England cruised to a 4-0 win over Malta at Ta’Qali in their Group C qualifier for Euro 2024.
A game England were expected to win proved to be little more than a training session for Gareth Southgate’s side who were never troubled by the hosts.
Ferdinando Apap turned a cross from Bukayo Saka into his own net after just nine minutes to give England the lead and control of the game.
It was 2-0 to England just on the half hour when Trent Alexander-Arnold fired past Henry Bonello.
Minutes later, England added a third through a Harry Kane penalty after the Spurs striker was brought down in the box by Matthew Guillaumier.
England failed to add to their tally in the second half, maybe the heat of Ta’Qali was sapping some of their energy but a fourth goal did come, right at the very end when a VAR check judged Steve Borg to have handled in the box. Newcastle striker Callum Wilson made no mistake from the spot.
A resounding victory for England and to be honest, nothing less was expected. On the night, disappointment for Malta who were totally outclassed in all areas of the pitch. They failed to get even a single shot on goal during the ninety minutes. They looked disjointed with little connection between the defenders and a midfield five. Coach Michele Marcolini has plenty to think about before Malta take on Ukraine on Monday.
Photos: Andrew Grima