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Ahmed Ahmed

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:34 GMT

England are set to play Kosovo at Wembley for their fourth game of the Euro 2020 qualifiers on Tuesday September 10th.

The Three Lions have had a dominant start to their qualifying campaign, winning their first three games easily. They are expected by many to beat Kosovo comfortably at home.

Kosovo have been the surprise team of the European qualifiers so far. Not much was expected of the Balkan country, which only gained Fifa and Uefa recognition three years ago, but they have surprised many after gaining two wins and two draws from their first four games. They are second in the group, a point behind England but could move up to first with a victory on Tuesday.

England are expected to make a few changes to their win over Bulgaria on Saturday, with Jadon Sancho expected to start after coming off the bench at the weekend. Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is also expected to make his debut.

BBC reported that England manager Gareth Southgate said that his team’s frontline is among the best in the world. "I remember going to Spain [in October 2018] and thinking: 'Well, a really tough game.' But actually, you look at our front three and their front three on the night and I felt that we were strong.”

"We've got Sancho and [Chelsea youngster] Callum Hudson-Odoi who are going to push - and really push,” Southgate said, adding that he felt that the media over-focuses on the negatives rather than looking at the achievements of England players.

"Whenever we're judging games, all of us look at what hasn't gone well and sometimes we can overlook the brilliant things they do that maybe other countries don't have."

Kosovo are expected to keep the same side that scored a shock 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday.