It took the Three Lions 53 minutes to open the score in Malta, they had just two shots on goal in the entire first half, but their coach was quick to focus on the positives, talking to reporters after their World Cup qualifier.
We could have been two goals up very early on. We knew Malta defended really deep and would be so difficult to break down and create chances against
Gareth Southgate said, soon after his team had wrapped up a 4-0 win thanks to three goals in the dying minutes of the match.
But part of keeping the ball is tiring the opposition and your goals end up coming late. That’s what we have a bench for. Of course people will have wanted the goals earlier but we’ve won 4-0 and that’s all that matters
the England coach said. It was Harry Kane who made it 1-0 early in the second half. The Tottenham striker scored again in added time, with Ryan Bertrand and Danny Welbeck also finding the target.
What pleased me was that it can be a difficult environment. You’re expected to win comfortably and get your goals early. We stuck with the plan and didn’t panic. We kept playing our football and got the goals in the end
Southgate also said. England remain first in their group, two points above second-placed Slovakia, whom they are facing on Monday.