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Kane on target as England earn victory over Albania


Harry Kane scored his first international goal in 16 months as England cruised to a 2-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory over Albania in Tirana.

Kane had not found the back of the net for his country since November 2019, a drought of six games, but the captain opened the scoring with a first-half header at the Air Albania Stadium on Monday (AEDT).

The striker then set up Mason Mount to double England's lead in the second half as the Group I leaders made it two wins out of two following their 5-0 hammering of San Marino on Friday.

Kane and Phil Foden struck the woodwork in a dominant display from Gareth Southgate's side, with Nick Pope becoming the first goalkeeper not to concede a goal in his first six England games as second-placed Albania failed to register a shot on target.

Key Opta Facts

- England have now won each of their last six World Cup qualifying matches, their best run since 10 straight wins between 2005 and 2009.

- Mount has now scored four times for England, three of which Harry Kane has assisted; indeed, only Raheem Sterling (6) and Kane himself (11) have netted more since Mount's debut for the Three Lions.

- Kane has now scored at 17 different stadiums while playing for England; with only Michael Owen (25) and Wayne Rooney (27) doing so in more venues.

- In the 20 international caps Kane has earned in away matches for England, he has had a direct hand in 22 goals, netting 13 times and delivering nine assists.

Source Omnisport