England go behind after just 35 seconds but recover to defeat Kosovo in eight-goal thriller

Jadon Sancho scored his first England goals vs Kosovo

England overcame the worst possible start to defeat Kosovo in an eight-goal thriller on Tuesday night.

Gareth Southgate made three changes to the side that beat Bulgaria 4-0 on the weekend, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho all starting from the outset.

But the Three Lions found themselves behind after just 35 seconds.

Southgate encourages his side to play out from the back, a tactic that has cost them goals in the past.

And it proved to be their undoing once again in the opening minute.

Michael Keane's dangerous square ball was intercepted by Vedat Muriqi. He played in Valon Berisha, who cooly finished past the the onrushing Jordan Pickford.

But England battled back well and found themselves level just seven minutes later.

Keane atoned for his error by setting up Raheem Sterling, who restored parity with a close range header.

And England's talisman Harry Kane gave his side the lead after 19 minutes.

He found space down the left hand side and powered a low effort with his weak left foot past Arijanet Muric.

Southgate's men extended their lead in controversial circumstances just before the 40 minutes mark.

Fidan Aliti went down after a challenge from Trent Alexander-Arnold, but England played on.

And the move would end in Mergim Vojvoda scoring a comical own-goal as he passed the ball into his own net.

Kosovo's players and coaches were furious but the goal stood.

And England would score twice more in the space of two minutes to extend their lead to four.

Jadon Sancho netted his first England goal after being played in by Sterling and the two combined again just minutes later.

Despite trailing by four at half-time, it was the away side that raced out of the blocks in the second 45 minutes.

Kosovo were playing some entertaining football and they got their reward when Berisha found the net for the second time of the game.

Harry Kane saw his penalty saved

And they cut the deficit to two 10 minutes into the second half.

Harry Maguire took down Vedat Muriqi in the box and he would go on to dispatch his penalty past Pickford.

England had the chance to re-extend their advantage to three goals when they were given a penalty of their own, but Muric saved well from Kane.

And Sterling also went close to getting his second late on but he saw his effort strike the post.

There were no further goals as the game finished 5-3. What a night of football in Southampton.

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