St Mary’s gets nod for Kosovo qual­i­fier

Daily Mail - - Football - By SAMI MOKBEL

THE FA is set to con­firm st Mary’s as the venue for eng­land’s euro 2020 qual­i­fier against Kosovo on septem­ber 10.

The FA are keen to take the eng­land team around the coun­try as they look to cap­i­talise on the re­newed eu­pho­ria sur­round­ing Gareth south­gate’s side after fin­ish­ing fourth at last sum­mer’s World Cup.

eng­land played Costa Rica at leeds’ el­land Road in their fi­nal World Cup warm-up match in June and switzer­land in a friendly at the King Power sta­dium in le­ices­ter in septem­ber. st Mary’s last hosted eng­land in 2002, a 2-2 draw with Mace­do­nia.

Mean­while, As­tonvilla for­ward Jack Gre­al­ish will be in the reck­on­ing for an eng­land call-up next sea­son — pro­vided he is play­ing in the Premier league. south­gate is re­luc­tant to select play­ers from the Cham­pi­onship, though he has kept faith with goal­keeper Jack But­land since stoke’s rel­e­ga­tion.

But even But­land has been told he must be play­ing top-flight foot­ball next sea­son if he wants to stay in the Three lions squad.

Gre­al­ish — who saw a move to the Premier league with Tot­ten­ham fall through last sum­mer — is firmly on south­gate’s radar, un­der­lined by the eng­land man­ager’s visit to villa Park on satur­day to watch the 23-yearold play against Black­burn.

villa are in the hunt for a play- off spot, but south­gate wants Gre­al­ish to be play­ing in the Premier league be­fore se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing the for­mer eng­land Un­der 21 star.

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