Kosovo v England: Excitement for final Euro 2020 qualifying game

Kosovo v England: Excitement for final Euro 2020 qualifying game

17.11.2019

Kosovo v England: Excitement for final Euro 2020 qualifying game

England are greeted with enthusiasm and warmth in Pristina as they close out their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Kosovo.

"They have the chance to create a historic result and we are very confident we are going to receive a brilliant reception."

It is also understood Kosovo were happy to vacate their usual hotel base on the outside of the city to allow England to make it their headquarters - although the evidence from

England recovered from losing an early goal to lead 5-1 at half-time, Kosovo threatening an unlikely comeback before Southgate's side ran out 5-3 winners.

"I know there has been racism at England games. I don't know the reason but in our country that cannot happen, not just because we are friendly but because these players are idols to our people.

Despite this, there will also be a sense of celebration surrounding this game as Kosovo's team - exciting, positive and ambitious in that loss at St Mary's - can measure its progress against one of the main hopes for Euro 2020 in front of their own fervent support.

at Wembley confirming qualification for a tournament in which all three group games will be at home - with the semi-finals and final also on their own turf.

It has not been without its difficult moments, such as that racial abuse in Montenegro and Bulgaria and the disturbance at St George's Park last Monday that saw Manchester City's

Sterling returns here although Gomez stayed behind after suffering an accidental knock to the knee in a tackle with Kieran Trippier.

In the absence of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson through illness, can Tottenham's Harry Winks build on his good impression? And how will Southgate eventually weigh up the respective claims of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Trippier at right-back?

can build on the excellent impression he made in extreme circumstances in Bulgaria, with a mature performance on and off the pitch after he was one of the players subjected to racial abuse.

For now, the immediate priority is finishing with a flourish on Sunday in a city where England's every move is followed with intense interest and their players are sporting icons.

Read more: BBC News (UK)

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Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson pull out of England squad to face KosovoJoe Gomez and Jordan Henderson are to miss England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier in Kosovo on Sunday due to illness and injury, respectively Well done for using the word “respectively” in the exact wrong manner in literally the first sentence of this article. Incredible Gomez, Henderson and Robertson...

Gomez caps nightmare week with injury as England target success in KosovoJoe Gomez has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifer against Kosovo in Pristina on Sunday after an accidental training-ground collision with team-mate Kieran Tripper Nightmare week ? Beating your biggest title rivals and then getting booed by a few idiots while winning 7-0 Why nightmare Beats City Capped for England Proves he is a real gent when tantrum boy Stirling loses it and now regrettable he has injury Let's not denigrate this geezer because he stood up to a bully and dickheads that boo him are no better than Stirling Wait. Liverpool beat City, are riding high and he gets a little scratch from Sterling ! He isn’t needed for the Kosovo game as he’s bigger fish to fry with his club side. He’s come out very well from it and just hope his ‘collision’ is a bit of bruising.

Only way to stop Raheem Sterling is by breaking his leg, jokes Kosovo coachKosovo’s coach, Bernard Challandes, has assured that his side are ‘too nice’ to resort to violence against an England team that he says may be the best in Europe Totally unacceptable comment- this World is fucking mad if we tolerate this type of crap Why not.. following his president footsteps...

Gomez caps nightmare week with injury as England target success in KosovoJoe Gomez has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifer against Kosovo in Pristina on Sunday after an accidental training-ground collision with team-mate Kieran Tripper Nightmare week ? Beating your biggest title rivals and then getting booed by a few idiots while winning 7-0 Why nightmare Beats City Capped for England Proves he is a real gent when tantrum boy Stirling loses it and now regrettable he has injury Let's not denigrate this geezer because he stood up to a bully and dickheads that boo him are no better than Stirling Wait. Liverpool beat City, are riding high and he gets a little scratch from Sterling ! He isn’t needed for the Kosovo game as he’s bigger fish to fry with his club side. He’s come out very well from it and just hope his ‘collision’ is a bit of bruising.

Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson pull out of England squad to face KosovoJoe Gomez and Jordan Henderson are to miss England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier in Kosovo on Sunday due to illness and injury, respectively Well done for using the word “respectively” in the exact wrong manner in literally the first sentence of this article. Incredible Gomez, Henderson and Robertson...

England’s Euro 2020 side takes shape but Southgate will keep options open | David HytnerGareth Southgate is confident England have solved their problems going forward but still feels they need to improve on keeping top sides at bay

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