Dele on target as England beat Malta
08 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli struck as England beat Malta 2-0 in World Cup qualifying at Wembley on Saturday.
The midfielder , playing in the '10' role, bagged the second goal in the 38th minute, following up on an effort initially saved by Malta's impressive goalkeeper Andrew Hogg. That's his second goal in 14 England caps.
Dele was joined in the starting line-up by Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker and there was an early appearance off the bench for Danny Rose, who replaced injured Ryan Bertrand after just 19 minutes. Eric Dier remained an unused substitute.
As expected, England dominated from start to finish. They finished Gareth Southgate's first game in charge with 80% possession and 20 efforts to Malta's one.
Below: Kyle Walker challenges Malta's Alfred Effiong
Dele went close on a couple more occasions as well, denied by Hogg in the first half before firing over from close range later in the game.
He told ITV Sport afterwards: "I like to get into the box and get goals and assists and I can't complain - the chances were there, maybe I needed to be a bit more clinical.
Below: View from behind the goal as Dele scores
"Gareth Southgate is a fantastic manager. I've worked with him before, he knows what I'm about and he told me to go out there and try to play my football and affect the game. It was a solid performance, we started strongly, kept the ball and dominated as we knew we would. It was a good base to work on."
It's now two out of two for England in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group F. They face Slovenia away on Tuesday night.