England maintained their 100 percent record in the Euro 2020 qualifiers by recording a 5-3 win over second-placed Kosovo in a barmy evening at St Marys.
Gareth Southgates men were strong favourites before the game but they went 1-0 down after just 34 seconds when Valon Berisha seized upon a sloppy pass from Michael Keane to hand the visitors a shock lead.
The hosts soon hit back, though, with Raheem Sterling heading in from close-range after eight minutes before Harry Kane fired England into the lead ten minutes later with a crisp finish that went through Arijanet Murics legs.
Jadon Sancho completed Englands front three and he played a part in the third, lashing a low cross onto Mergim Vojvodas shins before scoring two quickfire goals just before half-time, both of which were assisted by Sterling.
Kosovos manager Bernard Challandes, who delivered an animated pre-match press conference on Monday, was incensed by a decision in the build-up to Englands third goal scored by the unfortunate Vojvoda and received a yellow card for his protestations.
At half-time, it seemed a question of how many goals England would win by, yet within ten second half minutes, Kosovo had reduced the deficit to just two goals with Berisha again on the scoresheet and Vedat Muriqi converting a penalty after a sloppy Harry Maguire foul.
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