KOS vs ENG Dream11: England will look to end their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on a positive note as they play Kosovo in the final game at Pristina City Stadium. This will be the England football team’s first visit to Kosovo.
The Three Lions secured their place in next summer’s Euro 2020 with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring in the 11th minute, while Harry Kane scored three times in 19 minutes to score a hattrick. Other scorers for England were Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham, while Aleksandar Sofranac scored an own goal. It was England’s 1000th game and it couldn’t have any better.
There are many reasons why the current England team evokes different feelings about them. Not only Gareth Southgate’s men became the highest goal scorer in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, after scoring 13 times in the last two games, but the current team is also England’s youngest in 60 years. So there are a lot of players who are yet to reach their peak, and it indicates that England are only going to better and better.
Kosovo should be proud of their efforts despite them missing out on the Euro 2020 finals. For a country that small, it’s incredible that they are competing at this level, and producing so many good footballers. They are 3rd on the points table heading into this match, having won three times in the first seven games. They are already out of Euro 2020 contention and will be playing for pride in this match.
Competition: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Match Timing: November 17, @ 10:30 PM
Match Venue: Pristina City Stadium
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Kosovo team news:
Kosovo will go into this match without the services of their all-time record goalscorer Vedat Muriqi who is out due to an injury. But the hosts have a good replacement in Valon Berisha who is in good form and is expected to start.
Another option for the home team is Sheffield Wednesday’s forward Atdhe Nuhiu who was on the scoresheet for Kosovo in the last game against the Czech republic. Nuhiu leads the Kosovo pack in English football with Florent Hadergjonaj, Bersant Celina and Arijanet Muric being the other notable players plying their trade in England.
Elba Rashani could get the start here as well. He has scored four goals in the last 10 matches for Kosovo.
Goalkeeper: Samir Ujkani, Arijanet Muric, Visar Bekaj
Defenders: Amir Rrahmani, Mërgim Vojvoda, Leart Paqarada, Fidan Aliti, Florent Hadergjonaj, Ibrahim Drešević, Arbenit Xhemajli
Midfielders: Milot Rashica, Besar Halimi, Valon Berisha, Bersant Celina, Edon Zhegrova, Herolind Shala, Benjamin Kololli, Anel Rashkaj, Idriz Voca, Florent Hasani, Florent Muslija
Forwards: Atdhe Nuhiu, Elba Rashani
England team news:
England defender Joe Gomez has been ruled out due to an injury he suffered in the training ground. According to reports, Liverpool start had a collision with Kieran Trippier, who was in the same team as him.
In a further blow, especially for Liverpool who are set to go through a busy schedule after the international break, Jordan Henderson pulled out of the squad due to illness.
Trent Alexander-Arnold had a solid outing against Montenegro but the Liverpool star could make way for Kieran Tripper in the playing 11 as Southgate keeps every player up and running in England set up. Ben Chilwell should start at left-back.
Gomez’ injury means, John Stones and Harry Maguire are expected to partner at the back, but Tyrone Mings is an option as well.
In the midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to get another chance as he looks to become a regular in England’s team. Declan Rice battles with Harry Winks for a place in the midfield.
Mason Mount could make way for Leicester City’s in-form star James Maddison. Raheem Sterling should start here, having missed the last game due to disciplinary reasons.
Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, John Stones, Tomori, Kevin Trippier
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harry Winks, Declan Rice
Strikers: Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson
Kosovo: Muric (GK), Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Kololli, Halimi, Berisha, Hadergjonaj, Celina, Rashica, Nuhiu
England: Pickford (GK), Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Chilwell, Rice / Winks, Maddison, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Kane, Rashford
Goalkeeper: A Muric
Defenders: Alexander, Chilwell, Aliti
Midfielders: Chamberlain, Hudson-Odoi, D Rice, Kololli
Attackers: Kane (C), Sterling (VC), Nuhui
England are clear favorites to win this game. Likely scoreline: 0-3