Atanasov own goal spares England’s blushes as North Macedonia earn draw | Euro 2024 qualifying

This is what happens when Harry Kane – in the form of his life – is left to kick his heels on the substitutes’ bench. When he was unchained, the result was instant, the England captain forcing the equaliser 40 seconds after his introduction.

It would go down as an own goal by the North Macedonia midfielder, Jani Atanasov, but it was the presence of Kane, his darting run on to a Phil Foden corner just before the hour, that panicked his marker.

And so England got something from the final game of an excellent Euro 2024 qualification campaign, their progress never in doubt from the moment…


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