North Macedonia vs England LIVE: Euro 2024 qualifier updates as Enis Bardhi scores controversial penalty

England have travelled to Skopje for their final outing of the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign as they take on North Macedonia this evening.

The Three Lions are hoping to see out qualifying without a loss as they are unbeaten through their seven matches so far, winning six and drawing once against Ukraine. They have already secured a place at the tournament in Germany next summer and are guaranteed to finish top of Group C.

Gareth Southgate’s side defeated Malta 2-0 at Wembley on Friday night but they were sluggish and disjointed throughout meaning the manager will be looking for a much-improved performance in tonight’s contest.

North Macedonia sit fourth in the group having only beaten Malta so far. Earlier in the campaign they drew 1-1 with Italy and put up a good fight against the European champions last time out before fading to a 5-2 defeat. With home advantage on their side as well, the hosts will make things challenging for England if they are not at their best.

Follow all the action from this Euro 2024 qualifier below plus get the latest odds and tips right here:

North Macedonia vs England live

  • England take on North Macedonia in a Euro 2024 qualifier, live on Channel 4

  • The Three Lions defeated Malta 2-0 last time out but will want to improve on that performance

  • North Macedonia XI: Dimitrievski, Manev, Serafimov, Musliu, Dimoski, Atanasov, Alimi, Alioski, Miovski, Bardhi, Elmas

  • England XI: Pickford, Walker, Maguire, Guehi, Lewis, Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Saka, Foden, Grealish, Watkins

  • 41’ GOAL! – Bardhi puts the ball home on the second attempt (MKD 1-0 ENG)

  • 39’ PENALTY! – North Macedonia awarded controversial penalty (MKD 0-0 ENG)

  • 15’ POST! – Rice’s low effort strikes the woodwork (MKD 0-0 ENG)

North Macedonia 1 – 0 England

Half-time! North Macedonia 1-0 England

20:36 , Mike Jones

45+4 mins: So, England trail in their final Euro 2024 qualifier. They’ve tried to be different tonight and move the ball quicker.

Rico Lewis is getting himself stuck into the game but was unlucky to give away the penalty. Enis Bardhi slotted the ball into the back of the net and that goal is the difference between the teams.

There’s work for Gareth Southgate to do at half-time.

North Macedonia 1-0 England

20:31 , Mike Jones

45 mins: Four minutes of added time to play at the end of the first half. Rico Lewis spies a gap in the North Macedonian defence and takes a shot from just outside the box.

He hits it sweetly but can’t beat the goalkeeper with his low effort.

GOAL! North Macedonia 1-0 England (Bardhi, 41’)⚽️

20:28 , Mike Jones

41 mins: Enis Bardhi takes the penalty kick and pings it to Jordan Pickford’s left.

The goalkeeper moves the correct way and palms the ball away but Bardhi is first to the rebound and he belts it past Pickford who’s left sprawled on the floor.

England need to come from behind in Skopje.

Penalty to North Macedonia!

20:26 , Mike Jones

North Macedonia 0-0 England

39 mins: Wow. The hosts dink the ball into England’s penalty area. Rico Lewis leaps into the air to clear the danger and nods the ball away.

As he jumps Bojan Miovski arrives behind him and runs into Lewis’ left-hand which swings down as the teenager makes his jump. There’s contact to the forward’s face which VAR believes is enough to send the referee to the monitor.

He takes a long look at the replays then points to the spot.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:23 , Mike Jones

36 mins: Almost great! The ball is bouncing around the middle of the pitch as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jack Grealish nod the ball up towards the box.

Ollie Watkins nudges the nearest defender, spins away from him as he goes to ground then collects the ball and drills a shot at goal. Stole Dimitrievski palms it away but the referee pulls the play back after the foul by Watkins.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:19 , Mike Jones

33 mins: Atanasov arrives late for a challenge on Lewis who drifts into a central midfield spot. The teenager is brought down and wins England a free kick in a dangerous area.

The Three Lions decide not to send the ball into the box and instead work it across to Jack Grealish who wins a corner from the left wing.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:16 , Mike Jones

30 mins: Close! Rico Lewis piles up the pitch to take part in England’s attack but is forced to track back into midfield as North Macedonia threaten to break up the pitch.

