England vs Albania – World Cup qualifier: Team news, kick-off time, TV channel, stream, odds

England will look to put a disappointing draw against Hungary behind them when they take on Albania on Friday night, in a match that can all-but secure the Three Lions a place in the 2022 World Cup. 

Gareth Southgate’s side put in an unconvincing display at Wembley last time out as they missed the opportunity to move five points clear of Poland with two games remaining.  

England remain in pole position to qualify as Group I winners, however, with the team that finishes in second going into a play-off round, which takes place in March next year. 

The Three Lions would take a giant step towards qualification with a win, though even a draw would most likely suffice with their final outing coming against San Marino on Monday.  

England were successful in the reverse fixture back in March, with goals from Harry Kane and Mason Mount sealing a routine 2-0 win. 

With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.

Gareth Southgate’s England can take a giant step towards qualification with a win over Albania

When is England vs Albania? 

The World Cup qualifier between England and Albania will take place on Friday, November 12.  

The match will start at 7.45pm BST and will be played at England’s home stadium of Wembley. 

Group I rivals Poland, who sit just three points behind England with two games remaining, are also in action on Friday against Andorra as they look to pile the pressure on, while Hungary host San Marino.  

How to watch the match

England vs Albania will be broadcast for free on ITV1, with coverage starting at 7pm. 

UK viewers will be able to stream the match online for free via their ITV Hub.

There will also be a highlights package on the same channel, starting at 10.45pm, showing both England vs Albania and the other matches taking place across Europe.  

Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us. 

How is Group I shaping up? 

England were left disappointed by their 1-1 draw with Hungary last time out, but with two games remaining they remain the overwhelming favourites to clinch top spot. 

Southgate’s side sit three points above second-placed Poland with a superior goal difference, though the latter face an easier opponent in Andorra next up.  

As stated, a win would all-but secure England’s place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but in finishing their group against San Marino, even a draw should be enough.  

Despite their disappointing home draw against Hungary, England remain top of Group I

Despite their disappointing home draw against Hungary, England remain top of Group I

Harry Kane was substituted off as England gave themselves more work to do in a poor display

Harry Kane was substituted off as England gave themselves more work to do in a poor display

To absolutely guarantee a spot in the World Cup, England need four points from their remaining two games.  

As for the battle for second place, assuming England qualify as group leaders, it comes down to Poland and Albania. 

Poland will certainly fancy there chances; they would guarantee a top-two spot with victory over Andorra, providing Albania don’t take all three points at Wembley.  

Team news

The big news for England is that Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe has received his first call-up to the senior side following the withdrawals of Marcus Rashford and James Ward Prowse, while Luke Shaw’s involvement is under threat. 

Sportsmail understands England will be without Mason Mount for the clash after undergoing dental surgery to remove four wisdom teeth.  

It remains unclear whether the Chelsea star will be available for England’s final outing against San Marino on Monday.  

Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has earned his first call-up to the England senior team

Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has earned his first call-up to the England senior team

Meanwhile, Declan Rice is expected to recover from a minor illness and lineup alongside Kalvin Philipps in midfield, while Southgate faces a dilemma of choosing between Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson for the third place.

Southgate is expected to field a full strength team at Wembley, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, John Stones and Harry Maguire all expected to start.

England vs Albania: The odds

Despite falling to two disappointing draws in their last three outings, against Hungary and Poland, England remain the overwhelming favourites to prevail against Albania.   

The Three Lions are favoured at 1/10 to get the win, while Albania are the underdogs at 30/1. Meanwhile, a draw is at 17/2.    

*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.  

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