2018 WCQ: England 2-0 Malta|Alli, Sturridge on target

Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli were the scorers as Gareth Southgate started his reign as England’s interim manager with a comfortable 2-0 win against minnows, Malta in the World Cup qualifying series 

The win ensured that England continued their flawless start in the qualifiers as they romped to a routine 2-0 win at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

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 merely intent on damage limitation.

Sturridge’s clever header from Jordan Henderson’s cross gave the Three Lions the lead just before the half-hour mark.

Dele Alli then scrambled home a second before half-time as England ensured that it was a no contest with the side ranked 176th by Fifa.

England should have recorded a more emphatic win but  Malta’s heroic goalkeeper Andrew Hogg stood between England and further goals with fine saves from Alli, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and debutant Jesse Lingard as the hosts made it maximum points from two qualifiers.