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Score and latest updates from World Cup qualifier



To our live coverage of England’s penultimate match in qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate expects an improved performance from his side – including mentally-refreshed captain Harry Kane – as they look to all but wrap up qualification by beating Albania tonight.

A sell-out crowd will flock to Wembley for England’s final home match of a mammoth international year that saw the Three Lions fall to an agonising Euro 2020 penalty shootout loss to Italy.

England should have another shot at a first trophy since 1966 in Qatar next winter given they boast a three-point cushion over nearest rivals Poland with just two Group I games to go.

A trip to minnows San Marino provides the ideal final opposition after tonight’s match. But Southgate expects a response from his players following their poor performance in last month’s 1-1 home draw with Hungary.

“We know from looking at the other results around Europe that most teams have dropped points at one stage or other,” the England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It’s not easy to go a whole qualifying campaign without dropping points.

“We’ve still got a bit to do. Our focus this week has been on performance levels and making sure that we get the performance levels right.

“And, of course, we’re going to play a very competitive opponent who are still alive in the competition, so we’ve got to be mentally prepared as well.

“Last month we dealt very well with the game in Andorra, which could have been more complicated, and really the one performance where we didn’t hit our level was against Hungary.

“So, I think we’re keen to put that right. We’ve talked about that and we’ve talked about the areas for improvement, and we expect to put that right tomorrow.”

We’ll have all the build-up you need, including team news when it emerges, and then live updates throughout the game which kicks off at 7.45pm.




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