England boss Gareth Southgate saw areas where his side can “tighten up” in a dominant victory over Albania on Sunday.
Gareth Southgate saw room for improvement from England as they coasted to a 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Albania.
The Three Lions followed up their 5-0 drubbing of San Marino with another comfortable Group I win at the Air Albania Stadium on Sunday. Captain Harry Kane ended a run of six games without a goal for his country with a first-half header and laid one on for Mason Mount after the break.
Kane and Phil Foden also struck the woodwork and Albania could not muster a shot on target in Tirana, where their run of four consecutive victories came to an end.
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England boss Southgate was not impressed with the way his side finished a game they dominated ahead of a showdown with Poland at Wembley on Wednesday. “It was a difficult pitch to move the ball on but we adapted well to that,” Southgate told ITV Sport. “After about 25 minutes we just changed the shape of the midfield a little bit and we looked more dangerous. They had a different formation to the one they’ve played in the last 25 matches, so I thought we adapted well to that.
“We were comfortable for most of the second half. I just thought at the end of the game we had opportunities to make it three and should have killed the game off. I didn’t like the way we managed the game in the last 15 minutes, charging forward when we didn’t need to and a throw-in at the end that we nearly conceded a goal from. I’m pleased we can win but I thought there were areas we can certainly tighten up on.”