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Kosovo fans relish match between their two most-cherished nations

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They had come from all over Europe and across the United Kingdom to St Mary’s Stadium for a game that means more to the young nation of Kosovo than just another Euro 2020 qualifier in the life of this country and its emergent football team.

There were, according to official sources, 20,000 Kosovans expected in Southampton for the game against England and only 10,000 among them with tickets – an international away support like no other. They had certainly come to support their team, currently on a 15-game unbeaten run and fresh from victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday, but they also have a deep affection for British football and the British in general.

Kristian Gashi, 30, a Kosovo supporter…

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