England 5-1 Kosovo LIVE: Jadon Sancho DOUBLE, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling on target
ENGLAND welcomes Kosovo to St Mary’s Stadium seeking to maintain its perfect record in the 2020 Eurocup qualification.
ENGLAND 5-1 KOSOVO | BERISHA (1), ESTERLA (7), KANE (19), VOJVODA (38), SANCHO (44, 46)
England XI: Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Rice, Keane, Maguire, Sterling, Henderson, Kane, Barkley, Sancho
Kosovo XI: Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonahj, Voca, Halimi, Muslija, Celina, Berisha, Muriqi
Valon Berisha opens the scoring in 40 seconds – Michael Keane’s mistake
Raheem Sterling gets up to nod home with Michael Keane’s head
Harry Kane scores his fourth goal in two games to give England the advantage
Mergim Vojvoda puts pst to his own ‘guardian of the center of Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho gets a goal by converting from close range
Raheem Sterling leaves it on a plate for Jadon Sancho, who drinks it at home
Johnny: Kevin De Bruyne got three assists and one goal last night and there were infinite praise and applause for him all night. Raheem Sterling has done exactly the same thing in ONE HALF and has not received the same amount of praise. Baffling.
Rob: Kosovo is an impressive team and it is refreshing to see them attack England, but their opening has been their ruin. They simply cannot allow Sterling, Kane and Sancho so much space in the second half or this could become a cricket score.
Josh: What a ruthless performance! Raheem Sterling is on another level. Sublime individual performance.
ENGLAND 5-1 KOSOVO
HT: I think England is going to beat this one, folks.
ENGLAND 5-1 KOSOVO | SANCHO
46: GO! England continues its free scoring form in the Euro 2020 classification. The Gareth Southgate team has a FIFTH before the break with Jadon Sancho grabbing a second.
He points to Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City star does everything but put him on the net for him.
With 19 years and 159 days, Jadon Sancho is the youngest player to score more than once in an international match for England from Wayne Rooney against Croatia in June 2004 (18 years, 241 days).
ENGLAND 4-1 KOSOVO | SANCHO
44: GOAL! If it was not a game, set and combine before, it is certainly now when Jadon Sancho adds a room. What an empathetic response of 1-0 down after 34 seconds.
Kosovo is trying to be so expansive and that plays in the hands of England. Raheem Sterling pinches the box before taking it out for Sancho to turn and convert.
43: Surely that is the game, establish and combine England.
40: Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling have combined for six goals since Gareth Southgate took over England; at least three times more than any other duo in this period.
Oh, and the passionate Bernard Challandes is reserved for his protests.
ENGLAND 3-1 KOSOVO | VOJVODA
38: OBJECTIVE! England is ahead and Kosovo’s manager, Bernard Challandes, is absolutely livid. I will explain why.
The visitors are furious because they had a man mistreated in the accumulation. England doesn’t seem to notice, so he continued playing.
Jadon Sancho goes down the flank before sending a low cross through the goal that Vojvoda delivers.
37: OK, who brought the vuvuzelas? Such a horrible sound. The English band goes out of their way to drown them, but it’s not working. You may want to mute your TVs.
34: Corner to England. Ben Chilwell jogs to deliver while Michael Keane and Harry Maguire enter the box … finished! The Everton defender rises higher, but shoots the header miles above the crossbar.
31: Good counter of England. It is quite rare that the Three Lions have such opportunities at home. Jordan Henderson overtakes him, but his pass to Raheem Sterling is intercepted by Rrahmani.
28: Do we always play at St Mary’s?
25: I still haven’t seen much of Jadon Sancho tonight. Well, we hadn’t done it until he roasted his man and left it for Ross Barkley. Chelsea ace sends it.
More control over England now. That does not mean that Kosovo is not pressing yet. I don’t think that changes until the final beep.
22: I was going to say “panic”, but I’m not so sure. Berisha somehow manages to send a wonderful cross from the left that just rolled ahead of the arrival of Muriqi.