• Daniel Sturridge opens scoring with deft header.
  • Dele Alli doubles the lead in the first half.
  • Gareth Southgate takes charge of first England game as caretaker boss.
  • England beat Slovenia in Sam Allardyce's only game at the helm.
  • Malta ranked 176 in the world and winless in last 11 games.
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Well that brings an end to our live coverage to Wembley. I'm off to hear from Gareth Southgate and see how he saw his first match in charge of England. We'll be back with all the reaction from Wembley ahead of the second game at Slovenia on Tuesday. Keep an eye out for that but until then it's goodbye.


Full time: England 2-0 Malta

That will do for Gareth Southgate, who begins his England tenure with a win. Finishing let the home side down but Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli did find the target to make it two wins from two in World Cup qualifying. It was far from convincing, but it's a start ahead of Slovenia on Tuesday.


England being booed and jeered by their own fans, as they attempt to see out this game without showing any ambition whatsoever. Two added minutes, mercilessly.


Into the final five minutes at Wembley. Is two enough for Gareth Southgate? It has been an impressive display, but England's finishing has prevented Malta being subjected to a real hammering.


What a miss by Dele Alli! Rashford finds himself all along on the right and his cross is turned over by Alli from all of seven yards. Almost harder to miss the target.


Joe Hart with his first touch of the half and he keeps out Andrei Agius' back-post volley, beating the ball away with his chest. By a long, long way Malta's best chance of the game.


The home team have now begun crossing the ball aimlessly into the penalty area, with Malta merely heading the ball away at will. All very easy for them as we enter the final 10 minutes.

That attendance by the way, 81,781. Not bad, given that we're two months into the club season. Good work from those who have showed up.


Malta make a change as Michael Mifsud, of Coventry and Barnsley fame, replacing Alfred Effiong.


Jamie Vardy on for England and Daniel Sturridge, who opened the scoring, comes on.

Meanwhile, the modern age in which we live in sees fans attempting to light-up Wembley with their smart phones, as the game descends into a training game. It is certainly preferable to a Mexican wave.


Walcott off and Rashford on, to make his Wembley England debut - for what it is worth.


Gareth Southgate has been a vocal presence on the touchline throughout his first game in charge.

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Marcus Rashford being readied by Gareth Southgate. But where will he be playing?


Wonderful move from England carves Malta wide-open. Dele Alli's flick sets Lingard free, he plays a delightful inside pass for the onrushing Walcott who is denied by Hogg. Malta cut to ribbons.


England in complete control here but they continue to struggle with a final ball in the last third. Kyle Walker twice has chances to cross on the right but they come to nothing on both occasions. His deliveries have not been good enough, frankly.


I have just been reminded that Theo Walcott is playing for England this evening, but you wouldn't know it. The Arsenal man has been completely anonymous on the right-hand side of the attack. Marcus Rashford patiently waiting for his opportunity.



Rooney denied by Hogg for the second time this afternoon, as his free-kick is turned over the bar. Hogg was born in Kingston, a stone's throw from where I grew up in fact, and currently represents Hibernians. I can assure you I would not have turned the bal away with such aplomb.


Lots of gaps in club England, or whatever they call it these days. The sponsors and corporates have not been tempted into this Saturday tea-time extravaganza. Those that have still taking their seats after half-time.


Rooney's ball is headed behind by a Malta defender, Agius on this occasion. The corner comes to nothing however.


Second half underway at Wembley. Danny Rose continues to stretch out those hamstrings but he does win England a free-kick on the left in a dangerous position.


Danny Rose having what looks a lot like a fitness test at half time. He had been stretching out his hamstrings after coming on at half time, and didn't start the game due to concerns over his fitness.


The half-time entertainment at Wembley consists of fans taking shots at a goal covered in targets. None of them quite make it however.

On a slightly lighter note, several members of Team GB's Olympic and Paralympic medal winners have just been announced to the crowd at Wembley. They get the ovation they very much deserve.


Half time: England 2-0 Malta

Job-all but done for Gareth Southgate, who is on course for a win in his first game as England manager. Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli have done the damage, but Jordan Henderson has been the stand-out figure of the half with assists for both goals. The only setback has been the injury to Ryan Bertrand who went off after 18 minutes. Malta have lacked resilience and could be put to the sword in the second half.


Sturridge again giving Malta trouble and his latest effort is blocked behind for another corner. It's played short and Rooney hits his pass out of play. Two minutes added on at Wembley.