De­spite de­feat, Pi­etro Ghedin sat­is­fied with very happy with his team’s per­for­mance

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Na­tional coach Pi­etro Ghedin said af­ter yes­ter­day’s match that de­spite the match ended in de­feat, he was very sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of the play­ers who played their hearts out.

“A de­feat is al­ways a de­feat, but my boys were great, es­pe­cially goalie Hogg. I am also very happy to have seen my play­ers phys­i­cally fit against such a strong team as Eng­land. I just hope that we will be able to re­cover well in time for Tues­day’s match in Vil­nius against Lithua­nia.

“We know that some play­ers re­ceived knocks, so we have to wait to con­firm the con­di­tion of th­ese play­ers.

“I also thank the thou­sands of fans who were at Wem­b­ley giv­ing us their sup­port. It was sim­ply great,” he said.

His as­sis­tant Ray ‘Zazu’ Far­ru­gia also show­ered praise on goalie Hogg say­ing that it was he who in­spired the per­for­mance of his team-mates.

He added: “We came out of Wem­b­ley with our heads held high even if it had to be a good de­fen­sive per­for­mance.”

Eng­land ad in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate said they had ex­pected Malta to de­fend stub­bornly. “We knew it would not be that easy. We were aware of the good re­sults ob­tained by Malta against such top teams as Italy and Croa­tia. Malta are a dif­fi­cult team to break down and it is al­ways dif­fi­cult to find space when op­po­nents adopt 5-4-1 sys­tems. But I am happy with the three points won,” he added.

South­gate said they now have to con­cen­trate on next Tues­day’s away match against Slove­nia.

Wayne Rooney win­ning a tackle with An­dre Schem­bri Photo: AP

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