Gareth Southgate never feared ‘tougher test’ in Albania would be called off

Gareth Southgate insists he had no concerns that England’s World Cup qualifier in Albania would be called off and is preparing for a tougher test than San Marino provided last time out. The Three Lions cantered to a 5-0 victory over San Marino on Thursday and will be looking to maintain their winning start to Group I with victory in Tirana.

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- Definitely, definitely will be a tougher test. They're a well-coached team, very experienced Italian coach. And you can see the detail in the way they play. Normally a 3-5-2, but we have to see whether they adapt to us. But they play well with the ball. And they're well-organized defensively. They're well-organized with their set plays. So as always, we've got to be at our very best to win the game.

Whenever you travel anywhere around Europe now, stadiums are good. And I know they've had some problems with the pitch, as we did when we first opened. But I also know they've been doing a lot of work on that. So I'm sure it will be better than it was for the matches when the stadium just opened.