Harry Maguire is the lone defender and nods the clearance into the middle of the pitch where Lewis shields the ball and manages to offload it.

England move it quickly across to Phil Foden on the inside left and he threads a fine pass into the penalty area but Ollie Watkins can’t reach the ball with his lunge.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:12 , Mike Jones

27 mins: The home side are starting to get themselves into the game. They win a free kick over to the left of England’s penalty area and have the chance to flood the box with players.

Enis Bardhi fizzes the set piece over the six yard box but it drops safely and England work the ball away.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:10 , Mike Jones

24 mins: Oh my, Harry Maguire is a lucky boy.

First he gives the ball away deep in his own half and then has to back track as North Macedonia get Eljif Elmas into the box. He brings it in from the right and looks to create an angle to shoot.

Maguire thinks about making a tackle, half-lunges for the ball then pulls his leg back. He trips on the ground, knocks into the striker and brings him down too.

The hosts are screaming for a penalty but the referee waves for a goalkick as the ball heads out of play.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:07 , Mike Jones

21 mins: Ezgjan Alioski catches Bukayo Saka’s heel as the winger run past him with the ball. England take the free kick quickly and work it across the defence.

The Three Lions send the ball down the line to Jack Grealish who is fouled by another quickly closed down but mistimed challenge.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:04 , Mike Jones

18 mins: Saka draws a foul with his quick footwork and gives England a chance to swing in a set piece. Trent Alexander-Arnold whips the set piece into the middle of the box and puts it into a dangerous area.

There’s a coming together in the box but the whistle goes as Harry Maguire is flagged offside.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:01 , Mike Jones

15 mins: Woodwork!

Declan Rice receives the ball on the edge of the box. He drills a low, straight effort towards the back corner and beats the North Macedonian goalkeeper.

For a moment Rice thinks he’s scored but the ball hits the upright and bounces back into play where it’s booted away.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

20:00 , Mike Jones

14 mins: England slow the build-up right down as the ball goes back to Harry Maguire who’s looking for a cutting pass. He sends it over to Declan Rice who floats a lovely ball over the top as Ollie Watkins makes his run in behind.

The forward brings the ball down then pokes it to Bukayo Saka.

Saka dances inside moving past a bunch of defenders before unleashing a shot with his left-foot. It’s a typical move from the Arsenal man but his effort is blocked on the edge of the box.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

19:57 , Mike Jones

12 mins: Jack Grealish tries to play a one-two with Phil Foden on the front edge of the box but its blocked off and cleaned out by Jovan Manev.

The referee seemingly misses the incident as nothing comes from it other than a drop ball for the hosts. Grealish isn’t too happy about it though.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

19:55 , Mike Jones

9 mins: The hosts are finding it tricky to get themselves on the ball. Rico Lewis is stepping into midfield allowing England to have an extra body for closing the ball down quickly.

Enis Bardhi pumps a long pass up the pitch in a hopeful punt to find Eljif Elmas. It’s too pacey for the forward to get to and Jordan Pickford scoops it up without too much trouble.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

19:51 , Mike Jones

6 mins: Jani Atanasov leaves a bit too much on Jack Grealish who is trying to weave his way out of danger in England’s final third. The Man City man wins England a free kick and relieves the pressure on the defence.

North Macedonia played well against Italy last time out and they won’t hold back from taking the game to England here.

North Macedonia 0-0 England

19:49 , Mike Jones

3 mins: Close! There’s already more of a zip to England’s play in comparison to the match against Malta. They bring the ball down the right side through Bukayo Saka who sends it across the middle.

Declan Rice and Jack Grealish combine for a lovely one-two on the opposite side of the box with Grealish making the run in behind. He looks for a short pass to Ollie Watkins who tries to turn it home at the near post but his touch it deflected out for a corner.

Kick off! North Macedonia 0-0 England

19:46 , Mike Jones

England get the ball rolling against North Macedoina. This is the first of three matches for the Three Lions before the squad is named for Euro 2024.

Who will impress Gareth Southgate tonight?

