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Kane gets off mark with brace.


Malta 0 England 4 World Cup Group F THREE goals in the last six minutes disguised an uninspired England performance as they beat Malta to stay firmly on course to qualify for next year's World Cup finals.

Harry Kane's 53rd-minute goal was all that separated England's Premier League stars from Malta's humble part-timers until a late flurry added gloss on the scoreline.

Ryan Bertrand's powerful shot doubled England's lead before Danny Welbeck and Kane with his second punished the flagging islanders in stoppage time at the Ta' Qali National Stadium.

England stayed top of qualifying Group F with 17 points from seven games, two more than secondplaced Slovakia who beat Slovenia and who travel to play England on Monday.

England were booed off by a large travelling army of fans at half-time having shown a complete lack of guile in trying to break down a well-disciplined Malta side who began the game bottom of the table with no points.

Kane, without a goal for his club so far this season, finally eased England's angst when he was picked out by Tottenham Hotspur team mate Dele Alli before shooting home.

England's second came minutes from time when Bertrand's shot bounced in front of Malta keeper Andrew Hogg and into the net.

Substitute Welbeck then poked in a third before Kane tapped in England's fourth with Malta's players expecting the ball to be kicked out to treat an injured player.


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EXML
Date:Sep 2, 2017
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