However, from that point on till the second minute of time added on and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's scuffed shot the Malta goalkeeper didn't have another save to make.
Southgate admitted it was a tough decision to take off Raheem Sterling after the winger's terrible first half. Raheem Sterling started there, Danny Welbeck was given the last 15 minutes out there (probably his best position) while Jesse Lingard and Jamie Vardy provide further options. And in a frustrating first half of few chances for the visitors, Phil Jones thought he had beaten Hogg but his header was ruled out for a foul inside the area.
England travelled to Attard to take on their lowly opponents, with three more points guaranteed to edge them closer to World Cup qualification. England, in contrast, left the field to a mixture of groans and boos.
Trump has pledged $1 million to Harvey relief, White House says
Sanders said the President wanted reporters to help him decide which organization would maximize the impact of his funding. The announcement comes as Trump is planning a return visit Saturday to Texas, which was hardest hit by the deadly storm.
Marcus Rashford was introduced at half-time to replace Sterling whose early miss set the tone for his frustrating evening.
However, England - who next face nearest rivals Slovakia on Tuesday morning AEST - were frustrated by their hosts in the first half at the Ta' Qali National Stadium before Kane finally put them ahead in the 53rd minute.
Harry Kane scored his first goals of the season after another barren August to help England on their way to maintaining their two-point advantage at the top of Group F. Ryan Bertrand scored his first senior global goal with an 85th-minute long shot that Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg made a mess of.
With viewers clearly more interested in social media than the slow paced game the tweet quickly went viral and easily surpassed the 400 retweet and favorite threshold.
Hundreds of Russians told to move away from North Korean border
Last week, Japan and the U.S. imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals that support Pyongyang, including those in China and Russian Federation .
None of the matches won by Malta.
- The Three Lions earned their first away victory since Gareth Southgate took charge, having failed to win any of their previous four under him (D2 L2).
But England boss Gareth Southgate mentioned 34-year-old Defoe with regard to experienced members who could help nurture some of the youngsters in Rooney's absence.
Long range efforts from Kane and Rashford were all the visitors could muster as a relentlessly tiresome contest dragged until England came to life late on.
Chelsea complete Davide Zappacosta deal
Zappacosta joins Alonso and Antonio Rudiger as defenders to have traded Serie A for Stamford Bridge in recent times. They said " Torino have surrendered to Chelsea " and allowed Davide Zappacosta to leave the club and join them.