#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – ENGLAND WIN ON SOUTHGATE DEBUT, CLASSY GERMANY CRUISE
England ground out a low-key 2-0 victory over Malta in Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in interim manager Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge, while defending champions Germany strolled past the Czech Republic 3-0.
Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli scored first-half goals in front of a crowd of 82,000 at Wembley to steer England to a second straight win in Group F, leaving them two points clear at the top.
Liverpool striker Sturridge headed superbly back across Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg in the 29th minute following an inviting cross from club team-mate Jordan Henderson.
Alli then combined cleverly with Henderson to grab England’s second goal seven minutes before half-time, the duo exchanging passes on the edge of the area before the former poked home the rebound after his initial effort was saved.