England conceded three goals at home for the first time in seven years last night, with the five they scored overshadowed by an incompetence to defend against a team ranked 121st in the world.
Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling were all on the scoresheet, with the latter putting in as good of an attacking performance as I’ve seen this season. Admittedly, it was against Kosovo, but last Tuesday’s defeat was their first in 16 matches.
England’s exhilarating attacking display was almost forgotten about as the defence failed to keep out strikers from Valon Berisha and Vedat Muriqi - who had scored just seven international goals between them before Tuesday.
And that’s no disrespect to Kosovo. They played well in large parts at St Mary’s, not cowering in the shadows against the World Cup semi-finalists, instead, taking the game to Gareth Southgate’s side. And it worked.