Flood­gates open late for Eng­land

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFYING -

Harry Kane scored twice as Eng­land earned a flat­ter­ing 4-0 vic­tory away to Malta on Fri­day to keep them firmly on course for next year’s World Cup fi­nals.

Un­til the 85th minute Kane’s soli­tary strike was all that di­vided the sides, but a late flurry gave the score­line a gloss that dis­guised a laboured and of­ten guile­less Eng­land per­for­mance.

Ryan Ber­trand made it 2-0 in the 85th minute be­fore stop­page-time goals from Danny Wel­beck and Kane pun­ished a tir­ing Malta.

In the same group, Scot­land kept their qual­i­fi­ca­tion hopes alive with a con­vinc­ing 3-0 win over Lithua­nia in Vil­nius. Celtic mid­fielder Stu­art Arm­strong headed in his first se­nior in­ter­na­tional goal af­ter 25 min­utes and new Liver­pool sign­ing Andy Robert­son curled in a glo­ri­ous sec­ond five min­utes later.

Mid­fielder James McArthur made it 3-0 from close range in the 72nd minute.

Hold­ers Ger­many took a sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tion with a hard-fought 2-1 win in the Czech Repub­lic.

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