Before halftime, Gareth Southgate’s team raced into a three-goal advantage, allowing them to let off on the gas and finish the scoring late in the day from the penalty spot.
With eight minutes remaining, the visitors took the lead. Starting as a midfielder, Trent Alexander-Arnold recognized Bukayo Saka’s movement, and the Arsenal winger’s cross for Harry Kane was deflected into his own goal by Ferdinando Apap.
England scored their second goal well before the half-hour mark. With a drop of the shoulder, James Maddison evaded the pursuing Malta midfielders, but his ball to Harry Kane was intercepted. Alexander-Arnold received the ball well, positioned himself up, and curled the ball from just over 20 yards into the top corner.
After the ensuing kickoff, England won a penalty very quickly. Goalkeeper Henry Bonello dropped Declan Rice’s long-range shot, and Kane was fouled by Matthew Guillaumier as he raced to the loose ball. In doing so, the captain made history by becoming the first Three Lions player to reach 50 goals in competitive play.
In the penultimate play before the halftime horn, Saka’s low drive forced Bonello into a stretching save.
Ebere Eze, the 18th Crystal Palace player to appear for England, was brought on by Southgate with his team leading and made his Three Lions debut.
With just under ten minutes left, Callum Wilson’s cross was blocked by the hand of Borg, and after a VAR review, England was given a second penalty. From a distance of 12 yards, the Newcastle striker sent Bonello the wrong way.
The following attempt by the visitors came dangerously close to a fifth goal. When Bonello mishandled Marcus Rashford’s low cross and Foden and Eze’s ensuing attempts were blocked, England was left with just four goals.