England beat Malta by 2-0
Southgate in charge for four games following Sam Allardyce‘s departure after the single World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia – had an untroubled opening as England easily overcame a Malta side only focused on damage limitation.
Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli’s goals helped England to seal victory but are disappointed as they could have scored more.
Daniel Sturridge opened the score line for England at 29’minute.
His goal came from a clever header as Jordan Henderson swing in a great cross.
England was dominating the game and where constantly treating the Malta goal post.
Malta goal keeper made some great saves including two shots from Rooney.
The second goal for England was scored by Dele Alli just before the half time.
The second half was dry as both teams where not able to find a good finish.
Man of the match – Jordan Henderson.
“I thought first half we played well, we could and should have scored more goals. Their goalkeeper made some good saves and subconsciously I think some of our players looked after themselves physically in the second half.
“We missed a couple of good chances but given where we were 10 days ago I am pleased with the result.
“You have to accept [mistakes] with attacking players. I think Lingard had an outstanding debut, linked the play and looked a real threat. He is an exciting player and the stage was made for him. He’s enjoyed Wembley, scored twice here in past for Manchester United, and I thought he had a very good game.
“We could have moved the ball more quickly but the game in Slovenia will be different. We managed today, we would have liked more but we’ll go from there.
“I have enjoyed the whole week. I would have liked to give the crowd four or five goals but in their last qualifying group Malta only lost by one goal against Croatia and Italy in both matches. There goalkeeper played well and they defended in heavy numbers but we could have won it by more.”- Gareth Southgate said.