Bertrand scores in England win

By SFC Media Fri 01 Sep International
Photo by Reuters | Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand netted a sensational goal for England, as they beat Malta 4-0 to continue their progress towards the 2018 World Cup finals.

The Saints left-back struck a fantastic effort from 25 yards out in the 86th minute, in Ta’Qali, to put Gareth Southgate’s men 2-0 ahead in their qualifying clash.

Danny Welbeck and Harry Kane, who had scored earlier in the half to break the deadlock, then finished things off with another two strikes late on.

Bertrand’s first goal for his country helped the Three Lions maintain their position at the top of Group F, ahead of Monday’s home game with Slovakia, who sit two points behind them, after they edged out Slovenia.

A win at Wembley would put England firmly on course to seal a place in next summer’s tournament, in Russia, ahead of their final qualifying games next month, at home to Slovenia and away to Lithuania.

Elsewhere, Jan Bednarek – who is on his first senior call-up with Poland – did not feature in their squad for the 4-0 defeat away to Denmark, but will hope to feature for the Group D leaders when they host Kazakhstan, in their next qualifier, on Monday.

Teenage left-back Jake Vokins, meanwhile, was an unused substitute as England Under-18s drew 0-0 with their Brazil counterparts, at Shrewsbury, before winning 5-4 on a penalty shootout in the friendly match.