North Macedonia vs England

19:40 , Mike Jones

Harry Kane has either scored or assisted a goal in each of his last 11 appearances for England in all competitions (11 goals, 3 assists).

With two goals in this game, he would be the first ever European player to score 10-plus goals in three consecutive qualifying campaigns, having netted 12 in qualifying for both Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

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North Macedonia vs England

19:35 , Mike Jones

Bukayo Saka has been involved in 10 goals in his last 11 competitive games for England (7 goals, 3 assists), setting up Harry Kane’s strike against Malta last time out.

He also scored a hat-trick in the Three Lions’ home fixture against North Macedonia in June.

North Macedonia vs England

19:33 , Mike Jones

England striker Ollie Watkins speaking on Channel Four: “Obviously goals is the main thing [that will help me get selected for the Euros]. As a striker I need to score goals.

“But also bringing a different dynamic to the team, stretching defences, bringing a different energy.

“You’re going to get games like that. Malta made it difficult and we still came away with the win. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more fluid a performance with a lot of goals and we’ll bring some energy and excitement tonight.”

Declan Rice putting pressure of price tag behind him to pursue biggest prizes

19:30 , Mike Jones

Declan Rice went to the World Cup surrounded by England team-mates who had won the biggest prizes in the game – now he is a £105million player who insists he is not fazed by the price tag having lifted European silverware and instantly taken to Champions League football.

The 24-year-old admitted a year ago in Qatar that he wanted to play at the highest level and left West Ham in the summer after captaining them to Europa Conference League glory.

Rice moved across London to Arsenal, joining the Gunners for a club-record fee and has hit the ground running with a run of fine performances for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Declan Rice putting pressure of price tag behind him to pursue biggest prizes

North Macedonia vs England

19:25 , Mike Jones

England have won eight of their last nine games in all competitions (one draw) since losing against France in the 2022 World Cup.

Victory here would mean their highest-ever win rate across a single calendar year in which they played at least 10 matches (90%).

North Macedonia vs England

19:20 , Mike Jones

North Macedonia have won just one of their last six European Championship qualifiers (one draw, four defeats), conceding 17 goals across those four defeats.

Since drawing 0-0 at Israel back in March 2007, England have scored in 19 consecutive away European Championship qualifiers, the longest run of any nation in qualifying history.

They have netted 55 goals in those games, an average of 2.9 per game.

Rico Lewis hopes his versatility helps him make late push for Euro 2024 squad

19:15 , Mike Jones

Rico Lewis is hoping his versatility will work in his favour as he aims to make a late charge to Euro 2024.

Gareth Southgate will name a 23-man squad for next summer’s finals in Germany, having been able to pick 26 players for both Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

That means competition for places will be more fierce than in recent years, with Southgate admitting those who are more adaptable could have the edge.

Rico Lewis hopes his versatility helps him make late push for Euro 2024 squad

North Macedonia vs England

19:10 , Mike Jones

Manchester City’s Rico Lewis turns 19 tomorrow. Given England’s lack of options at left-back and Lewis rising star status with the Premier League champions he is a given to start in that position tonight.

It’ll mark the teenager’s senior debut for England. Some birthday present.

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Southgate on tonight’s priorities

19:05 , Mike Jones

After a lacklustre performance against Malta on Friday, and with Euro 2024 qualification already secure, Gareth Southgate outlined what his priorties are for this evening’s game.

“Performance is the priority,” Southgate said. “We didn’t reach that standard on Friday. We have to get back to what we’re good at.

“There’s always a chance within that to have a look at a couple of things that we’d like to see as well but the biggest thing is making sure we hit the level of performance that we’ve set ourselves this year.”

North Macedonia vs England

19:00 , Mike Jones

England have won both of their previous away games against North Macedonia.

2-1 in September 2003 with Wayne Rooney and David Beckham goals and 1-0 in September 2006 thanks to a Peter Crouch winner.

Can they make it three from three tonight?

North Macedonia vs England

18:55 , Mike Jones

North Macedonia are winless in five international meetings with England with two draws and three defeats. They lost 7-0 against the Three Lions in June in the most recent encounter between the teams.

Can they improve this evening?

