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Late goals fail to stop dismal England proving there are no easy games to watch in international football - The Independent

On the evidence of this, at least, there are no easy games to watch in international football. This 4-0 England win over Malta actually gave Gareth Southgate his first competitive away win and inched the side ever closer to inevitable World Cup ...and more »

Harry Kane scores twice as England beat Malta and move closer to World Cup - The Guardian

Harry Kane, second left, clips his shot past Andy Hogg to score England's first goal against Malta. Photograph: Tullio Puglia/Uefa via Getty Images. The best thing that can probably be said about England is that they won convincingly thanks to the ...and more »

Malta 0 England 4: Harry Kane, Ryan Bertrand and Danny Welbeck strike as Three Lions labour - Evening Standard

England supporters defy perennial disappointment to follow their team far and wide but the steady stream of fans drifting out of the ground well before the end was the most poignant commentary on this 4-0 win over Malta. Some were undoubtedly locals ...and more »

Five things we learned from England's stuttering 4-0 World Cup qualifying win against Malta - The Independent

England put four goals past minnows Malta on Friday night, who sit 177 places below Gareth Southgate's side in the Fifa World Rankings. The two sides headed in for half-time with the score at 0-0, after Raheem Sterling wasted a fine chance to open the ...and more »

Malta 0 England 4: Harry Kane double puts gloss on a night of toil -

These grinding one-way games that make up much of what is World Cup qualification in the modern era are nothing like entertainment, and for the most part they barely constitute a contest, but just when it looked like another underwhelming night for ...and more »

England remain flawed going forward - Gareth Southgate must make promising side more than the sum of its parts - The Independent

You wouldn't have called Gareth Southgate defensive on the issue, but he did look to get on the front foot when asked about England fans booing the team after the goalless first half in Malta. “I understand why… but I've played in so many qualifiers ...and more »

Three Lions, four captains? England's Gareth Southgate set to have select stars take it in turns as skipper -

Gareth Southgate is ready to turn his back on English tradition and have a rota of captains, writes Andy Dunn in Valletta. After Wayne Rooney's retirement, Three Lions boss Southgate was expected to name a permanent skipper, but on the eve of the World ...and more »


England scored three late goals to overcome Malta's stubborn resistance and stay in control of their qualifying group for next summer's World Cup. Gareth Southgate's side struggled to break down physical, resilient opponents and it was 53 minutes ...and more »

Gareth Southgate's philosophy on captaincy is the kind of evolutionary approach England are crying out for - The Independent

It was something that had been discussed among the England players, and so many people around them, for so much of the week. Jordan Henderson spoke about it. Harry Kane spoke about it. Jermain Defoe spoke about it. All of the media, meanwhile ...and more »

Malta 0-4 England - The FA

Three goals in the final five minutes allowed England to strengthen their World Cup qualification claims with a relatively comfortable 4-0 win in Malta. Goalless at half-time and still only 1-0 after 85 minutes, courtesy of Harry Kane's 53rd-minute ...and more »