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England - Malta
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 8 October 2016
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FT: England 2-0 Malta. First-half goals from Sturridge and Alli are enough to pick up the points in Southgate's first match in charge. The interim coach will be disappointed they failed to add to their tally in a laboured second-half showing but is up and running with a victory. One down four to go for the ex-Boro boss. Next up, it's a trip to Slovenia on Tuesday as the Three Lions look to make it three out of three in Group F.
Rashford drives to the byline once more but his cross is nodded away.
Two minutes added.
Rooney tries a first-time curler from Rashford's touch back, but it's a yard or so too high and it flies over the crossbar.
Malta happy to hack it anywhere and drop deep again.
Another goal would probably paper over the cracks of a slow-paced second-half showing from the home team.
BIG MISS! Alli blazes wide at the far post after Rashford's low ball from the right put it on a plate for the Spurs man.
A flurry of corners for the home side are well defended. Still time to get one or two more....
The corner comes to nothing and England are back on the hunt for their third...
SAVE! Joe Hart forced to keep out Andre Agius' volley at the far post after a deep free kick had caught Alli out.
Free kick to Malta as Mifsud tangles with Cahill. It's 35 yards out and the closest the visitors have come to the England goal.
Vardy tries to flick it on for Lingard but a Malta boot hoists it clear once more.
Chance for Lingard on the right of the area but he overcooks a cross and is flies harmlessly out of play. Less impressive form the hosts in this half.
Is 2-0 good enough? A win is a win but Malta would be delighted with a 2-0 reversal.
- OffAlfred EffiongMalta
- OnMichael MifsudMalta
MALTA CHANGE: Effiong off, Mifsud on.
Rashford with a chance to unleash the pace. He hits the left byline but his cutback can't find an England teammate.
- OffDaniel SturridgeEngland
- OnJamie VardyEngland
ENGLAND CHANGE: Sturridge off, Vardy on.
Lingard tries to slot a first-time ball through for Sturridge off Rooney's forward pass, but the execution is just lacking.
That prediction of 5-0 to England is looking optimistic at this point...
Rooney glides a ball over the top that flies harmlessly out of play.
Rooney shifts a quick free kick to Lingard who wastes no time flashing a 25-yard attempt just wide.
- OffTheo WalcottEngland
- OnMarcus RashfordEngland
ENGLAND CHANGE: Walcott off, Marcus Rashford on.
A poor clearance allows Henderson to tee up Sturridge but the Liverpool forward can't shift his feet and fails to get the shot away.
A flowing one-touch move sees Sturridge play Rose in-behind. his cutback doesn't find Walcott but it wouldn't have counted as the flag was up.
The corner comes to nothing but that was much better from England. More urgency and intent in their approach play.
A rapid England break sees Alli flick to Lingard who slips it through for Walcott. The Arsenal man gets there but sees his shot from inside the area well blocked by the keeper.
A lot of square passes being played in and around the Malta area. It's making it easy for the visitors.
Normal service resumed with England pressing. That Malta attack almost got Hart excited.
Walker teases a cross in from the right but Hogg does just enough to flap it away from Alli.
Disappointment as England easily head it clear. Nose bleed alert amongst the Malta team now.
Malta have a free kick in England's half!
England still probing. The pattern of the game remains the same but there's no real urgency. You sense more goals will come but why not look to turn on the style?
Rooney arcs the free kick in from the left flank but doesn't beat the first man.
Steve Borg booked for a scything challenge on Lingard.
A rare touch for Joe Hart. Wonder if he has a jumper in the net? Getting a bit chillier...
Rooney overcooks the free kick/goes for a disguised shot, but Hogg makes an easy save, tipping it over.
Paul Fenech penalised for a handball. It's just been pointed out he owns a cafe... Free kick to England on the left 25 yards out.
Everyone talking up Southgate. Are they building him up to knock him down? Remember, this is Malta...
The other highlighting how impressive Jordan Henderson has been so far this evening.
A couple of Opta stats for you. One highlighting England's utter dominance...
A case of how many for England? I'm predicting five...
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KICK OFF! Malta restart the contest.
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HT: England 2-0 Malta. Goals from Sturridge and Alli have given the Three Lions a comfortable interval lead. So far, so good for Southgate.
Two minutes added.
VIDEO: Dele's delight.
Walker fizzes a fine cross in from the right but Sturridge sees his header comfortably plucked out of the air by Hogg.
An age-old question....
Sturridge slaloms on the right of the area but sees his low drive from a narrow angle blocked by Hogg.
- GoalDele AlliEngland
GOAL!!! Alli stabs home the rebound via the inadvertent foot of a defender after Hogg had saved his initial effort. Again, more decisive play from Henderson in the build up, bursting into the box and laying it off for Alli to strike.
VIDEO: Sturridge strikes
Another Studge stat.
Might be a case of London buses.... Wait for one and then two comes at once and all that...
Sturridge almost turns provider as he picks out the run of Lingard with a clipped cross but the United forward sees his header saved. From the resulting corner it drops for Cahill eight yards out but the defender lashes a skewed effort wide.
Rooney curves it into the middle of the six-yard box but Stones can't reach it despite making a clever, angled run.
Free kick to England 30 yards out. Rooney and Henderson over it...
