ENG vs KOS Dream11 | England vs Kosovo UEFA EURO Qualifiers
Gareth Southgate’s England will be taking on a resilient Kosovo side who sit on the second spot in ‘Group A’ of the UEAFA EURO Qualifiers who are yet to endure a defeat in the four games that they’ve featured in.
With two draws and a couple of surprising wins versus Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, England will vary of the threat Kosovo posses.
However, England will be a tough cookie to crack as they’ve thumped Czech Republic, Montenegro, and Bulgaria by scoring a total of fourteen goals in those three qualifying group games while conceding just the one.
Players such as Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling have been prolific in front of goal as England comfortably accommodate the top spot in the points table.
The game will be kicking off at the 11:15 (IST) at the St Mary’s Stadium on September 10. Swiss referee, Sandro Scharer will be officiating the match.
Head to Head:
Since Kosovo was brought into contention by FIFA in the year 2014, this will be the first time they will be squaring off against England in any competition.
Having scored five goals each in the ongoing EURO 2020 Qualifiers, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling will look to continue their goal-scoring run while facing an inexperienced Kosovo defense.
The back four comprising of Harry Maguire, Michael Keane, Alexander-Arnold, and Danny Rose have been close-knit, while the midfield of Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley and the rest have done their distribution of the ball in a precise manner.
With Kosovo having the unbeaten streak to their name in the qualifiers so far, Head Coach, Bernard Challandes will yet again martial his troops to create a bigger and a much better upset this time around. Vedat Muriqi and Elbasan Rashani can prove to be the danger men against England.
England Team News
Attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard will be unavailable for the “Three Lions” due to illness. Lingard’s newly brought in Manchester United colleague, Aaron Wan Bissaka has pulled out of training from the English camp too.
The 21-year-old right-back will be returning to his club for treatment for a back injury.
Goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford, Tom Heaton, Nick Pope
Defenders – Michael Keane, Eric Dier, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Danny Rose, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Tyrone Mings, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Tarkowski, Joe Gomez
Midfielders – Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, James Maddison, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin, Harry Winks
Forwards – Callum Wilson, Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford
Head Coach – Gareth Southgate
England Starting XI (probables):
Pickford (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, Declan Rice, Ross Barkley, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane
Kosovo Team News
Kosovo, on the other hand, doesn’t have such injury concerns.
Kyle Walker remains unavailable as well.
Goalkeepers – Samir Ujkani, Faton Maloku, Arijanet Muric, Visar Bekaj
Defenders – Jetmir Krasniqi, Arbenit Xhemajli, Ardin Dalku, Fidan Aliti, Amir Rrahmani, Florent Hadergjonaj, Mergim Vojvoda, Leart Paqarada, Mirlind Kryeziu
Idriz Voca, Herlind Shala, Hekuran Kryeziu, Milot Rashica, Besar Halimi, Bersant Celina, Arber Zeneli, Donis Avdijaj, Valon Berisha, Benjamin Kololli, Vedat Muriqi, Edon Zhegrova
Shkelqim Demhasaj, Elbasan Rashani, Atdhe Nuhiu, Lirim Kastrati, Bernard Berisha
Head Coach- Bernard Challandes
Kosovo Starting XI (probables):
Arijanet Muric, Mergim Vojvoda, Amir Rhahmani, Fidan Aliti, Florent Hadergjonaj, Idriz Voca, Besar Halimi, Edon Zhegrova, Bersant Celina, Elbasan Rashani, Vedat Muriqi
Raheem Sterling (England)
Vedar Muriqi (Kosovo)
An England win looks indefinite with the team functioning as a dominant force as the forwards continue to bang in the goals. With the perfect integration of youth and experience, the Three Lions might finally end Kosovo’s resilience as Gareth Southgate’s men look to carry on their momentum with more points gained at home.