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Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane battle for the ball during a possession drill

England took a step closer to their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after a 4-0 victory over group minnows Malta on Friday evening.

With five minutes to play Bertrand sealed the win for England with his first worldwide goal, as his effort from 25 yards bounced under Hogg. Find out by following our live matchcast.

Moments after failing to connect from five yards out, Welbeck, on as a second-half sub, made sure he was on the end of the next one, beating the onrushing goalkeeper to Kane's smart cross to clip over into an empty net.

Jordan Henderson, captain for the night following Rooney's retirement, found Raheem Sterling inside the first minute but the Manchester City winger was blocked by Malta goalkeeper Matthew Hogg.

The Three Lions have been impressive in this qualification campaign as they still are yet to be beaten.

Writing in his column on the official Sky Sports website, Nicholas is confident that Alli will notch up another goal against Malta this time around along with his Spurs teammate Kane.

England are now top of Group F by just two points with four matches to go, but will be fully expecting to take all three points here.

Andre Schembri gave England a scare shortly after the break, only for Kane - who had endured another barren August - to quickly retaliate by slotting home after patient play by Dele Alli.

"After discussions between England and Everton medics, it was decided it was in the player's best interests to return to Finch Farm (Everton's training ground) for further treatment".

England's Harry Kane has a header at goal saved by Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg. They were beaten by a respectable scoreline in the reverse fixture, going down 2-0 at Wembley, and it's unlikely they'll fare any better on Friday.

Malta are ranked joint 190th in the world behind American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Brunei and Bangladesh, yet it took Kane's second-half strike and a late flurry of goals from Ryan Bertrand, Danny Welbeck and the Tottenham striker to eventually secure a flattering 4-0 win. Substitute Welbeck made it three in added on time, on his return to worldwide football, as he beat Hogg to Kane's cross.