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North Macedonia 1-1 England: Three Lions secure top seeding at Euro 2024

todayNovember 20, 2023 2

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Rico Lewis catches North Macedonia forward in the penalty area
North Macedonia were given a controversial penalty at the end of the first half

Already-qualified England got the point they needed to secure a top seeding at Euro 2024 with an unconvincing draw away to North Macedonia in their final qualifying match.

The hosts were awarded a controversial penalty at the end of the first half when England debutant Rico Lewis caught striker Bojan Miovski’s with his hand as he jumped up for a header.

North Macedonia captain Enis Bardhi put his side ahead from the rebound after his spot-kick was saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

England equalised in the 59th minute when Phil Foden’s corner deflected in off Macedonian Jani Atanasov under pressure from Harry Kane.

The draw sealed England’s place in pot one for the draw for next summer’s European Championship in Germany as one of the top five group winners, with 20 points from eight qualifying matches.

England unconvincing in draw

England were routinely frustrated in Skopje against a North Macedonia side who were hammered 7-0 by the Three Lions at Old Trafford in June.

Gareth Southgate’s team made a promising start. Declan Rice hit the post with a driven shot from the edge of the box in the 14th minute before Ollie Watkins sent a free header wide seconds later.

Midway through the first half Harry Maguire was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he nudged over Elif Elmas in the box. The penalty England did concede on the stroke of half-time though was harsh on the visitors.

Slovakian referee Filip Glova had initially waved play on when Lewis caught Aberdeen striker Miovski, but awarded the hosts a spot-kick after consulting the pitch-side monitor.

Seconds into the second half England had a goal ruled out for offside after Jack Grealish had timed his run too early before he bundled in Bukayo Saka’s cross.

Their leveller eventually came just before the hour mark when substitute Kane did enough to panic defender Atanasov into deflecting Foden’s corner into his own net.

England looked the likelier to grab a late winner but, just as they did for most of the game, struggled to break down their opponent’s low block.

Lewis impresses despite conceding penalty

Teenager Lewis became England’s 20th youngest player, making his debut a day before his 19th birthday.

The versatile Manchester City player made his club debut less than 12 months ago, but has impressed for Pep Guardiola’s side this campaign in defence and midfield.

He looked lively from left-back at Tose Proeski Arena, firing a shot over the bar inside the first three minute.

After conceding a penalty and collecting a yellow card for his foul, he forced Macedonian keeper Stole Dimitrievski into a fine diving save just before the break.

Kyle Walker also became the 126th player to captain England, filling in for Kane until the Bayern Munich forward came on in the second half.

England end their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign unbeaten and next face Brazil and Belgium in friendlies in March.

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North Macedonia

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameDimitrievski

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  2. Squad number15Player nameManev

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  3. Squad number4Player nameSerafimov

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  4. Squad number6Player nameMusliu

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  5. Squad number14Player nameDimoski

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  6. Squad number18Player nameAlimi

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  7. Squad number21Player nameAtanasov

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  8. Squad number8Player nameAlioski

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  9. Squad number10Player nameBardhi

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  10. Squad number9Player nameMiovski

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  11. Squad number7Player nameElmas

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  1. Squad number3Player nameAshkovski

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  2. Squad number16Player nameKostadinov

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  3. Squad number17Player nameElezi

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  4. Squad number19Player nameRistovski

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  1. Squad number1Player namePickford
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  2. Squad number2Player nameWalker
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  3. Squad number6Player nameMaguire
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  4. Squad number5Player nameGuéhi
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  5. Squad number3Player nameLewis
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  6. Squad number10Player nameAlexander-Arnold
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  7. Squad number4Player nameRice
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  8. Squad number7Player nameSaka
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  9. Squad number8Player nameFoden
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  10. Squad number11Player nameGrealish
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  11. Squad number9Player nameWatkins
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  1. Squad number15Player namePhillips
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  2. Squad number18Player nameRashford
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  3. Squad number19Player namePalmer
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  4. Squad number20Player nameKane
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North Macedonia

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Dimitrievski
  • 15Manev
  • 4Serafimov
  • 6Musliu
  • 14DimoskiSubstituted forAshkovskiat 86′minutes
  • 18AlimiSubstituted forKostadinovat 75′minutes
  • 21AtanasovSubstituted forEleziat 90+1′minutes
  • 8Alioski
  • 10Bardhi
  • 9MiovskiSubstituted forRistovskiat 75′minutes
  • 7ElmasBooked at 17mins


  • 2Iljazovski
  • 3Ashkovski
  • 5Ademi
  • 11Churlinov
  • 12Aleksovski
  • 13Mitrovski
  • 16Kostadinov
  • 17Elezi
  • 19Ristovski
  • 20Daci
  • 22Shishkovski
  • 23Todoroski


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Walker
  • 6Maguire
  • 5Guéhi
  • 3LewisBooked at 40mins
  • 10Alexander-ArnoldBooked at 56minsSubstituted forPhillipsat 84′minutes
  • 4Rice
  • 7SakaSubstituted forPalmerat 84′minutes
  • 8Foden
  • 11GrealishSubstituted forRashfordat 84′minutes
  • 9WatkinsSubstituted forKaneat 58′minutes


  • 12Tomori
  • 13Johnstone
  • 14Henderson
  • 15Phillips
  • 16Gallagher
  • 17Konsa
  • 18Rashford
  • 19Palmer
  • 20Kane
  • 22Ramsdale

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Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, North Macedonia 1, England 1.

  2. Second Half ends, North Macedonia 1, England 1.

  3. Attempt missed. Harry Kane (England) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kyle Walker with a cross.

  4. Phil Foden (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Foul by Agon Elezi (North Macedonia).

  6. Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (England) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  7. Substitution, North Macedonia. Agon Elezi replaces Jani Atanasov.

  8. Phil Foden (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Foul by Visar Musliu (North Macedonia).

  10. Attempt missed. Nikola Serafimov (North Macedonia) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross following a set piece situation.

  11. Foul by Kyle Walker (England).

  12. Eljif Elmas (North Macedonia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Substitution, North Macedonia. Stefan Ashkovski replaces Bojan Dimoski.

  14. Substitution, England. Cole Palmer replaces Bukayo Saka.

  15. Substitution, England. Marcus Rashford replaces Jack Grealish.

  16. Substitution, England. Kalvin Phillips replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.

  17. Foul by Bukayo Saka (England).

  18. Ezgjan Alioski (North Macedonia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Foul by Harry Maguire (England).

  20. Visar Musliu (North Macedonia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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