Pickford Helps England To Brink Of Qualification

Jordan Pickford kept a clean sheet for England to put the Three Lions on the verge of qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate's side enjoyed a thumping 5-0 win over Albania in front of more than 80,000 at Wembley, a result that leaves them needing a point from Monday's clash with minnows San Marino to confirm their place in next year's tournament.

All five goals came in an incredible first half, with Harry Kane notching a 28-minute hat-trick and Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson also on the scoresheet.

It wasn't purely one-way traffic, though, and Pickford saved excellently in a one-on-one situation with Myrto Uzuni on 14 minutes with the lead at 1-0.

The shut-out was Pickford's 21st in 41 senior appearances for his country.

Earlier this week, the Premier League confirmed dates for the 2022/23 season, which will see a break of six weeks to accommodate the World Cup finals.

Sixteen rounds of fixtures will be played between 6 August and the weekend 14 November, with the domestic campaign resuming on Boxing Day - eight days after the World Cup final on 18 December.

Elsewhere, defender Ryan Astley scored for Wales Under-21s in a 7-0 away win over Gibraltar in a European Championships qualifier.

Everton Under-23s teammate Rhys Hughes was also involved, coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes of the emphatic victory.

And finally, young goalkeeper Zan Luk Leban was an unused substitute as Slovenia Under-21s defeated Albania 3-0 on home soil.

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