England have already qualified for Euro 2020, but there is still plenty to play for today in Kosovo.

The Three Lions have won Group A with six wins from seven games, and have outscored every other nation so far in qualifying with 33 goals.

The Three Lions have ensured passage to next summer’s finals, but there will be fierce competition for places in Gareth Southgate‘s final 23-man squad.

That makes today’s final qualifier in Kosovo a key game for some of Southgate’s side, who will see this as one of their last chances to prove themselves before England bid for glory next summer.

With kick-off scheduled for 5pm GMT, follow all the latest news and build-up to today’s match at Pristina City Stadium.

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Defensive dilemma

 

Things get interesting in defence, with Southgate still seemingly not decided on his first-choice back four.

Recent performances suggest that of the four positions, only two are nailed down – Harry Maguire at centre-back, and Ben Chilwell at left-back.

Southgate is spoilt for choice on the right, with Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold keeping the likes of Kyle Walker and Aaron Wan-Bissaka out of the squad altogether.

In the middle, Maguire could be joined by Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori, or Man City’s John Stones.


Midfield debut?

In midfield, Jordan Henderson is out with a virus. That could mean a chance for Declan Rice in a holding role, while James Maddison may get a full debut alongside Harry Winks.


Sterling back; bad week for Gomez

 

One certainty is that Raheem Sterling will be back after being dropped on Thursday following his bust-up with Joe Gomez.

In two cruel twists of fate for Gomez, the defender was booed when he came on at Wembley, and will also miss this game due to a knock to the knee.

Credit to Sterling, he came out after the match and tweeted his support for Gomez, taking full blame for the bust-up while condemning the fans who booed Gomez – but that will be of little consolation to the Liverpool player right now.


Full debut for Abraham?

So with some problems left to fix, we doubt whether Southgate will make wholesale changes to his starting lineup.

 

Tammy Abraham will be desperate for a start after scoring his first senior England goal off the bench on Thursday, but Harry Kane is very rarely dropped – and the fact the captain came off vs Montenegro suggests he was afforded a bit of rest so he could play today.


Goal glut glossed over issues

 

Speaking of errors, it may seem churlish to poke holes in a 7-0 win, but England’s midfield and defence allowed Montenegro some fine chances on Thursday night at Wembley.

 

The Three Lions were clearly superior, but the amount of opportunities the visitors enjoyed through the centre will have alarmed Southgate – and there is no doubt a player of, say, Kylian Mbappe’s quality would fully exploit those holes next summer.


There is a nagging doubt that England have not really been pushed in qualification save for that defeat, and when it comes to Euro 2020 against other elite nations, there will be no room for error.


So, while it may seem like England have nothing to play for other than pride today, there is more to this one than meets the eye.

 

The 2-1 defeat at Czech Republic rankled Southgate, and while it was England’s toughest test of the group stage, they failed it with a poor performance.


Group A as it stands

 

Permutations

England have won the group, with the Czech Republic confirmed in second. Kosovo will go into the play-offs as a Nations League D group winner, as will Bulgaria due to the League C rankings – though they could yet move into a higher tier.


England’s Euro 2020 qualification campaign draws to a close today, with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions reaching next summer’s finals in some style.


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TV channel and live stream information

The match will be televised for free on ITV 1, with coverage from 4.15pm. Fans can also live stream the match online via the ITV Hub and app.

Team news

Don’t expect Gareth Southgate to make too many changes.​ Raheem Sterling will come in after being dropped, though Jordan Henderson (virus) and Joe Gomez (knee) did not travel for the match.

Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori will be hopeful for making his debut, with Thursday debutant James Maddison now looking for his first start.

Predicted lineup: Pickford, Trippier, Maguire, Mings, Rose, Rice, Chamberlain, Winks, Hudson-Odoi, Sterling, Kane

England squad

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Aston Villa)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), John Stones (Man City) , Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: James Maddison (Leicester), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)

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