England faced a far sterner test to their Euro 2020 qualification hopes against Kosovo on Tuesday night than at any earlier point in the campaign.
Falling behind to a first minute goal at St Mary’s, Gareth Southgate’s men managed to put together a fairly convincing 5-3 victory thanks to goals from Kane, Sterling and a brace from Sancho, along with a Kosovan own goal.
Kosovo were always going to provide a more competitive game than the visit of Group A whipping boys Bulgaria on Saturday, but whilst they pressed from the first whistle to the last, England’s superior class showed through.
At the midway point of qualifying, England still retain their 100% record and sit three points clear at the top of Group A.
Czech Republic and Kosovo are separated by a single point on 9 and 8 respectively, and look set to fight it out for the second automatic qualification berth from the group.
With both England and Kosovo guaranteed a place in at least the playoffs for Euro 2020 due to their performance in 2018’s Nations League, the pressure is on for the Czech Republic to finish in second place.
Following tonight’s action, England remain strong favourites to win Group A, with odds of 1/41 offered by some bookmakers.
The Czech Republic are currently 14/1 and Kosovo 18/1 to win the Group. France remain favourites to win the tournament outright, and England are still second favourite, with odds of 7/2 for France and 11/2 for England.
Belgium and Spain are joint third favourites at 15/2.
At the halfway point in qualifying, England are joined by three other countries with a 100% record. Belgium, Spain and Italy have also won every qualifying match so far.
There is still a long way to go in this campaign and next up for the Three Lions is a trip to face the Czech Republic on 11th October.