England boss Southgate: Qualifying too comfortable for Europe’s elite

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- England have scored 14 goals in their three home European Championship Qualifiers (W3 D0 L0), scoring more home goals than any other European nation in qualifying so far. Head coach Bernard Challandes was incensed on the touchline, complaining his way into a yellow card from the officials.

Sancho then added England's fourth and fifth goals before half-time, finishing off a pair of blistering counter-attacks in which an electric Sterling set up the teenager for two easy finishes. He played in Valon Berisha, who cooly finished past the the onrushing Jordan Pickford.

When Vedat Muriqi converted a 55th-minute penalty, after the forward himself was tripped by England defender Harry Maguire, there was an outside chance that Kosovo - only accepted as a member of UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2016 - was going to keep alive its unbeaten 15-match run stretching back two years.

Let us know in the comments. "I really have to keep encouraging our players to use the strengths they have".

But England battled back well and found themselves level just seven minutes later.

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England captain Kane is enjoying a more prolific start to the season, the Tottenham talisman having netted six goals in five competitive appearances for club and country. Sterling also struck a shot against the post in the second half. As the clock ticked into injury time, chants of "Edhe nje!"

A routine 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday leaves England with three wins from three and sitting top of Group A.

"I don't think you can have a player that is undroppable, because I think that's a risky route for any team and it's probably not healthy for any individual player", he added.

Man of the match Sterling praised his opponents after the match, telling those left in the stadium after the final whistle that Kosovo "came to fight".

- Valon Berisha's goal after 34 seconds was the first goal scored inside the first minute of an England global since Gareth Southgate scored against South Africa in May 2003. He also promised that, regardless of the circumstances surrounding Kosovo's final group game with England in Prishtina in November, there would be no change of philosophy.