England, Spain stroll to easy wins in World Cup qualifiers, France back to winning ways

England, Spain stroll to easy wins in World Cup qualifiers, France back to winning ways

Harry Kane and Mason Mount scored for England as the Three Lions recorded an easy win away to Albania in a World Cup qualifier match on Sunday evening. 

Gareth Southgate made a number of changes to the team that beat San Marino 5-0 in the first match, with the likes of Reece James, Ben Chilwell Coad, and Calvert-Lewin all rested. 

Harry Kane led the line, with Man United duo of Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire back in defense, same as Kyle Walker. 

England controlled the match for long periods but had to wait until the 39th minute for the opener, and it was none other than Kane

The Tottenham forward got to the end of a Luke Shaw ball to head beautifully past the goalie from inside the box. 

Kane almost doubled England's lead just before the break, but his bullet shot crashed against the crossbar from inside the box.

Kane and Man City youngster Phil Foden then came close again in the second half, but could not add a second despite the clear chances. 

Chelsea midfielder Mount then sealed the win for Southgate as Kane turned provider in the 62nd minute. 

Mount got to the end of a neat through ball from the striker and beautifully found the back of the net. 

The win took England to the top of the group on six points, three ahead of Albania. 

Elsewhere, Dani Olmo scored a 92nd-minute winner as Spain came from a goal down to beat Georgia 2-1. 

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia gave the hosts the lead just before the break, but the former world champions equalised in the 56th minute through Man City's Ferran Torres. 

The match seemed to be headed for a draw until Olmo produced a moment of genius to beat the goalkeeper from outside the box with a wonderful strike. 

The win saw Spain move above Sweden in their group, but that could change if the Zlatan-led side beat Kosovo in their match later on Sunday night. 

Other results of the day; 

  • Kazahkstan 0-2 France
  • Denmark 8-0 Moldova
  • Alemania 2-0 Iceland 
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