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ENGLAND head to Albania for the second game of their World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
The Three Lions kicked off their campaign in style on Thursday night with a 5-0 win over European minnows San Marino.
Ollie Watkins scored a last-minute debut goal for England as they beat San Marino 5-0Credit: Reuters
Gareth Southgate’s men can expect sterner opposition when they make the 2,000-mile roundtrip to Albania on Sunday.
Here’s all you need to know about the next match in England’s journey to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
What time does Albania vs England kick off?
- The World Cup qualifier kicks off at 5pm UK time on Saturday, March 28.
- The match will take place at Arena Kombetare in Tirana.
- The two teams are in Group I of Uefa’s World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
What channel is Albania vs England on and can it be streamed?
- Albania vs England will be shown live on ITV on Sunday, March 28,
- Coverage starts at 4:10pm and the match kicking off at 5pm.
- The game will also be streamed live on the ITV Hub.
Who else are in England’s group?
Joining England and Albania in their World Cup qualifying group are Poland, Hungary, Andorra and San Marino.
Hungary and Poland played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in Budapest on Thursday, with a late goal from star striker Robert Lewandowski ensuring the Poles went home with a point.
England’s opponents on Sunday evening got their campaign off to a winning start after they beat Andorra 1-0 away from home.
What can we expect from the hosts?
Albania is ranked 66th in the men’s FIFA World Rankings and finished top of their Nations League group last year.
Albania beat Andorra 1-0 in their first World Cup qualifierCredit: Reuters
The team are managed by veteran Italian manager Edoardo Reja, who has been in charge of the national team since 2019.
Their squad features talented centre-back Marash Kumbulla who plays for Roma in Serie A, Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj and Chelsea youngster Armando Broja.
England have won all four of their previous encounters with Albania, with the last match played between the two nations taking place in September 2001 when England ran out 2-0 winners.
What is the team news?
Harry Kane was rested in the victory over San Marino on Thursday night and Gareth Southgate is likely to restore the England captain to the starting XI in Tirana.
Harry Maguire, Declan Rice and Phil Foden all started the Wembley win on the bench and will be hoping to start England’s second Group I game from the off.