ENGLAND were flawless in Pristina – but fans only knew half of it.
A problem with the local broadcaster’s feed prevented fans from watching the first 45 minutes of this EURO qualifier in the Kosovo capital on BBC iPlayer and YouTube.
It meant they missed out on Keane Lewis-Potter and Anthony Gordon, who gave the visitors a 2-0 lead within 12 minutes.
The pictures began in the second half, so that at least Cameron Archer’s two clean shots and an unfortunate Kosovar own goal were caught on camera.
Lee Carsley’s Young Lions had already secured first place in Group G, meaning qualification for next summer’s European Under-21 Championship in Romania and Georgia was in the bag.
That’s why Carsley opted to make eight changes from Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Albania in Chesterfield, giving goalkeeper James Trafford and centre-back James Hill his debuts.
Spurs fans were excited to see Djed Spence was not in the squad at all amid talk of an imminent move from Middlesbrough which proved to be premature.
The right-back was at the game but only as a spectator as he was allowed to rest after a long season alongside James Garner, a loanee from Nottingham Forest.
Harvey Elliott was back with the team after recovering from a bout of Covid.
And it was the Liverpool youngster who met Hull’s Lewis potter to head home two minutes after his first start.
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One became two ten minutes later when Max Aarons caught a cross for Everton starlet Gordon to nod into the net.
The game was over just seven minutes into the second half when Archer found the corner.
His Aston Villa team-mate Jacob Ramsey, seeing a shot tipped over the bar, then put in Archer to complete his double.
Kosovo’s miserable night was summed up when the ball cannoned against Kreshnik Krasniqi and resulted in a crazy own goal.
It may have been an “unwatchable” first half, but keep an eye on Carsley’s prodigies, who are getting better with every game.
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