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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

  1. before switching to the country of his birth in February.

    “I’ve had people saying they’re going to come to my house,” he told ITV News.

    “You click on their profile and they’d just be a fake profile, so you don’t know whether it’s true or not.”

    Rice is the latest high profile player to reveal they have been have been abused on social media, and England women’s head coach Phil Neville says players should boycott it.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at St. Mary’s

    Kosovo supporters are out in big numbers enjoying the Southampton sunshine around St. Mary’s and they are already a noisy presence inside the stadium.

    It has the makings of a great atmosphere as England attempt to make it four wins from four in Euro 2020 qualifying.

  • Elsewhere in Europe…

    Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Image caption: Portugal have got a bit of work to do…

    There are two other groups being played tonight, with the world and European champions both in action.

    Portugalvisit Lithuania in Group B, looking to narrow the huge eight-point gap on leaders Ukraine.

    But fail to win that and they could be overtaken by Luxembourg or Serbia, who play each other at the same time.

    France, Turkey and Iceland – in a three-way tie at the top of Group H – are all in action. France host minnows Andorra, Iceland go to Albania and Turkey visit Moldova.

  • Post update

    The James Maddison fan club are out in force tonight!

    Should he be in the XI?

  • Get Involved

    #bbcfootball or text us on 81111 (UK Only)

    SMS Message: As a Norwich fan, I spent a whole season watching James Maddison dominate the Championship in an average team. When he got his deserved move to the Premier League, he looked at home right away. England’s strikers would love playing alongside him. Barkley is only picked ahead of him because he plays for Chelsea. from Marnus, Happisburgh

    As a Norwich fan, I spent a whole season watching James Maddison dominate the Championship in an average team. When he got his deserved move to the Premier League, he looked at home right away. England’s strikers would love playing alongside him. Barkley is only picked ahead of him because he plays for Chelsea.

  • Team news

    England v Kosovo (19:45 BST)

    Some recognisable names in theKosovostarting XI tonight, with Manchester City goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, currently on-loan at Nottingham Forest, in between the sticks.

    Huddersfield’s Florent Hadergjonaj is at full-back, while Swansea’s Bersant Celina is in midfield alongside Lazio’s Valon Berisha.

    Kosovo XI:Muric, Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonaj, Voca, Halimi, Muslija, Celina, Berisha, Muriqi.

  • Post update

    Ross Barkley may soon have more caps than Premier League appearances.

    Having said that, he has scored a couple so far in qualifying and only one man’s opinion actually counts at the moment…

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    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    SMS Message: We will probably still win which gives him the excuse not to change it but a very poor and uninspiring midfield selection again from Southgate. Maddison is twice the player Barkley is and I don’t see what more he can do to show he deserves a chance. from Jim, Bucks

    We will probably still win which gives him the excuse not to change it but a very poor and uninspiring midfield selection again from Southgate. Maddison is twice the player Barkley is and I don’t see what more he can do to show he deserves a chance.

  • As it stands

    England v Kosovo (19:45 BST)

    Both teams are unbeaten in Group A, with the top two going through automatically.

    England have had three big victories so far, 5-0 against the Czech Republic and 5-1 against Montenegro in March, and then 4-0 against Bulgaria on Saturday. They are one point above unbeaten Kosovo.

    Table

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  • Post update

    England v Kosovo (19:45 BST)

    I’ve got more potential bad news if you’re heading to the game. There is a LOT of vuvuzela style noise coming from outside the ground.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  • M27 closed ahead of England v Kosovo match

    England v Kosovo (19:45 BST)

    If you’re on your way to the game worth a look…

    M27 closed

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    Image caption: The westbound carriageway of the M27 has been closed between junctions four and five

    Highways England said a combination of a fire and an oil spillage had damaged the carriageway.

  • Post update

    England v Kosovo (19:45 BST)

    Superb away fan etiquette…

  • Get Involved

    #bbcfootball or text us on 81111 (UK Only)

    Tim Ferwood:Any midfield where Barkley is the creative spark could struggle. What has poor Maddison got to do to get a start?

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    #bbcfootball or text us on 81111 (UK Only)

    England fan

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    Who should England have picked tonight? What would you like to see from Gareth Southgate? Is qualification a formality?

    Can Kosovo cause an upset? Should England play more games away from Wembley?

    Whatever your views – fire away.

  • Here’s your England XI

    England v Kosovo (19:45 BST)

    England team

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    We asked you to select your starting England XI for this evening.

    Gareth Southgate agreed with eight of your picks…

  • Team news

    England v Kosovo (19:45 BST)

    England

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    Image caption: Tonight’s starting XI

    Englandboss Gareth Southgate resists the temptation to make wholesale changes to his side after their 4-0 thumping of Bulgaria on Saturday.

    There are three changes in all. Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Marcus Rashford drop out, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho coming in.

    England XI:Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell, Henderson, Rice, Barkley, Sterling, Sancho, Kane.

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