Albania v England: World Cup qualifier to go ahead after security issue
England’s World Cup qualifier against Albania in Tirana on Sunday is set to go ahead after an issue over security was resolved.
On Thursday, the Albanian Football Association (AFA) said it had been told by local police that the force could not guarantee the safety of the teams.
However, the county’s state police later issued a statement to say they had “taken all measures to guarantee order and security” for the game.
The teams last met in 2001.
The next fixture is against Albania, followed by Poland next Wednesday.
The issue arose after the AFA’s request for a restricted number of fans vaccinated against Covid-19 to be permitted to attend the game, which was rejected by government.
The AFA said it would have had “catastrophic consequences for the image of our country, the national team and in general for Albanian football” if it had been forced to cancel the game.
Speaking after the San Marino game, England manager Gareth Southgate said he “didn’t think for one minute” the Albania match would be in doubt.
“We’re flooded by stories like that all the time about various issues and its very rare those things come to fruition. I’ve been told that there’s no doubt about the game,” he added.
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