Henderson has been very impressive so far.
The first scorer of the Southgate era... let's all do the dance...
- GoalDaniel SturridgeEngland
GOAL!!! Henderson whips another sublime cross into the box for Sturridge to plant a well-placed header beyond the dive of Hogg.
Media eyes firmly fixed on Rooney...
England probing but Malta still quite comfortable.
Surprising that the England skipper didn't get a card there...
Rooney crunches into a nasty challenge on Andre Schembri. He wins the ball but catches the Malta man on the lower part of his shin.
What a miss! Sturridge lashes over from a tight angle after Alli's header from Henderson's sumptuous cross was kept out by Andrew Hogg.
Lingard lashes a first-time shot on the run wide of target after racing onto Henderson's raking pass from deep. Almost a wonderful start to his senior England career.
ENGLAND CHANGE: Rose on for the injured Bertrand.
Real disappointment for Bertrand. Danny Rose is only just back from injury with Spurs but will called upon early doors here.
Bertrand pulled up clutching the hamstring as he made a surge forward. He's now on the deck receiving treatment. A change looks inevitable.
Ryan Bertrand just trying to shrug off a knock.
Sturridge lets fly but it's easily held by the Malta keeper.
Everything is scrutinized when you are England boss... everything...
It's been a quiet start from Sturridge. He'll fancy his chances of notching a few here. England on top but not exactly putting Malta under intense pressure so far.
Walcott shifts it and curves a lovely ball around the defender into the middle from the right but no-one is in the box to take advantage.
This is the first of four matches for Southgate to prove his credentials. Slovenia, Scotland and Spain are the other opponents. This one is surely the most winnable.
Rooney lets fly from 20 yards but the keeper makes a fine saves and pushes it away. A better effort from the England skipper.
Rooney curves free kick into the wall. Disappointing.
Alli wins free kick 25 yards out. Chance here...
All England as you'd expect but Henderson's diagonal pass has too much pace on it for Walcott to latch onto with an angled run from the right.
Knives already being sharpened for Rooney...
Lots of people hoping Southgate does well. No-one doubting he's a gent.
Malta's record suggests they are ideal opponents for Southgate to get his tenure off to a decent start...
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KICK OFF! England get Southgate's first match in charge underway through Daniel Sturridge.
Plenty of talk that Wayne Rooney will play in a deep midfield role. It's not gone down well in Twitterland! The Manchester United 'forward' was dropped by Jose Mourinho last month and the Three Lions captain will need a strong display here to avoid more negativity.
Theo Walcott will be keen to impress this evening. He was left out of the Euro 2016 squad and starts for his country for the first time since scoring in a 2-0 win in a qualifier against Estonia 12 months ago. The Arsenal man wins his 45th cap and has netted three in his last four appearances for his club. He said: "I don't want this time to stop. I have been working hard and I want to be better than the opposition. It is a completely new bunch of players but we want to put the disappointment of the Euros right - there is no reason why we cannot do better. When we have the freedom to express ourselves, that bodes well for the future."
A big evening for Daniel Sturridge?
Full team sheet from Wembley. Malta have 35-year-old star Michael Mifsud on the bench. Back in September 2007 he hit a brace as Coventry won 2-0 at champions, Man United in the Carling Cup. If he makes it onto the famous turf, it'll be his 119th appearance for his country.
Ahead of the match, right-back Kyle Walker was candid when asked about the harsh lessons learned from England's embarrassing Euro 2016 exit to Iceland. He said: "I just think we don't need to play into their game. I thought probably in the summer, that's what we did and we didn't really have a different plan. It was 'we are going to play this way', and if it didn't work, then we didn't really know what to do. But I feel for the Malta game we have different dimensions now. We have spoken about it in depth - that if something is not working, we need to go to this plan... I think the quality in the dressing room is frightening."
VIDEO: Southgate on modern management
Will Southgate lay down a marker and win his way into the job full time over the coming months? Or are the FA lining up a temperamental Italian?
It'll be a quiz question in years to come... Who was the only player to score in Sam Allardyce's 67 days in charge of England.... Answer: Adam Lallana. The Liverpool midfielder's last-gasp strike gave them a narrow 1-0 success in Slovakia in the first game of qualifying.
Some members of the press feel Marcus Rashford should have been in from the start...
Here's how the Three Lions will line up.
As expected, Theo Walcott wins his 45th cap while Daniel Sturridge also gets a start despite being far from first choice at Liverpool. Ryan Bertrand features at left back in the absence of Danny Rose.
The stand-out line from the team news is that Jesse Lingard makes his bow. The forward has made more chances per 90 minutes (3.35) in the Premier League this season than any other Man United player (via Squawka).
CONFIRMED ENGLAND TEAM: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Stones, Bertrand; Henderson, Rooney, Lingard, Alli, Walcott; Sturridge.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of England v Malta at Wembley. Just a few short weeks ago this was expected to be the first home fixture of Sam Allardyce's time in charge of the national side, but after revelations surrounding his activity away from the dugout his position became untenable. Step forward, Gareth Southgate to try and spare the FA's blushes and navigate the Three Lions through the next few months. This is the first of four matches for the ex-Middlesbrough manager as the home side look to make it two wins from two in Group F of the 2018 World cup qualifying.