Kane watches Poland after Albania win


Harry Kane set his sights on Poland after scoring another goal for Mason Mount in England’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Albania.

Kane played six matches without netting before opening the scoring with a header in the first half at the Air Albania stadium in Tirana on Sunday.

The captain of the Three Lions turned into a striker after the break, picking Mount with a calculated pass that was dominated by the Chelsea midfielder in an instant before sliding past goalkeeper Etret Berisha into the net.

Kane and Phil Foden also hit a dominant bid from coach Gareth Southgate’s side, who kicked off their bid to qualify for next year’s tournament in Qatar with straight wins over San Marino and now Albania.

A much bigger test is expected when England face Poland in Group A on Wednesday, but captain Kane said they will go into it with great confidence.

The Tottenham striker told ITV Sport: “I thought it was a really good performance, maybe a little slow at first, but we changed our squad and I think that helped.

“Sometimes you go through periods when things just don’t go your way, and that’s part of being a striker. You just have to keep your focus and it was great to get three points.

“We need to keep working hard but we are in a good place. Poland will be the hardest game in the group but we are ready for that. If we can win that, that puts us in a great position.”

England’s Ken Talisman now has a direct hand in 18 goals in his last 13 games at international level, having scored 11 and providing seven assists.

The 27-year-old’s header ensured that he scored in each of his last seven qualifying matches, the longest the England player has managed.



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