England dominated the match against Malta but could only score twice in interim manager Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge.
Southgate gave a debut to Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, while deploying captain Wayne Rooney in a midfield role.
Who impressed? Who struggled?
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Joe Hart (goalkeeper) 6
Barely had anything to do apart from one late save from Andre Agius.
Kyle Walker (right-back) 5
Nothing to do defensively and wasted too many good crossing positions.
Gary Cahill (centre-back) 6
Almost a night off. Missed a first-half chance.
John Stones (centre-back) 7
Hardly tested but immaculate when required.
Ryan Bertrand (left-back) 5
Only lasted 18 minutes after suffering a hamstring injury.
Jordan Henderson (midfielder) 8
Been critical of him in the past but easily England’s best here. Busy and created opportunities.
Dele Alli (midfielder) 7
Industrious. Scored one goal, could have had others and missed badly near the end.
Wayne Rooney (midfielder) 5
Sat deep and sprayed passes around as well as having a couple of shots but not the driving force of old. Lucky to escape heavier sanction for a bad first-half challenge.
Theo Walcott (forward) 6
Worked hard with little end result. Missed a good second-half chance.
Jesse Lingard (forward) 7
Had a first-half header saved by Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg and almost set up a goal for Walcott in the second half. Decent debut.
Daniel Sturridge (forward) 7
Scored his first England goal for two years at Wembley and could have had others – a reminder of his class and threat.
Danny Rose (on for Bertrand, 18 minutes) 6
Decent performance as a substitute. Did his prospects no harm.
Marcus Rashford (on for Walcott, 67 minutes) 6
Clearly a big favourite with England’s fans. Lively and Alli should have scored from his perfect cross.
Jamie Vardy (on for Sturridge, 73 minutes) 5
Quiet – little impact.
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