England was able to continue its successful start in the qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup with a comfortable victory over Albania in Tirana

Albania was more of a challenge than the unfortunate San Marino in England’s first 5-0 win at Wembley After Myrto Uzuni had an early chance for 66 Team the world had missed, this was routine on Gareth Southgate’s side

England captain Harry Kane picked up the mediocrity of a grueling first half on a slow surface when he turned 33 with seven minutes left of break Goal for his country scored a superbly run header from Luke Shaw’s cross

This set the stage for a more positive performance in the second half Mason Mount added in the 63 Minute one composed second after Phil Foden’s efforts were aimed at the post by Albania goalkeepers Etrit Berisha and Kane Range shot over the top

England have extended their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers to 23 games but will have to face the toughest test yet this season as Poland and their marksman Robert Lewandowski come to Wembley on Wednesday (7.45pm BST)

Kane had been through a kind of drought by his own standards. His previous goal in England came 500 days ago in a European Championship qualifier against Kosovo, and his header in Tirana ended a 496-minute run without a goal

Kane’s class remains permanent, however, so it was no surprise that he was the man who broke the impasse after England attempted to dismantle a resilient Albanian defense which Shaw received an excellent delivery to the left flank / p>

It was also a good moment for the recalled Shaw, whose impressive recent form for Manchester United deserves his inclusion

While Southgate has their ideal starting line-up for Euro 2020 in mind, Shaw, who has scored goals in his last three starts in England, is a real rival to Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell

Mount’s cool finish from Kane’s Pass after Raheem Sterling Berat intercepted Djimsiti’s pass was another example of his growing stature, and Chelsea’s rising star sure has to be a certain starter when England arrives on Nov.13 June opened his European Championship finals against Croatia at Wembley Stadium

England had one or two scared moments in defense, especially when Uzuni won with just goalkeeper Nick Pope and the goal line was goalless, but they were largely lighthearted

The more precise measure of where England’s current rate of progress lies will be measured against the world-class talent of Lewandowski from FC Bayern Munich

Southgate’s decision to pick two more defensive midfielders from Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips was another strong indicator that this will be his preferred formation at the Euros this summer

It’s a game plan that has looked sluggish at times, particularly in two Uefa Nations League games against Denmark, a goalless draw in Copenhagen and a loss at Wembley, and leaves Southgate open to allegations of over-caution

Southgate’s single-minded approach means he doesn’t have to worry about outside noise if he’s convinced it’s the way to go, as always, evidence is provided with results before and during the late Euro 2020 showcase of the summer

He is recovering from groin surgery and while Liverpool are confident he will return before the end of the season this is by no means guaranteed

If he’s fit, it looks like he’ll start alongside Rice in this opening game against Croatia

Phillips was pushed into a more advanced position in the second half, but that now appears to be Southgate’s preferred strategy

The debate about England’s goalkeeping position continues Everton’s Jordan Pickford is injured but has been Southgate’s goalkeeper of choice for some time So it still seems like his position to lose when he’s fit

Southgate will have learned little about Burnley keeper Nick Pope other than what he already knows and what he saw at the English training camp because he had nothing to do with either San Marino or Albania

That performance in England was ultimately efficient as opposed to spectacular, but Southgate can be satisfied with six points, although anything else would have raised serious questions

This can be filed under “work done” and now it goes to Poland on Wednesday

At the same time as England play Poland at Wembley on Wednesday (7.45pm CET), Albania is in San Marino

Attempt blocked Harry Kane (England) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker

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