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Preview: North Macedonia vs England – prediction, team news, line-ups

The Euro qualifiers will continue on Monday with North Macedonia vs England one of the standout fixtures.

The Three Lions have already confirmed their place at the summer’s tournament after beating Italy 3-1 in October

However, North Macedonia are out of the running for the European Championship after picking up just seven points from seven matches. 

The Lions suffered a 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Italy on Friday, with Matteo Darmian, Federico Chiesa, Giacomo Raspadori, and Stephan El Shaarawy all scoring for the hosts. 

North Macedonia made it to the Euro 2020 via the playoffs, which was their first-ever participation in a major tournament. But they will now miss the summer’s tournament following a disappointing qualifying campaign. 

Blagoja Milevski’s side will be looking to restore some pride when they face England on Monday. 

The last time the two teams met at Old Trafford in June, Gareth Southgate’s men cruised to a 7-0 victory after a brilliant hat-trick from Bukayo Saka. 

The Three Lions have since won four of their five matches in all competitions, with their latest success coming on Friday against Malta. 

The English team were unconvincing with their performances but they boosted their hopes of being seeded with a 2-0 victory at Wembley. 

An own-goal from Enrico Pepe provided the hosts with an early breakthrough before Harry Kane, one of the national team’s all-time top goalscorers, added another in the second-half. 

The result means England have picked up an impressive 19 points from their seven matches to be at the top of Group C. 

The Three Lions lost the Euro 2020 final on penalties to Italy, while their 2022 World Cup dreams ended in the quarter-finals at the hands of France. 

The summer’s European Championship may be the last chance for Southgate to win a major tournament with the national side. 

Team News

Manager Milevski could make some changes in the team following their game on Friday. Jani Atanasov wasn’t part of the starting XI but the 24-year-old scored twice after being featured off the bench against Italy. We are expecting Atanasov to start the next home game, while Milan Ristovski and Stefan Ashkovski should also be part of the team. 

As for England, several key players are set to miss the qualifier match, including Nick Pope, Luke Shaw, Jude Bellingham, James Maddison, Reece James and John Stones. 

North Macedonia vs England potential line-ups 

North Macedonia: Dimitrievski; Ashkovski, Serafimov, Musliu; Dimoski, Atanasov, Elezi, Alioski; Ristovski, Bardhi, Elmas

England: Pickford; Walker, Guehi, Maguire, Lewis; Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Phillips; Grealish, Kane, Saka

North Macedonia vs England prediction 

Considering the form and squad quality of the sides, we are backing England to comfortably win their last qualifier.

North Macedonia 1-3 England 

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