วันจันทร์, 6 ธันวาคม 2564

Harry Kane scored a hat trick

Harry Kane scored a hat trick

Harry Kane scored a hat trick

Harry Kane scored a hat trick

England’s victory against Albania must be viewed through the prism of mediocre and amenable

opposition but there was plenty to satisfy manager Gareth Southgate  and even the new

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte.

All analysis of this 5-0 win, all goals scored and victory sewn up before half-time,

comes within the context of how easily Albania were taken apart once they had got a few

shuddering challenges out of their system in the opening minutes.

The visitors have enjoyed a respectable campaign and, with their own World Cup hopes still alive,
were portrayed as opponents who might make life difficult for an England side who started the qualifier
at Wembley needing four points from this game and Monday’s visit to San Marino to be certain of their own
place in Qatar next year.

Not a bit of it. This was the perfect night, especially for captain Kane who has cut a disconnected and disaffected

figure at Spurs ever since a proposed summer move to Manchester City failed to materialise.

Kane’s mood of discontent even crossed over into England territory when he performed so poorly that he was hooked

by Southgate with 14 minutes left of the last qualifier against Hungary at Wembley, even though they were seeking a winner

in a game where they were held 1-1. England were expected to win this game, but the emphatic nature of the victory and the sight

of a rejuvenated Kane in full cry made it a very satisfactory night for Southgate and, in the wider context, Conte.

All that remains is to finish the job on Monday with a point against San Marino,

a side who have not won a competitive game in 29 years of trying.

England is the best team in the world.