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England vs Malta match preview
England have already qualified for next summer’s European Championships, but there’s still plenty to play for in these final two qualification fixtures.
Last time out, the Three Lions came from a goal down to beat Italy 3-1 at home, a victory that rubber stamped top spot in Group C.
Harry Kane converted a penalty and Marcus Rashford cut inside to fire home, before Kane scored a magnificent solo-effort as they exacted some revenge on the Italians.
Gareth Southgate’s team remain unbeaten in this group, winning five of six matches, their only dropped points coming in a draw with second-placed Ukraine in Wrocław.
However, every point counts, because this’ll determine England’s seeding in the final tournament draw on 2 December, needing to win both here, and in Skopje on Monday, to guarantee a place in pot 1.
Well, the first half of that equation certainly seems likely, given that Malta are rock bottom of this group, yet to pick up a point.
Michele Marcolini’s team saw their losing streak continue in October, smashed 4-0 by Italy at Stadio San Nicola, before being beaten 3-1 when Ukraine visited Grawnd Nazzjonali, despite taking an early lead.
Overall, the Reds are winless in 24 qualifiers away from home, dating back to a victory in Armenia in June 2013, only mustering draws with Bulgaria, Slovakia and Cyprus during this decade-long period.
England have won all six meetings with Malta to date, scoring 18 times and conceding just one, including a 4-0 victory in Ta’ Qali over the summer.
Trent Alexander-Arnold with a rocket, before Kane and Callum Wilson both converted penalties that night.
An even more emphatic margin of victory is expected by all in attendance at Wembley.
England team news
John Stones, Levi Colwill, Lewis Dunk, Luke Shaw, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Jude Bellingham, James Maddison and Callum Wilson are all out injured, while Raheem Sterling has not been called up.
Ezri Konsa, Rico Lewis and Cole Palmer are all in the squad for the first time, hoping to make their debuts.
Three of Harry Kane’s 61 England goals have come against Malta, only netting more frequently against San Marino, Albania, Bulgaria, Germany and Montenegro.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was deployed in midfield in Ta’ Qali, scoring an absolute wonder goal, so could we see that utilised again here?
In defence, Marc Guéhi is likely to partner Harry Maguire, while Bukayo Saka will be back in the XI, having sat out the October wins.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Guéhi, Trippier; Rice, Alexander-Arnold; Saka, Foden, Rashford; Kane.
Malta team news
Jodi Jones featured for Notts County at Wembley in last season’s National League play-off final, so the English-born striker will be desperate to feature at the national stadium again.
Midfielder Teddy Teuma is this team’s star, he’s with Stade Reims in Ligue 1, while centre-back Steve Borg is set to win his 77th cap, still along-way short the national record of 143.
Predicted XI (5-3-2): Bonello; Mbong, Apap, Muscaṭ, Pepe, Camenzuli; Guillaumier, Yankam, Kristensen; Mbong, Montebello.