England vs Albania LIVE: World Cup qualifier team news, line-ups and build-up tonight

Follow live coverage as England play Albania as they look to close in on a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup tonight.

Gareth Southgate’s side need four points from their remaining two qualifying games to ensure their place at next year’s tournament. They will have to get them without a host of first-team options, however, with Declan Rice joining Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount in being missing from this one.

The Three Lions will be hoping for a better performance than last time out at Wembley when they only managed draw against Hungary. “I don’t remember saying we underestimated them,” Southgate said. “Hungary came and defended really well. We didn’t play at the level we’ve hit this calendar year.

“We’ve had a good focus this week on making sure we’re on the front foot in the game and making sure that our pressing is better than it was that night and making sure we’re sharp with the ball and move it quickly. These teams are well organised and you’ve got to break down a packed defence. Our quality has got to come to the fore. But if you can win the ball higher up the pitch you can catch them when they are perhaps a little bit disorganised. They are things that we’ve had a good training week to focus on.”

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England changes

Gareth Southgate makes five changes to his starting XI that drew 1-1 with Hungary back on 12th October. Tyrone Mings settles for a place on the bench as Harry Maguire returns and Ben Chilwell replaces the injured Luke Shaw.

Declan Rice and Mason Mount dropped out of the squad through illness/injury so Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson come into midfield with Reece James also in the line-up as Jack Grealish starts from the bench.

Up top, Harry Kane leads the line with Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling on either side of the England captain.

Line-ups: England vs Albania

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell, James, Phillips, Henderson, Sterling, Kane, Foden

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Gareth Southgate wants absentee-hit England to make amends for last month’s poor performance against Hungary and all but wrap up World Cup qualification by showing their quality against Albania

A trip to minnows San Marino provides the ideal final opposition after Friday’s match against obdurate Albania, who Southgate expects a response against following their below par display in last month’s home draw with Hungary.

“We’ve had a good focus this week on making sure we’re on the front foot in the game and making sure that our pressing is better than it was that night and making sure we’re sharp with the ball and move it quickly.

“These teams are well organised and you’ve got to break down a packed defence. Our quality has got to come to the fore.

“But if you can win the ball higher up the pitch you can catch them when they are perhaps a little bit disorganised. They are things that we’ve had a good training week to focus on.”

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