Southgate on left-back issues

18:50 , Mike Jones

With Kieran Trippier withdrawing from the England squad ahead of tonight’s match, there is a big vacancy in the left-back role.

Ben Chilwell, Levi Colwill and Luke Shaw all currently out injured and Gareth Southgate was asked ‘what he was thinking’ when it came to left-backs for tonight’s game.

He replied: “That we need to adapt and that we have a couple of different options. We are comfortable with it and that we can find a good solution to the issue.

“We haven’t got somebody that is playing there regularly, but we’ve adapted to lots of situations over the last few years and we’re comfortable with doing that again tomorrow.”

England team changes

18:46 , Mike Jones

Gareth Southgate has made six changes to the England team that started the match against Malta. In the backline comes Kyle Walker and Rico Lewis who replace Kieran Trippier and Fikayo Tomori.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only one to keep his spot in midfield as Jordan Henderson and Conor Gallagher are replaced with Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice.

Phil Foden looks likely to move into a central position with Saka starting on the right wing, over on the left Jack Grealish comes in for Marcus Rashford and Ollie Watkins takes Harry Kane’s place as the centre forward.

North Macedonia vs England line-ups

18:40 , Mike Jones

North Macedonia XI: Dimitrievski, Manev, Serafimov, Musliu, Dimoski, Atanasov, Alimi, Alioski, Miovski, Bardhi, Elmas

England XI: Pickford, Walker, Maguire, Guehi, Lewis, Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Saka, Foden, Grealish, Watkins

Kieran Trippier withdraws from England squad ahead of trip to North Macedonia

18:35 , Mike Jones

Kieran Trippier will play no part in England’s final Euro 2024 qualifier as the defender has withdrawn from the national team squad due to a personal matter.

The team underwent their final training session at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground earlier today before they fly out to Skopje for the match against North Macedonia tomorrow night.

Posting on X, formerly Twitter, the England social media account announced Trippier’s departure saying: “22 players are out for today’s session at Spurs Official’s training ground ahead of our final Euro 2024 qualifier.

“[Kieran Trippier] has departed the ThreeLions camp, owing to a personal matter and will not travel to North Macedonia.”

Kieran Trippier withdraws from England squad ahead of trip to North Macedonia

North Macedonia vs England

18:33 , Mike Jones

England have arrived in Skopje. Team news coming shortly…

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North Macedonia vs England

18:30 , Mike Jones

England have met North Macedonia on five previous occasions, having previously been drawn alongside each other in successive European Championships qualifying groups for Euro 2004 and Euro 2008.

The first encounter came at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. England went behind twice in the game but ended up securing a 2-2 draw thanks to strikes from David Beckham and Steven Gerrard.

The second game ended 0-0 at Old Trafford during Steve McClaren’s reign and the most recent clash also took place at Manchester United’s home ground with the Three Lions impressing in a 7-0 victory in this year’s Euro 2024 qualifying.

Gareth Southgate wants vastly-improved display from England in North Macedonia

18:25 , Mike Jones

Gareth Southgate says “performance is the priority” in North Macedonia as already-qualified England look to make up for winning with a whimper against minnows Malta.

The Euro 2020 runners-up sealed their place at next summer’s edition with two matches to spare and were below par in Friday’s qualifier.

England disappointed a packed Wembley crowd by limping to a 2-0 victory over Malta, leading the manager to suggest his players had subconsciously taken their foot off the gas.

Southgate did not castigate those that have done so well for him over the years, but he is demanding a vastly-improved display in North Macedonia as they bring the curtain down on 2023.

Gareth Southgate wants vastly-improved display from England in North Macedonia

Southgate agrees with Rice on England’s performance versus Malta

18:20 , Mike Jones

Gareth Southgate echoed the thoughts of Declan Rice saying that he’s hoping for an improved performance from England tonight and wants to end the year well.

“We weren’t at the level of performance that we wanted on Friday so we are all focused on tomorrow’s game.” He said at the pre-match press conference yesterday.

“We play a team who, although they can’t qualify, have tremendous pride and they’ll be wounded by what happened in Manchester [when England won 7-0], so we have to be ready for a really good, really good atmosphere and a full stadium.

