Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for all the latest score, team news and updates as England host Malta at Wembley Stadium in Euro 2024 qualifying.

17 Nov 202319:56, 8

GOAL – ENGLAND 1-0 MALTA

In rather strange circumstances, England have their first goal.

It’s Foden with the first, crossing thee ball back into the penalty area, before it gets deflected by Pepe into the goal.

The goalkeeper meanwhile could not parry the ball away from the neet.

It’s a tough one for Malta as they’ve started very well here.

17 Nov 202319:49, 1

Kick off!

Malta get us underway!

It’s a sell-out here at Wembley and there’s a great atmosphere inside the stadium!

Malta meanwhile have an early chance with Teuma getting himself into a good space inside the penalty area before firing a left-footed shot towards Pickford, but it goes wide of the upright!

17 Nov 202319:47

A reminder of tonight’s teams…

ENGLAND XI: Pickford, Trippier, Tomori, Guehi, Maguire, Alexander-Arnold, Gallagher, Henderson, Foden, Rashford, Kane.

MALTA XI: Bonello, Borg, Pepe, Borg, Mbong, Yankam, Guillaumier, Teuma, Camenzuli, Mbong, Reid

17 Nov 202319:46

A moment of applause for Sir Bobby Charlton

The players have gathered around the centre-circle for a moment of applause for Sir Bobby Charlton.

17 Nov 202319:45

Here come the national anthems

Ahead of tonight’s match, Gareth Southgate has insisted that games like tonight’s will be a great chance for his team to showcase their skills.

The England manager noted Alexander-Arnold in particular as one player who can showcase his skills from a more advanced position.

‘We have to win, we always want to play well. We have 80,000 fans here buying in to what we’re doing,’ he told Channel 4 Sport.

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold warming up before the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifying Group C match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday November 17, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping.

‘I think nights like this are definitely opportunities for people to see what they can do. This is a different test. It poses a difficult tactical issue playing against a low-block. We have players who can unlock the door like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Kane.

‘[Alexander-Arnold] loves the role he’s had with Liverpool for a number of years. There are no doubts he can do both. We’ve liked what he’s done in midfield for us. His passing range and vision is exceptional. He has another chance tonight.’

17 Nov 202319:42

Wembley pays tribute to the late Sir Bobby Charlton

Wembley has paid tribute to the late Sir Bobby Charlton, who sadly passed away at the age of 86 in October.

The lights were dimmed at Wembley as a homage to the England legend was played on the big screens.

Sir Bobby earned 106 caps for England helping the side lift the World Cup in 1966.

A match programme paying tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton on the pitch ahead of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifying Group C match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday November 17, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping.

the big screens.

17 Nov 202319:38

Gallagher and Alexander-Arnold set to line up in midfield

Gallagher is set to line up in midfield next to Alexander-Arnold as Southgate looks to have a closer look to how the pair perform in an advanced role at Wembley.

While we’ll have to see if the Liverpool wing-back will be deployed in an out-and-out midfield position, it seems likely that Southgate will urge him to play higher upfield.

Mail Sport’s Sami Mokbel has the full story below…

17 Nov 202319:35

‘I like being involved in the final third’ – Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher speaking to Channel 4: ‘I think I can play in a few positions in midfield. I’m happy to play deeper or more attacking. I like to be involved in the final third and score and create goals. I like this type of role.

‘The manager understands what I’m best at and he’s told me to do my stuff. I’ll just play my normal game.

‘You’ve got a point to prove and you’ve got to try and impress the manager. Hopefully it can be a good performance today.

Speaking on Cole Palmer, he added: ‘Anyone who has seen Chelsea play can see what he [Cole Palmer] brings to the squad. He’ll have no challenges settling in and I’m sure he’ll be brilliant.’

17 Nov 202319:26

The teams are warming up here!

Head-to-head: England have beaten Malta in all of their six previous meetings, with their first meeting coming in 1971.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Ezri Konsa of England warms up prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Cole Palmer of England enters the pitch prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Harry Maguire of England acknowledges the fans during the warm up prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
17 Nov 202319:23

No Raheem sterling – is he due a call-up?

Raheem Sterling has been in excellent form for Chelsea of late, but has once again missed out on an England call-up this week.

Many have spoken out at the decision to omit the winger with Jermain Defoe admitting his surprise at the decision to not bring him into the team.

‘I was really surprised,’ Defoe said to Channel 4 Sport. ‘If you look at how he’s played for england in the past few years he’s been one of our better players.

