England has secured their place in Euro 2024 and, despite several key player withdrawals, aims to continue their dominant run as they face Malta in the penultimate Group C fixture at Wembley. The previous six encounters between these teams have all been claimed by England, with the last two victories featuring a 4-0 scoreline.
Gareth Southgate’s squad, already guaranteed to finish first in the group, anticipates a 14th consecutive home win in European Championship qualifiers. Despite injuries to players like John Stones and Reece James, Southgate can still rely on a formidable lineup, including in-form attackers like Harry Kane, Ollie Watkins, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, and Jarrod Bowen.
Malta, having lost all seven of their Group C fixtures, remains a challenging opponent. Their recent defeats include a 4-0 loss at home to England in June. Although boosted by the return of Teddy Teuma and Jodi Jones, the Mediterranean minnows face an uphill battle, particularly with influential players like Jude Bellingham and John Stones absent from England’s lineup.
The statistical landscape favors England, having won all five competitive matches against Malta without conceding a goal. The Three Lions boast an impressive record of 16 unbeaten home European Championship qualifiers, winning 14 of them.
While Malta aims for damage limitation with goalkeeper Henry Bonello expecting a busy evening, England’s pursuit of another 4-0 victory at Wembley seems likely. Despite qualification being secure, Southgate’s side is determined to make an impression in their November fixtures.