PLAYERS ‘REVIEWS UK: Harry Kane scores for the first time in 500 days, while Raheem Sterling was a constant threat in the 2-0 win over Albania
England made light work of Albania on Sunday in their World Cup qualifier and eased to a 2-0 win.
After driving 5-0 past San Marino on Thursday, Gareth Southgate’s men scored two wins of two despite a stubborn defensive effort from Albania that disrupted England’s flow for most of the first half.
SAMI MOKBEL from Sportsmail rated the performance of each English player.
Captain Harry Kane led by example, scoring his first goal in 500 days for his country
Nick Pope – 6
First goalkeeper to keep the score six times in his first six games in England, but questions remain about his breakdown.
Kyle Walker – 6.5
Spent most of the game attacking from the right side. Has shown all his experience to help see the game. Booked.
John Stones – 6.5
Retains his place on the team and played his part in the sixth consecutive out.
Harry Maguire – 6.5
Remains one of England’s most important players on the way to the euro. Crossed through this game.
Luke Shaw – 7
First international cap since November 2019 and celebrated creating his squad’s crucial opener. One of England’s biggest winners tonight.
Luke Shaw impressed his first English cap since November 2019, assisting Kane on the opener
Declan Rice – 7
The engine in England’s midfield. Showed discipline when needed, but was willing to push the boundaries when the opportunity presented itself.
Kalvin Phillips – 6.5
Not spectacular in midfield but did the job his manager asked for as he made sure England didn’t get caught.
Raheem Sterling – 7.5 points
A thorn in the side of the Albanians. The hosts were clearly wary of the Manchester City star’s brilliance.
Raheem Sterling (right) was a constant thorn in the side of the Albanians throughout the match
Mason Mount – 7
Recovered from an early mistake that nearly gave Albania a shock opener to win England’s second place.
Phil Foden – 7
Trust is growing on an international level. Investigated and posed constant problems for the Albanians.
Phil Foden (right) once again performed confidently in an England shirt against Albania
Harry Kane – 8
He came one step closer to Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record with his first goal for England in 500 days. Assisted Mount’s goal to boot. Booked.
Subs: Ward-Prowse (for Phillips 71); Lingard (Foden 81)
Subs not used: Trippier, Coady, Johnstone, Mings, Calvert-Lewin, Watkins, Chilwell, Henderson, James, Bellingham.
Gareth Southgate -7
Doubts about England’s system and playing style will linger after that. But again, job done for the Three Lions boss.
Questions may linger in the English system, but Gareth Southgate’s guys got the job done
Albania (4-3-3): Berisha 7; Hysaj 6, Ismajli 6.5, Djimsiti 5, Veseli 6; Laci 6 (Ramadani 90), Bare 6 (Memushaj, 71), Memolla 6 (Gjasula 59); Çikalleshi 6 (Manaj 59), Broja 6 (Lenjani 59), Uzuni 6.
Subs: Selmani, Strakosha, Ajeti, Hoxhallari, Doka, Kallaku, Kamberi.
Booked: Bare, Hysaj, Gjasula
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR) – 6
Strange decision to book Kane for a 50/50 challenge, but otherwise a relatively quiet 90 minutes.
Man of the match: Kane