England ENG Maguire (9'), Kane (18', 33', 45+2), Henderson (28')
5-0 FT
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WC Qualification Gameweek 9
Nov 12, 2021 KO: 19:45

England - Albania

Wembley Stadium London
Referee: Ruddy Buquet
Maguire 9'  
Kane 18'  
Henderson 28'  
Kane 33'  
Kane 45+2  

Match preview

Rice out - How England could line up against Albania

Declan Rice has withdrawn from the England squad due to illness, but the Three Lions remain strong favourites

England manager Gareth Southgate will be without influential midfielder Declan Rice for Thursday's World Cup Qualifying encounter against Albania.

The West Ham star was named in the initial squad but hasn't trained after falling ill.

Mason Mount and Luke Shaw are in the squad, but are yet to train as the former is recovering from dental surgery, while the latter suffered concussion in Manchester United's loss against Manchester City.

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At the moment, there are no plans for any of the above trio to be replaced.

One player who has been called up as a replacement is Emile Smith Rowe, who has earned his first place in a senior England squad, with Marcus Rashford dropping out.

England are unbeaten in Group I so far and sit top of the standings with 20 points taken from their opening eight fixtures.

Jordan Pickford will start in goal in behind a likely back four of Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Ben Chilwell.

With Rice out, it should be an easy decision for Southgate to partner Jordan Henderson in midfield with Kalvin Phillips.

Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish will likely be the favoured midfield three in behind lone striker Harry Kane.

Predicted England XI v Albania

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  Average Match Rating  
7.4
  Home  
6.1
6.9
  Away  
6.9
7.2
  Total  
6.5

Match statistics

England
Statistics
Albania
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
15
10
Draws
3
4
Losses
2
6
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
44
28
Goals Per Game
2.20
1.40
More > 2.5 Goals
9
8
More > 3 Goals
6
7
Scored First in a Match
16
11
Scored Both Halves
8
6
Won More > 1 Goal
9
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
7
19
Did Not Score
2
7
Both Teams Scored
5
6
Kept Clean Sheet
14
10
Won Without Conceding
13
7
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
787
694
Possession
59
59
Passes
618
499
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
13
13
Shots on Target
5.47
4.80
Goals out of Shots
0.18
0.10
Crosses
16
21
Offsides
3.13
2.75
Penalties
0.20
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.70
0.50
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
10
11
Interceptions
9.50
11
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
17
18
Total Shots Conceded
6.35
6.63
Shots on Target Conceded
2.21
2.63
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.06
0.15
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
13
Yellow Cards
1.05
2.45
Red Cards
0.00
0.00