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England won the reverse fixture comfortably 2-0 at Wembley back in October 2016, and will be anticipating a similar game here.
The result leaves England six points clear from Scotland and Slovenia in joint third place, and a positive result against Slovakia on Monday at Wembley will all but secure their qualification for the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer.
Nothing should mask the concerning nature of this England performance, neither the four goals, nor another important performance from Harry Kane nor another reminder of why Marcus Rashford has to start.
According to the prediction, Malta will lose their seventh match against the biggest team in the tournament, England. Other players are valued even higher, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli expected to command fees approaching 200 million pounds should they leave Tottenham Hotspur.
"This is a very hard match against England as they are the best team", said Malta coach Pietro Ghedin.
Danny Welbeck got the third goal in the first minute of stoppage time, as he latched onto a ball from Kane before lobbing Hogg.
"There's a lot of hard work and effort to get where we are".
"We just knew at half time to keep persevering and, thankfully, we managed to score some good goals in the end".
Elsewhere, Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool on transfer deadline day with the aim of playing in central midfield for Jurgen Klopp rather than at wing-back, where both Arsenal and Chelsea had plans for him. He's proven that - it's five in three, is it?
- England have netted at least two goals in seven of their nine games under the 46-year-old.
The striker remains England's most potent weapon although the search will be stepped up to find a midfielder capable of unlocking defences and provide the service he thrives on.
"We've just got to try and prove that on the pitch".
What's for sure is that Alli will see a game against Malta as a chance to boost his tally and with Kane yet to score this season, he might be Southgate's biggest goal threat in Malta on Friday. Eric Dier is out due to the suspension and the Joe Hart getting into the team and will play at the Ta' Qali National Stadium.
However, the English - boasting players whose salaries and transfer fees dwarfed that of their opponents - will need to put up a far better display at home to the Slovakians on Monday. But I understand the reaction.