England vs Albania prediction: How will World Cup qualifier play out?

Harry Kane celebrates scoring with Raheem Sterling

England will be hoping to avoid a slip-up as they welcome Albania to Wembley.

Edoardo Reja’s side are third in Group I behind their hosts and Poland and were beaten 2-0 in Tirana by Gareth Southgate’s side earlier this year.

Armando Broja seems set to be available for the Albanians having returned from injury for Southampton, but fellow former Vitesse Arnhem loanee Mason Mount will miss out for England after the removal of his wisdom teeth.

Mount had been on target in the reverse fixture, along with Harry Kane, who will hope that international duty may be liberating after continued struggles in front of goal at Tottenham.

Here’s everything you need to know about the fixture.

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When is it?

The match at Wembley will kick-off at 7.45pm GMT on Friday 12 November.

How can I watch it?

ITV will show live coverage of the fixture in the UK, with coverage due to begin at 7pm. The game can also be watched live via the ITV Hub app or website.

Team News

England will be without Mason Mount, who underwent dental surgery earlier this week and is also doubtful for the encounter with San Marino.

Gareth Southgate is similarly concerned about the availability of Luke Shaw, who is going through the concussion protocols having suffered a brain injury and did not join up with the squad on Monday as planned, while James Ward-Prowse is ill and has withdrawn.

Marcus Rashford is also working on regaining full fitness, though Emile Smith Rowe has earned a first England call-up and could press for a debut.

For Albania, Armando Broja’s return from an ankle injury for Southampton last weekend was timely, but Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha has a knee issue and is doubtful.

Predicted line-ups

England: Pickford; James, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell; Henderson, Rice; Sterling, Grealish, Foden; Kane.

Albania: Berisha; Hysaj, Ismajli, Kumbulla, Veseli; Ramadani, Bare, Bajrami; Roshi, Broja, Uzuni.

Odds

England 2/17

Draw 8/1

Albania 28/1

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Prediction

England should have too much quality for Albania, a well-organised side under Edoardo Reja but perhaps one that will struggle to exploit any defensive vulnerabilities that Southgate’s team might have. England 3-1 Albania

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