North Macedonia vs England: Prediction, kick-off time, TV, live team news, h2h
NAME: North Macedonia – England
DATE: 20 Nov 2023
TIME: 19:45 UTC
VENUE: Toše Proeski Arena, Skopje, North Macedonia
North Macedonia is going head to head with England starting on 20 Nov 2023 at 19:45 UTC at Toše Proeski Arena stadium, Skopje city, North Macedonia. The match is a part of the European Championship, Qualification Group C.
North Macedonia played against England in 1 matches this season. Currently, North Macedonia rank 4th, while England hold 1st position. Looking to compare the best-rated player on both teams ‘s rating system assigns each player a specific rating based on numerous data factors.
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England are in North Macedonia tonight to put the finishing touches on their qualification campaign for Euro 2024.
The Three Lions travel to Skopje having sealed qualification for next summer’s tournament with two games to spare, but in need of a jolt of excitement following Friday’s laboured 2-0 home win over Group C minnows Malta.
It was a lacklustre and subdued night at a sold-out Wembley – where players and fans paid emotional tribute to the late, great Sir Bobby Charlton – in England’s final home fixture of 2023, with the hosts failing to register a shot on target for more than an hour as they led via an early own goal before Harry Kane’s effort 15 minutes from time.
Gareth Southgate admitted his frustration after that wholly unconvincing display against the world’s 171st-ranked team, but insisted that he was not worried by the prospect of his side sleepwalking into the Euro 2024 finals.
Nevertheless he will surely be seeking a marked improvement against a North Macedonia team that gave Italy another scare in Rome on Friday before eventually succumbing to a 5-2 defeat that means the Azzurri – who missed out on last year’s World Cup finals after being stunned by North Macedonia – now need only a point against Ukraine on Monday to join England in Germany.
North Macedonia vs England team news
England were hit by a raft of injury withdrawals before the Malta game, with Jude Bellingham, James Maddison, Levi Colwill, Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk all pulling out, while Kalvin Phillips was unavailable for personal reasons.
That led to Cole Palmer being handed his maiden senior call-up along with Ezri Konsa and Rico Lewis, with the Chelsea forward coming on for his debut as a second-half substitute. Marcus Rashford started after joining up with the squad late.
Though Trent Alexander-Arnold played in midfield, Conor Gallagher made just his second competitive start and the likes of Fikayo Tomori also featured from the off, Southgate, with qualification already assured, was criticised in many quarters for not being experimental enough against the fourth-worst team in Europe, with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire in his first XI again.
Kieran Trippier has since dropped out of the squad due to a personal matter. West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen has also been ruled out due to injury, though it is not believed to be serious.
Arsenal duo Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka should return to the starting lineup in Skopje, with England probably still needing a point to secure a top-six seeding for the Euros.
Jack Grealish may also start, along with a potential senior debut for Manchester City team-mate Lewis amid a dearth of senior left-back options compounded by Trippier’s absence.
Rashford may not be risked though after an accidental collision with Alexander-Arnold against Malta left him in pain and needing to be replaced by Palmer.
North Macedonia vs England prediction
England were a million miles from their fluent best against Malta, something Southgate largely attributed to the non-stop grind of the fixture list.
However, even on an off-night, waiting until the 64th minute for a first shot on target at home against winless minnows with a strong front three on paper is an obvious cause for concern, however the manager tries to explain it away.
England simply must be better, bolder and brighter in Skopje, winning in more convincing and exciting fashion to prevent the predictable naysaying from growing louder with seven months to go until the Euros begin.
North Macedonia vs England score prediction
England were desperately lacklustre against Malta and can scarcely afford to be as limp when travelling to the home of North Macedonia, a nation ranked more than 100 places higher than their previous opponents.
While Monday’s contest may be more testing, England are still heavy favourites. With Southgate likely to strengthen his starting XI, the defeated European finalists still have to cement their spot in Pot 1 for the Euro 2024 group-stage draw next month. Only the five group winners with the best record earn the best seeding positions. One point would be enough for the Three Lions but they may well be on course for all three.
Prediction: North Macedonia 0-2 England
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