“We’ve had a calendar year where we’ve been very good, so we want to finish well.”

North Macedonia vs England

18:15 , Mike Jones

The Three Lions are unbeaten since just being edged out in the World Cup last year by finalists France.

They have already secured their place in next summer’s Euro 2024 in Germany and could complete this qualifying campaign without a loss if they avoid defeat to North Macedonia tonight.

Rice wants England to end the year with a bang

18:10 , Mike Jones

Declan Rice took the pre-match press conference alongside England boss Gareth Southgate and spoke about the team’s plans for tonight’s match and I how he wants England to end the year on a high.

“Look, we know how good they are,” said Rice, “Even though we won quite big in Manchester, we knew before the game some of the quality they have on the pitch and some of the star players they have.

“We were wary of that and we will be wary of that again tomorrow night, especially after the other night against Malta – just a bit of pride in ourselves that we need to raise the level, we need to put out a statement and it’ll be a good way to end the year.

“We are currently unbeaten since the World Cup, so it’s down to us to go out tomorrow night and put on a performance. I feel like we have to be mentally prepared, have the right mentality, be ready for a hostile environment and make sure that we go out of this year with a bang.

“So we’ll be ready for whatever they throw at us.”

Declan Rice shares thoughts on VAR after England screamer ruled out: ‘I was gutted’

18:05 , Mike Jones

Declan Rice has shared his thoughts on VAR after his impressive goal against Malta was ruled out by the technology.

The Arsenal midfielder curled an effort into the net from the edge of the box, but it was chalked off after Harry Kane was adjudged to have been stood in an offside position, blocking the goalkeeper’s view.

Ahead of England’s fixture against North Macedonia on Monday night, Rice was asked if he is a “fan” of VAR and how he felt when his goal was ruled out.

North Macedonia vs England prediction

18:00 , Mike Jones

Follow their less than stellar outing against Malta last Friday, England will be looking to impress as they take on North Macedonia away from home tonight. Expect a much-improved performance, albeit against sterner opposition.

North Macedonia 1-4 England.

Early team news and predicted line-ups

17:55 , Mike Jones

Gareth Southgate has had to deal with a host of injuries in this camp with Jude Bellingham, James Maddison, Levi Colwill, Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk all pulling out, while Kalvin Phillips was unavailable for personal reasons.

Kieran Tripper has since also departed the squad due to a personal matter, Jarrod Bowen is injured, while Marcus Rashford might not be risked on Monday after being substituted following a collision with Trent Alexander-Arnold in the game against Malta.

North Macedonia head coach Blagoja Milevski, meanwhile, may look to rotate his team following their defeat against Italy, with Jani Atanasov – scorer of a brace off the bench against Italy – potentially in line for a start.

Predicted line-ups

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

England XI: Pickford; Walker, Konsa, Maguire, Lewis; Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Gallagher; Grealish, Kane, Saka.

How to watch North Macedonia vs England

17:50 , Mike Jones

North Macedonia vs England is due to kick off at 7.45pm GMT tonight, Monday 20 November, at the National Arena Tose Proeski in Skopje.

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on Channel 4, with coverage on the channel from 7pm GMT. A live stream will be available via the Channel 4 website and app.

If you’re travelling abroad and want to watch the event, you might need a VPN to unblock your streaming app. Our VPN round-up is here to help and includes deals on VPNs in the market. Viewers using a VPN need to make sure that they comply with any local regulations where they are, and also with the terms of their service provider.

North Macedonia vs England

17:45 , Mike Jones

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Euro 2024 qualifier as England take on North Macedonia in the final qualifying match of their campaign.

The Three Lions have already secured a spot in Germany for next summer’s tournament and Friday night’s victory over Malta ensured they will finish top of Group C.

The team’s performance during that 2-0 victory was suspect though and at times they were challenged by a side that haven’t won a match during this qualifying run.

Gareth Southgate will be hoping his players can round out 2023 in style with another victory tonight but more importantly a performance the fans can get behind which will give England some momentum heading into the new year.

We’ll have all the team news, updates and match action throughout the evening so stick around as we build up to kick off at 7.45pm.

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