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Chilwell's England Emerge As Victors In Kosovo Thriller

Ben Chilwell's eighth cap for England ended in a 5-3 victory over Kosovo in UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying at St. Mary's Stadium on Tuesday.
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- Academy graduate Ben Chilwell started as England defeated Kosovo 5-3 in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying 
- Leicester City midfielder James Maddison was an unused substitute for the Three Lions
- Defender Çağlar Söyüncü (Turkey) and forward Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria) also did not feature for their countries
- Admiral Muskwe appeared for Zimbabwe, while Khanya Leshebela represented South Africa U23s

The Three Lions remain on course to reach next summer's cross-continent tournament and are currently atop of Group A with a maximum of 12 points from their opening four matches.

Gareth Southgate's men surprisingly fell behind inside a minute, however, as SS Lazio midfielder Valon Berisha capitalised on an error by Michael Keane to convert past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Raheem Sterling swiftly equalised, though, before Harry Kane put England in front and an own goal from Mërgim Vojvoda preceded a double from Jadon Sancho put the home side in control at the interval.

The entertainment on the south coast continued in the second half as Berisha netted again, Vedat Muriqi converted a penalty and Kane missed a spot-kick of his own before Sterling also rattled the post. 

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Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell

Academy graduate Ben Chilwell looks to get England forward at St. Mary's Stadium.

Chilwell impressed throughout the clash, often being deployed as England's primary set-play taker, while midfielder James Maddison remained on the bench for Southgate's men in Southampton. 

Earning his eighth senior cap for the Three Lions, Chilwell moved to joint fifth in the list of England appearances made as a Leicester City player, alongside Frank Worthington.

In-form defender Çağlar Söyüncü and forward Kelechi Iheanacho, on the other hand, were also unused substitutes for Turkey and Nigeria respectively on Tuesday evening.

Turkey defeated Moldova 4-0 in Chișinău to go top of Group H with 15 points in EURO qualifying, above world champions France, while Nigeria drew 2-2 in Ukraine in an international friendly.

Earlier in the day, young striker Admiral Muskwe starred in Zimbabwe's 3-1 victory over Somalia at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo in the first round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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Admiral Muskwe
Admiral Muskwe

Young Foxes striker Admiral Muskwe in action for Zimbabwe.

It's a result which, following last week's first leg 1-0 reverse in Djibouti, means Zimbabwe advance into the second round, which will be in a group stage format, with a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

The second round of Confederation of African Football (CAF) qualifying will see the top 26 ranked teams being joined by the 14 first round winners. Those sides will be drawn into 10 groups of four.

Elsewhere, Muskwe's Development Squad team-mate Khanya Leshabela also appeared for almost an hour as South Africa's Under-23s drew 0-0 with Zimbabwe's youngsters, winning 5-0 on aggregate.

Following that third round success, South Africa are one of eight teams to qualify for the CAF U23s Africa Cup of Nations, which is due to take place in Egypt between 8 and 22 November, later this season.

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