Three Lions skipper believes it was a deserved victory over Albania in Tirana

Sunday 28 Mar 2021
Harry Kane celebrates his goal in Tirana with Raheem Sterling

England captain Harry Kane spoke of his joy to be back on the scoresheet in the Three Lions shirt, after netting the opener in Sunday's 2-0 win over Albania.

The Three Lions had found it tricky to break down their hosts on a difficult pitch in Tirana in the opening stages of the game, but once Kane had opened the scoring it led to a dominant display from Gareth Southgate's team.

"I thought it was a really good performance, to be honest," said the captain.

"It’s never easy coming away from home against a tough side – maybe we were a little bit slow to start and we changed our formation halfway through the first half and I think that definitely helped – we got more runners in the box and more attacking players.

"Then obviously getting the goal before half time was great. I thought we controlled the second half well – they didn’t create too many chances and overall, it was a good night.

"I think I’ve always said as a striker, sometimes you go through spells where everything you touch goes in, and when it just doesn’t quite go your way.

Kane and the Three Lions team line up in Tirana ahead of the match

"I think I had a few off the line in that spell, an offside goal that I don’t think was offside, but that’s part of being a striker. You’ve just got to stay focused on doing your job for the team, and thankfully we did that as a team today – it was great to get the three points."

The victory made it two wins from two games for England as they begin their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but it's also with this summer's UEFA EURO 2020 Finals in mind that Southgate and his squad are looking ahead.

"Of course, we need to keep working hard," added the Spurs striker.

"We’re not the finished article yet – we’re in a good place, we’ve won two games. Obviously people expect us to win but you still have to go out there and do it.

"Poland will probably be the toughest game in the group, so we’re ready for that.

"It’s a quick turnaround so it’s all about the recovery over the next few days, and if we can win that I think we can go four points ahead in the group – and that puts us in a great position going into the games after the Euros.”

The squad will now return to their base on home soil ahead of Wednesday evening's game with Poland at Wembley Stadium.

By FA Staff