‘Kane the present but Foden and Mount the future for England’

Albania head coach Edoardo Reja says that while Harry Kane represents the present danger facing his side in Tirana on Sunday, the likes of Phil Foden and Mason Mount are very much England’s future.

The Three Lions continue their World Cup qualification campaign with a trip to the Albanian capital on Sunday, fresh from a 5-0 stroll over San Marino.

Albania also opened their Group I account with a win, beating Andorra 1-0.

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Sunday’s game will be just the third meeting of the two nations after they were also paired in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.

Kane is likely to be recalled after watching the San Marino canter from the Wembley bench, with manager Gareth Southgate promising to manage his game-time.

The Tottenham striker, despite his prolific club form, has failed to find the back of the net for England in 16 months.

His six-match international drought hasn’t prevented Reja pinpointing him as the main danger to his side.

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However, the Italian has also been impressed by the young prospects at England’s disposal.

“Of course Kane is one of the most important players,” he said.

“He is the present, but players like (Phil) Foden, (Mason) Mount and other players are young and can show in the future their quality and their values.

“But Kane is the reality – he is the most important player they have in the team.”

The game at the Air Albania Stadium was seemingly under threat after the Albanian Football Association (AFA) said on Thursday it had been informed that local police could not guarantee the safety of the teams.

State police later issued a statement saying they had taken the relevant precautions for the match.

There are also concerns over the playing surface at the 22,500-seater stadium, although Southgate said he is aware “a lot of work” has been done to improve the pitch.

Reja, meanwhile, knows the visitors are using the qualifiers to finetune their European Championship preparations.

“Of course England is a top team, it has a group of young players, really talented, quality players,” he said.

“They are playing the World Cup qualifiers but are getting ready for the Euros also.

“I think they are working very well, they have a group with quality, all young and they have promise for the future.”