England ride Sturridge, Alli goals to victory in first post-Big Sam WCQ

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England’s post-Sam Allardyce era got underway on Saturday with a 2-0 home victory over Malta in 2018 World Cup qualifying. Just like Big Sam, Gareth Southgate‘s record as England boss is a perfect 1-for-1. It’s the perfect time to get out while you still can, Gareth.

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Daniel Sturridge fired the Three Lions into the lead in the 29th minute, when he so deftly guided a cross, sent it by his Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson, into the bottom-right corner with a perfectly placed header from 14 yards out.

Dele Alli completed the evening’s scoring by poking home the rebound from his own shot, saved a split-second earlier. Henderson made the overlapping run beyond Sturridge before crossing to Alli at the top of the 18-yard box. Alli’s first-time, swept effort was saved, but the rebound came right back to him.

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Allardyce and Southgate have thus far steered England to a perfect start in World Cup qualifying, in which they currently sit top of Group F after Saturday’s triumph at Wembley Stadium. Up next is a trip to Ljubljana, where they’ll face Slovenia on Tuesday.