England survived an early scare to beat Kosovo 5-3 at St. Mary’s in a breathless encounter to continue their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying.

Kosovo stunned the hosts early by taking the lead after a poor pass from Ross Barkley back to Micheal Keane put the defender under pressure.

He gifted the ball to Vedat Muriqi, followed by a composed finish from winger Valon Berisha.

It didn’t take England long to reply, however, as a good corner from Barkley and then a nod across the box from Keane found Raheem Sterling who headed home.

The hosts found the lead after Sterling’s pace was too much to handle for Kosovo’s defence, turning from the halfway line and running to the box at ease before playing Kane through to finish well.

Defender Mergim Vojvoda couldn’t adjust his feet quick enough to move out the way of a Jadon Sancho cross and sent the ball into his own net for England’s third.

England’s fourth and fifth were almost identical. Sterling on the fast-break finding Sancho on both occasions to give England a comfortable lead going into half-time.

In the second-half Kosovo showed signs of a comeback. First managing to get a goal back after Declan Rice played a terrible pass to give the ball away – Berisha again showed excellent composure to finish.

Then another goal as a poor challenge from Harry Maguire gave the visitors a penalty, which was coolly dispatched by Muriqi.

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