling stayed cool under pressure, leaning back for Manchester City teammate Foden to hit a left-footed shot that Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha tipped onto the post

Walker watched a sizzling cross clear and Kane miss a shot from a corner as England tried to bed the match, which they did in 63rd Minute made

Djimsiti’s attempt to pass out from behind only managed to find Sterling, who kicked the ball at Kane, the English skipper played a nice ball all the way to Mount and the Chelsea midfielder rolled home coolly

Kane was amused when he challenged Albania’s defense to go home from close range and saw a shot deflected wide in added time

But the game was long over on a night in which the Pope did not have to deal seriously with a serious goal threat

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