England Begin Double Header Against Malta In Attard
England return to action in Group F of their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign away to Malta on September 1, where Gareth Southgate will be hoping his side can claim another three points towards securing a place in Russia next summer.
The bookmakers make England 1/40 in the sports betting for the game where they will be aiming to do the double over Malta, who they beat 2-0 at Wembley last summer when goals from Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli in the first-half of the tie helped them secure the victory.
Southgate has confirmed West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart will start in goal for England despite competition for the number one jersey from Jack Butland and Tom Heaton. The Three Lions boss has not yet revealed, though, who will be captain for the game following Wayne Rooney’s retirement from international football last week. Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson are the two players which are most likely to pick up the armband on a permanent basis.
England are back in action after the Malta game on September 4 when they host Slovakia at Wembley in their second game of the latest international spell. That could be a crucial game for Southgate’s men as they are currently two points clear of Slovakia who are second in the current standings on 14 points.
The Three Lions played Slovakia in their opening game of this group last year when Sam Allardyce was in charge of the national team. They left it late to seal the 1-0 win as Adam Lallana broke the deadlock in the fifth minute of injury time in Trnava.
Harry Maguire and Nathaniel Chalobah have both been called up to the senior squad for the games against Malta and Slovakia and will be hoping to get their first chances to shine on the international stage.