Coaches of the national football teams of England and Kosovo, Gareth Southgate and Bernard Challandes, held their pre-match press conferences in Pristina on Saturday, one day before their teams' clash as part of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match.
«[It's] clear, if it's the last game for the qualification, it's another game. But we have this chance to play in March. That means, this game is a... Еще very important game,» said Challandes.
Southgate touched upon the injury that Joe Gomez sustained in training. «He took a clash of knees yesterday. We scanned it just to be certain, and I think he'll be fine in a couple of days. But, he wasn't able to train today. We have to put a 23-men squad in at midnight tonight, or eleven o'clock tonight. So, it was a simple decision, and I think now is a good moment for him just to go home for a couple of days, clear his head,» he said.
On Thursday, Gomez was booed by England fans during the Montenegro match at Wembley, after being involved in a scuffle with teammate Raheem Sterling a few days earlier.
«I think the fact that Raheem put out the tweet that he did the other night was real closure on that whole incident. We get Raheem back on the pitch tomorrow. We won the match on Thursday and we can now just look forward,» added Southgate.
The Three Lions are set to play against Kosovo at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina on Sunday. The kick-off is set at 18:00 local time (17:00 GMT).