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England 2021 game with Albania should go ahead after security issue .

England 2021  game with Albania should go ahead after security issue .

England England ahead … after game issue should security go with Albania

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

The England squad are due to travel to Albania on Saturday after opening their campaign against San Marino at Wembley

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Gareth Southgate and England should be heading to Albania as planned

England’s World Cup qualifier against Albania in Tirana on Sunday should go ahead after a security issue was resolved.

The Albanian Football Association (AFA) said on Thursday it had been informed that local police could not guarantee the safety of the teams.

The county’s state police later issued a statement saying they had taken the relevant precautions for the match.

“The state police assures the citizens that it has taken all measures to guarantee order and security for the international football match between Albania and England,” read the statement.

The Albanian Football Association (AFA) had feared they would be forced to cancel the match, a move they described as having “catastrophic” consequences for the nation’s image.

A spokesperson for the FA had said: “We will continue to liaise with the relevant authorities.”

The issue arose after the AFA requested a restricted number of fans vaccinated against Covid-19 be permitted to attend the game.

This was rejected by government and the Group I match at the Air Albania Stadium is to be played behind closed doors.

Yet with no other lockdown measures currently in place in Albania, the area around the stadium could be busy.

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The original AFA statement read: “Today in the Albanian Football Federation a letter arrived from the local police directorate of Tirana which states that the structures of the local police directorate of Tirana do not guarantee the taking of measures before, during and after the Albania-England match on March 28.

“Faced with the situation where the state authorities did not react after the request of the Albanian Football Federation for the release of spaces on the perimeter of the national stadium, we request urgent response of these structures.

“The cancellation of the Albania-England match scheduled to be played at Air Albania Stadium would have catastrophic consequences for the image of our country, the national team and in general for Albanian football.”

The England squad are due to travel to Albania on Saturday after opening their campaign against San Marino at Wembley on Thursday.

Albania are also in action on Thursday away to Andorra.

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Bastien Toma also hit a post for Switzerland while Andi Zeqiri was denied by Aaron Ramsdale in a deserved win for Mauro Lustrinelli's side

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England v Switzerland – 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship – Group D – Bonifika Stadium

Lacklustre England Under-21s suffered a nightmare start to Euro 2021 with a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland.

Nice striker Dan Ndoye’s late winner condemned the Young Lions to Group D defeat in Koper on Thursday.

Bastien Toma also hit a post for Switzerland while Andi Zeqiri was denied by Aaron Ramsdale in a deserved win for Mauro Lustrinelli’s side.

The extended tournament means the top two from the groups will qualify for the quarter-finals in May but Aidy Boothroyd’s men now face an uphill battle ahead of games against Portugal on Sunday and Croatia next Wednesday.

They will have to improve after defeat in Slovenia, with Lloyd Kelly heading their best chance wide in the first half.

Switzerland lost just once in qualifying from Group Two, finishing behind France on goal difference, to reach the finals for the first time in 10 years and they gave the Young Lions the first scare after 14 minutes.

It was all of England’s own making as Ben Godfrey gifted the ball to Toma who fed Zeqiri but the Brighton forward shot too close to Ramsdale with just the goalkeeper to beat.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 👋 England check in for their eighth straight U21 finals campaign… #U21EURO | #ENGSUI pic.twitter.com/DXLvdCSDIs

— UEFA U21 EURO (@UEFAUnder21) March 25, 2021

A minute later Tom Davies swept over from 20 yards and Callum Hudson-Odoi curled wide soon after but, driven by the impressive Toma, Switzerland had gained a grasp of the game.

The Young Lions dominated the early possession but the Swiss had the better chances and Ramsdale turned Ndoye’s drive behind before Zeqiri headed wide after 28 minutes.

Kelly did head off target five minutes later but, against the disciplined Swiss, England struggled to find any serious attacking rhythm.

Boothroyd’s side also continued to give Switzerland openings and they escaped five minutes after the break.

Davies wasted possession and, when Jeremy Guillemenot crossed, the onrushing Toma hit a post from 10 yards.

It was another let-off and, while Hudson-Odoi’s free kick was turned wide by Anthony Racioppi, England never got going in the second half.

Ramsdale saved Kastriot Imeri’s low effort but Switzerland grabbed a deserved winner with 13 minutes left.

Imeri laid the ball off for Ndoye and, despite slipping as he shot, the striker’s effort from the edge of the area looped into the top corner.

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