Harry Kane calls on fans to be patient with England players

With August ending and September starting, so did Kane's touch in front of the goal; the Tottenham striker finally finding the net after his much-publicised struggles last month.

"From our point of view, we have to focus on sticking to the plan and staying calm".

Southgate was pleased to see his players remain calm against stubborn opposition, an approach that paid off when they scored three goals past a exhausted Malta side in the closing stages.

"Whenever you come away for games like this, it is never going to be easy", said Kane, who now has 10 goals in 20 worldwide appearances.

This was still, however, a largely colourless display until Malta, one of the minnows of the game with a world ranking of 190 and with a record of six defeats from six Group F games, exhausted and conceded those three late goals.

The Three Lions' last two Group F fixtures are Slovenia at Wembley on October 5 and away to Lithuania on October 8 - a pair of games likely to yield six points - so this is a must-win game should the visitors hope to top the group.

"We were taking risks when we might not have needed to at times but you've got to do that to break them down".

"Obviously they can be frustrated, we were frustrated in the first half".

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"That said, Harry throughout the game is always a threat and he will score goals for us".

After breaking a 12-game drought in style with a brace on Friday, England and Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane chose to see the amusing side of his "August curse" with a light-hearted tweet. In addition I think, sorry, I know he is one of the best centre-forwards in the world right now.

Gareth Southgate's side won 4-0 away to Malta on Friday to remain top of their qualifying group. It took a while to get the goals but we dominated the game.

"I don't like making a decision like that at half-time because, having played, you know how that feels, but I have got to make the right decision for the team".

"But I bank on the players' pride to try and give everything they have as that is our only tool of trying to upset our opponents".

There's plenty riding on this fixture and it would be a surprise were either team to go for the jugular from the off. Maybe the dynamic is a bit different when you go to some venues but so be it.

But what did we learn from England's convincing win which has all but booked their place among the world's best at next summer's tournament in Russian Federation?

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