England's World Cup qualifier with Albania at risk of being AXED over police security fears just days before game

ENGLAND'S crunch World Cup qualifying match against Albania was under threat last night after a row erupted between police and the local FA.

The Three Lions are due to play the European minnows on Sunday in the capital Tirana at the national stadium after jetting in the day before.

But today the city's police chief Rebani Jaupi told the Albanian FA the match could not go ahead in a row over security.

Although no fans will be present at the Air Albania stadium nearby bars and restaurants will be open as the country doesn't have a lockdown.

Mr Jaupi has said his officers cannot guarantee security as many of the venues have large window panels and outside tables and chairs.

And last night urgent talks were underway between the FA, police and the government to try and resolve the issue which could put England's campaign in jeopardy.

Andi Vercani, of the Albanian FA, told The Sun: ''We are currently trying to resolve this issue with the authorities. It's something that we hope can be resolved quickly within the next day.

"We need it to happen before the England team arrives on Saturday."

Earlier this week the Albanian FA asked the country's prime minister to have around 30 per cent of seats, around 6,500 fans, inside the ground if they had been vaccinated but the request was turned down.

It is estimated that around 50,000 Albanians have been jabbed against covid but despite the refusal, another last-minute bid was being made to the government.

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