Second half goals sink Malta

Posted September 03, 2017

England are on the brink of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after a 4-0 win in Malta on Friday night.

Harry Kane scored his first goals of the season after another barren August to help England on their way to maintaining their two-point advantage at the top of Group F. Ryan Bertrand scored his first senior global goal with an 85th-minute long shot that Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg made a mess of.

Malta team is in the bottom of Group F now.

England will be back at it Monday with a much sterner test against Slovakia, and the Tottenham star wants to see a little bit of patience from those who back his national side.

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"But part of keeping the ball is tiring the opposition and your goals end up coming late".

Last year's Golden Boot victor has always struggled in the month of August, and has yet to score a top-flight goal during the first month of the season.

Kane's two second-half strikes mean he is now top scorer under Southgate with five goals, more than twice as many as any of his team mates.

"But we knew we just needed to keep moving it and the spaces will open and the chances will come".

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"Of course we've got things to improve on".

"At my club I try to speak to a lot of the younger players and give them advice. When we got the ball into the areas that we'd worked on during the week, we managed to do that".

Harry Kane breaks his early season duck as Gareth Southgate praised his team's bravery after they were booed by their own supporters in Malta on Friday.

"When that opening goal doesn't come, playing against a packed defence, you've got to show some real courage and stick to the game plan, be patient, and wait for your opportunities", the newspaper reported that Southgate added. You know what it's like when you come to games like this.

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England boss Southgate said: "I understand the reaction, but we have to stay focused as a group".

"The mood is great, as after every victory, and we will fly in a good mood, but it's important to realise there's a completely different match awaiting us".

When you have match-winners like Alli, Kane and Marcus Rashford to call on though the cause is never lost and while Southgate might not have been at his most effervescent on the touchline, I like his measured approach to getting the most out of this crop of England players.

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