England 2-0 Malta

England recorded a 2-0 victory over Malta in a World Cup qualifying game at Wembley. Both of England’s goals came in the first half; Daniel Sturridge scored the first with an excellent guided header from 12 yards and Dele Alli doubled the lead by stabbing home a rebound from his own shot. Hogg made a couple of good saves for Malta, especially in the first half. England controlled possession throughout the game, but struggled to create good chances. Too often, the ball seemed to go sideways or backwards and was often slow and narrow, particularly in the final third. Much was made about how England controlled possession, but this would be expected against a team ranked 176 in the world. In summary, whilst England have gained another three points in their qualifying campaign, it was a disappointing performance and they will need to play better to win in Slovenia.

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