Sep 2, 2017
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“England lack creativity in midfield” – Three things learnt from Malta 0-4 England

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Watching England has not always been the most enjoyable hobby over recent years, and against Malta, a side made up of amateurs and non-league footballers, they extended that run.

With a pitch invasion arguably the highlight of the game, it took until the 53rd minute for Harry Kane to break the deadlock after complete domination.

It took until the 86th minute to add a second when Ryan Bertrand added his first for his country, whilst Danny Welbeck scored on his return to the national side and Harry Kane added a second in injury time.

Here are three things that The Boot Room learnt from the game…

England lack creativity in midfield

0-0 at half time against Malta is always going to be a disappointing result for England. In truth, if the score had remained at 1-0 as it did until the 86th minute, that would have been pretty embarrassing too.

Jake Livermore and Jordan Henderson lacked the creativity in vision in midfield to create chances, whilst Dele Alli was far from his creative best. Raheem Sterling still lacks end product and whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may possess power and drive, it rarely converts into chances.

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Harry Kane loves September

Having failed to score in August again, extending his career drought in the first month of the season, he broke his duct with his first goal of the season just after the break and added another in injury time.

Seemingly growing in confidence as the game went on, Kane will now be looking to continue that form at Wembley on Monday night and then for Tottenham, who have been desperately lacking his goals.

There is no obvious replacement for Wayne Rooney as captain

Jordan Henderson became the latest player to wear the captain’s armband for Gareth Southgate. With no new captain announced, it seems that he is passing the role around amongst the squad to see who steps up to the late.

In the likes of Joe Hart, Harry Kane, Gary Cahill and Henderson, the team has plenty of leaders, but few of them have the experience of leadership skills of Rooney. Henderson is the one to have captained his club side the longest, but Liverpool fans have not always been convinced by that choice.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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