England v Albania live stream, Friday 12 November, 7.45pm GMT
A draw at home to Albania on Friday would put England within touching distance of a place at the 2022 World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s side are top of Group I with two games remaining. Only one team per group will qualify automatically for next year’s tournament, so England still have work to do as they attempt to finish at the summit of the standings above Poland and Albania. The latter are currently third and sit five points adrift of their upcoming opponents, while second-placed Poland are three points behind England and will be hoping to avoid a play-off.
It would be a huge surprise if the Three Lions do not make it from here. They will face San Marino in their final group game and are virtually guaranteed three points from that fixture. Southgate’s side also have a superior goal difference to Poland, which would see them finish clear of Robert Lewandowski and co. if the two nations finish level on points.
Still, Southgate will not be taking any chances when Albania visit Wembley on Friday night. He has selected a tried-and-trusted squad for the conclusion of the group phase, resisting calls to bring in the likes of Connor Gallagher despite his impressive performances in the Premier League.
Mason Greenwood, Jesse Lingard, Kieran Tippier, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi have also been left out, but Emile Smith Rowe was drafted into the squad after Marcus Rashford was forced to pull out.
Albania will expect to beat Andorra in their final match, but they realistically need to win this game too to have any chance of making it to Qatar following their 1-0 defeat by Poland last time out. The Southampton striker Armando Broja is the only England-based player in a squad which is captained by the Torino goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm GMT on Friday, 12 November, and UK viewers can watch it on ITV. See below for international broadcast options.
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