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Albania 0-2 England – World Cup qualifiers – Player Ratings

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Harry Kane scored his first England goal in over 500 days as the Three Lions eased to a 2-0 win over Albania on Sunday.

England made it two wins from two at the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win in Albania. Harry Kane scored the opener and set up the second for in-form Chelsea star Mason Mount to mark a relatively easy win.

Despite seeing most of the ball in the first period, the Three Lions struggled to get any clear-cut chance at goal. Infact, their first real effort at goal came via Kyle Walker in the 32nd minute. Six minutes later, it was a completely different story.

Captain Harry Kane set his side on the way to victory, heading home Luke Shaw’s cross after 38 minutes for his first England goal since November 2019.

The assist saw Luke Shaw carry on his impressive form for club and country.

The goal was the 33rd in England colors for Harry Kane and saw him join esteemed category as well. The goal also meant the Tottenham man has now scored in 17 different stadiums for the Three Lions. Only Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney have done so in more.

Kane could have scored a second three minutes later but his effort hit the bar.

England grew better after the goal and it was inevitable the second goal would come soon enough. This time, Kane turned provider in the second half, setting-up Mason Mount to seal the victory.

Just as expected, England have now followed the 5-0 thrashing of San Marino with another convincing victory.

Player ratings

Albania: Berisha (6), Veseli (5), Djimsiti (6), Ismajili (6), Hysaj (5), Memolla (5), Bare (6), Laci (6), Broja (6), Cikallesh (5), Uzuni (6)

England: Pope (6), Walker (7), Maguire (7), Stones (6), Shaw (8), Foden (7), Rice (7), Phillips (7), Sterling (8), Mount (8) Kane (8)

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