Drab England missing that killer touch
England 2 Malta 0
Published 09/10/2016 | 02:30
England put a tough fortnight behind them with a predictably straightforward victory against Malta, getting Gareth Southgate's interim reign off to a solid if unspectacular start.
Overcoming a side ranked 176th in the world is hardly a yardstick with which to measure success or progress, but there were flashes of promise as the first half came to a close.
The speed of thought and feet seem to bamboozle Malta at times, with only wayward finishing and some fine goalkeeping preventing England from adding to Daniel Sturridge's header and a Dele Alli effort before half-time.
The second half was a drab affair by comparison but Alli should have added another late on, with the overall frustration culminating with Wayne Rooney being booed by some of the Wembley crowd after missing late on.
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