‘On current form he definitely deserves to be in that squad.’

Rio Ferdinand also echoed his claims earlier in the week, admitting his bewilderment at why Sterling has not been included in the most recent England squad.

Ferdinand said: ‘I don’t know what he’s done, whose nose he has put out of join. I don’t know what’s happened.

‘But for him to not be in the England squad is beyond me. Listen, there’s a lot of talent don’t get me wrong, but if we’re talking form then he’s got more goals and assists or goal involvements than Rashford and Grealish put together.

17 Nov 202319:12

Gareth Southgate’s loyalty ‘is a weakness’, says Chris Sutton

Mail Sports Chris Sutton has claimed Gareth Southgate’s loyalty to out-of-favour players is a ‘weakness’.

Speaking on the It’s All Kicking Off podcast, Sutton lauded Southgate and his achievements as the England boss, but added that his decision to continue picking players who are not performing for their club sides was a concern ahead of Euro 2024.

‘Gareth’s sticking with players who aren’t playing regular club football. I do think that’s an issue, I do think that’s a weakness,’ Sutton said.

READ MORE BELOW…

17 Nov 202319:03

Malta team to play England

Malta currently sit bottom of Group C having failed to win so far during their Euro Qualifying campaign.

Last time out against England, they were beaten 4-0, with Alexander-Arnold, Kane and Callum Wilson all getting on the scoresheet, with Ferdinando Apap also scoring an own goal.

MALTA XI: Bonello, Borg, Pepe, Borg, Mbong, Yankam, Guillaumier, Teuma, Camenzuli, Mbong, Reid

Subs: Attard, Shaw, Pisani, Jones, Grech, Magri, Overend, Al-Tumi, Nwoko, Muscat, Kristensen, Muscat, Apap

17 Nov 202318:59

Behind the scenes at Wembley…

England are unbeaten at Wembley so far during their Euro Qualifying campaign.

And the stage is set for tonight’s match as Southgate’s side look to improve their seeding for next summer’s tournament.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: A detailed view inside the England dressing room are seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: A match pennant is seen inside the England dressing room prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Harry Kane of England arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
17 Nov 202318:47

England’s team to play against Malta!

So no Palmer, Konsa or Lewis in the starting line up – but all feature on the bench.

ENGLAND XI: Pickford, Trippier, Tomori, Guehi, Maguire, Alexander-Arnold, Gallagher, Henderson, Foden, Rashford, Kane.

Subs: Johnstone, Ramsdale, Walker, Konsa, Lewis, Phillips, Rice, Palmer, Saka, Grealish, Watkins, Bowen.

17 Nov 202318:43

Team news coming up next!

It’s been an interesting week for Gareth Southgate, who has had to make seeveral changes to his 25-man international squad, following several injuries to key players.

The big news is Rico Lewis, Ezri Konsa and Cole Palmer were all drafted into the squad following injuries to several players including James Maddison, Lewis Dunk and Jude Bellingham.

Will all three feature tonight?

17 Nov 202318:40

How far have England come?

Gareth Southgate’s England tenure started following a low-key win against Malta back in October 2016.

The Three Lions cruised to a 2-0 win against Malta with Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli both scoring.

It came after the national side had disappointingly crashed out of the Euros just four months prior, but seven years on, the England boss has a lot to reflect on.

Today, Mail Sport has taken a look at how England have evolved since Southgate’s first game in charge, going from a team in crisis to a major contender for next summer’s European Championship.

17 Nov 202318:14

And the players are already in the house!

Gareth Southgate’s side have already arrived at Wembley and look in good spirits ahead of the match.

The Three Lions are already one of nine sides to have booked their place at Euro 2024, having gone unbeaten in the qualifiers, winning five and drawing one game to Ukraine.

Can they maintain their Unbeaten reecord tonight?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Gareth Southgate, Head Coach of England, arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Ezri Konsa and Jarrod Bowen of England arrive at the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Rico Lewis, Kyle Walker and Cole Palmer of England arrive at the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
17 Nov 202318:10

Good evening!

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of England’s penultimate Euro 2024 qualifying match against Malta!

Gareth Southgate’s side currently sit top of Group C having gone winless so far in the qualifying stages of the tournament.

They will play North Macedonia on Monday, but have already booked their place in the tournament next year.

Amid several injuries to key players, we could be set to see some stars, including Cole Palmer receive their debuts tonight.

Kick off is scheduled for 19:45 tonight, but stay with us as we’ll have all the latest news, updates and commentary ahead of tonight’s game!

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