England return to action in Group F of their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign on September 1 when they travel to Malta and will be expected to come back with maximum points to keep up their unbeaten record. The last time the teams met was at Wembley last September where England were 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli. That game was Gareth Southgate’s opening tie as interim manager following the sacking of Sam Allardyce. Leicester defender Harry Maguire and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah have been called into the England squad for the trip to Malta, where both players will be bidding for their first cap if they make the pitch against either Malta or Slovakia just a few days later. England are 1/20 to win the game at the Nation Stadium in Ta Qali. They have a two point lead going into the latest round of fixtures and wins over Malta and Slovakia will help them take a huge leap towards the World Cup in Russia next year. Ireland Face Test in Georgia Before Crucial Serbia Tie The Republic of Ireland have been dealt a blow ahead of their two World Cup qualifying games in Group D as James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick are both unavailable with injuries. Martin O’Neill’s men are in action on September 2 away to Georgia who are fifth in the standings on just three points. On September 5, Ireland will host Serbia in a high-stakes meeting between the top two in the table. The last time the teams met they saw out a 2-2 draw in Belgrade. A victory for Ireland this time could see them leapfrog Serbia following the latest round of fixtures. Ireland can be backed at 4/5 to beat Georgia where Shane Long and Daryle Murphy are expected to lead the line for the visitors at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.