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FC Vaduz defender Naser Aliji has received his first Albania call-up for the friendly meeting with France on Saturday, with coach Gianni De Biasi - who has now been granted Albanian citizenship - electing to bring in seven players from the domestic league to replace some squad regulars. "I have followed these players in our domestic league and they deserve a chance," he said.

Goalkeepers: Orges Shehi (KS Skënderbeu), Etrit Berisha (SS Lazio), Alban Hoxha (FK Partizani).

Defenders: Naser Aliji (FC Vaduz), Arlind Ajeti (FC Basel 1893), Lorik Cana (SS Lazio), Renato Arapi (KS Skënderbeu), Arbnor Fejzullahu (FK Partizani), Elseid Hysaj (Empoli FC), Amir Rrahmani (FK Partizani).

Midfielders: Migjen Basha (Torino FC), Ergys Kaçe (PAOK FC), Andi Lila (Parma FC), Sabien Lilaj (KS Skënderbeu), Ledian Memushaj (Pescara Calcio), Herolind Shala (AC Sparta Praha), Afrim Taku (SK Tirana), Odise Roshi (FSV Frankfurt).

Forwards: Bekim Balaj (HNK Rijeka), Sokol Çikalleshi (RNK Split), Ermir Lenjani (Stade Rennais FC), Armando Sadiku (FC Zürich), Valdet Rama (TSV 1860 München).

09/06/20159:43Fatjon Pandovski

Gianni De Biasi, Albania coach:


It was a historic victory for Albania and the most important match of my career, but now it's over. We did a good job. Armenia got into our area once and scored, but we dominated the rest of the match. They are a team that defends well, and we know it would be difficult. At half-time I told my players we could win this match - we were full of belief, and we did it. The match against Armenia was, as I said, the most important of my career, but now the next qualifier against Denmark is the match of my life.

29/03/201522:00Jim Wirth
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    Watch five of the best goals so far
  • Highlights: France v Albania
    Highlights: France v Albania
  • Highlights: Albania v Denmark
    Highlights: Albania v Denmark
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    See how Albania shocked Portugal
  • Captain Cana hails heroic Albania
    Captain Cana hails heroic Albania
  • Balaj joy after Albania winner
    Balaj joy after Albania winner
  • France - Albania reaction
    France - Albania reaction
  • France taking nothing for granted
    France taking nothing for granted
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  • Albania celebrate
    Albania celebrate
  • Albania dressing room
    Albania dressing room
  • Antoine Griezmann (France)
    Antoine Griezmann (France)
  • Bekim Balaj (Albania) & Matija Nastasić (Serbia)
    Bekim Balaj (Albania) & Matija Nastasić (Serbia)
  • Albania players celebrate
    Albania players celebrate
  • Nicolai Boilesen (Denmark) & Andi Lila (Albania)
    Nicolai Boilesen (Denmark) & Andi Lila (Albania)
  • Lasse Vibe (Denmark) & Mërgim Mavraj (Albania)
    Lasse Vibe (Denmark) & Mërgim Mavraj (Albania)
  • Taulant Xhaka (Albania) & Simon Kjær (Denmark)
    Taulant Xhaka (Albania) & Simon Kjær (Denmark)
  • Giovanni de Biasi (Albania)
    Giovanni de Biasi (Albania)
  • Amir Abrashi (Albania) & William Kvist (Denmark)
    Amir Abrashi (Albania) & William Kvist (Denmark)
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Squad

Coach:

Giovanni de Biasi (ITA)

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Highlights

  • Highlights: Albania 2-1 Armenia

    Late goals from Mërgim Mavraj and Shkelzen Gashi help Albania come from behind to win 2-1 against Armenia in Group I.
  • Highlights: Albania v Denmark

    See the goals as the sides drew 1-1 in Elbasan.
  • See how Albania shocked Portugal

    Watch Bekim Balaj's goal for Albania as they overcame the odds to claim the scalp of Portugal in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I.

Suspensions and injuries

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Standings

* Serbia have had 3 point(s) deducted

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2010/12Qualifying round10235
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1998/00Preliminary round10145
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