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Summary

  1. Harry Kane scores first goals of the season
  2. Ryan Bertrand and Danny Welbeck also net for England
  3. Gareth Southgate's side retain two-point lead in Group F
  4. Josh Magennis scores twice for Northern Ireland
  5. Steven Davis scores their third from the penalty spot
  6. Northern Ireland remain second in Group C

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Three wins, and 10 goals scored. All in all a good night for the Home Nations.

That's it from us, keep an eye on the website for all the reaction.

Wales are in action tomorrow night, join us again then. Cheerio.

What next?

England host Slovakia at Wembley on Monday, 4 September while Scotland host Malta on the same night.

Northern Ireland, meanwhile, are at home to Czech Republic, also on the Monday night.

P63, W0, D2, L61 - San Marino's World Cup qualifying record

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland have won all four of their previous meetings with San Marino, scoring 14 unanswered goals in total.

San Marino are yet to win a World Cup qualifying game (D2 L61).

No player has been involved in more Northern Ireland goals than Steven Davis in 2018 World Cup qualifying (five – two goals, three assists).

'We have done the job'

Malta 0-4 England

England striker Harry Kane, who scored twice, speaking to ITV: "Whenever you come away for games like this it is never going to be easy. We were trying to break them down, they had 10 men behind the ball. We knew if we just kept moving it wide we would find the space.

"The manager makes his choices, he puts the team out he thinks we will win the game and we won 4-0 so we have done the right job tonight."

Harry Kane
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Dennis Ethan: Easy peasy for England. What were people moaning about?

Ben Dunbar: Have to feel for Malta, no way they deserved to lose that 4-0, bit of flat-track bullying from England towards the end

Graham Parker: Cracks papered over, fine victory over mighty Malta, good old Gareth. We won't get out of the group again in the finals.

'What Steven Davis says, goes'

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

NI's two-goal scorer Josh Magennis to Sky Sports: "It was tricky actually. It was always good to score and win."

"Of course I asked for the penalty. What Steven Davis says, goes. It would have been nice to get my first senior hat-trick but I can't argue," he said with a smile on his face.

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Magennis wanted penalty - Davis

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis to Sky Sports: "Patience was key. We couldn't find a breakthrough in the first half, but it was important to keep doing the right things. Don't start getting frustrated and going long too early.

"The pitch was difficult at times. They defended for their lives and the keeper made some good saves, it was comfortable in the end."

The midfielder revealed that Josh Magennis - who had scored twice - wanted to take the penalty for his hat-trick.

Davis, who scored the kick, said: "He was desperate for the penalty with the hat-trick. I politely told him to go away."

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This is how things look in Group F. England stay top, two points ahead of Slovakia, who beat Slovenia 1-0.

Scotland are up to third after beating Lithuania 3-0.

'Room to improve'

Malta 0-4 England

England captain Jordan Henderson, speaking to ITV: "We didn't have that many clear cut chances, we knew at half-time we had to keep going and we would break them down eventually. Dele Alli kept his composure to give it to Harry and when he is one-on-one he scores.

"There are positives to come out of it but plenty of room to improve it as well."

The lay of the land in Group C

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As you can see Northern Ireland are in great shape in Group C. A draw (or a win) against the Czechs on Monday would guarantee them second spot.

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

It is all over in Lithuania. Scotland run out comfortable 3-0 winners, but their joy is somewhat dampened by a late goal for Slovakia to give them victory over Slovenia.

Reaction to the Scotland game is here.

Scotland
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Huge results for Northern Ireland elsewhere confirm that they will guarantee second place (at least) if they beat the Czech Republic at Windsor Park on Monday. Actually a draw and they've done it.

Eight of the nine teams to finish second in their groups reach the play-offs. The worst of the runners-up crash out - at the moment NI would be fine.

FULL-TIME

Malta 0-4 England

All over and England and get the win to stay top of Group F.

Three goals in the final six minutes added a bit of polish to the scoreline, but it definitely was not a game that will live long in the memory.

GOAL - Malta 0-4 England

Harry Kane (90+3 mins)

Well then!

Where's this come from? Marcus Rashford spots a great run by Harry Kane and picks out the Tottenham striker, who smashes in from close range.

Malta players appear unhappy. It looks like Rashford was being urged to put the ball out of play before for an injured player before crossing

Harry Kane
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FULL-TIME

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

It's all over. The breakthrough took a lot longer than we expected, but in the end it was comfortable. Sort of.

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

Chris Brunt fires an effort well over. The ref puts the whistle to his mouth but then changes his mind.

GOAL - Malta 0-3 England

Danny Welbeck (90 mins)

The scoreline looks much better for England now as Danny Welbeck marks his international return with a goal.

Harry Kane plays in a peach of a cross from the right and Welbeck flicks it over the advancing keeper and into the net.

Danny Welbeck
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INJURY TIME

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

We're into three minutes of added time. Blow the whistle ref.

Elsewhere in Europe

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

Mats Hummels has just put Germany 2-1 up in the Czech Republic with two minutes left. And Norway now lead Azerbaijan 2-0.

What those results mean (if they stay the same) is that a win over the Czechs on Monday would guarantee Northern Ireland a top-two place in the group.

Germany
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Malta 0-2 England

Considering that was Ryan Bertrand's first goal for England, he barely celebrated.

Too bored to celebrate with gusto?

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

A corner is played back to the edge of the box for Oliver Norwood to hit first time. But Paul Scholes, he is not - and it's wide.

GOAL - Malta 0-2 England

Ryan Bertrand (85 mins)

Job done.

Ryan Bertrand makes sure of the win as he spots the keeper out of position and tucks an effort from outside the box into the far corner.

That's the Southampton man's first goal for England.

Ryan Bertrand
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San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

This will be Northern Ireland's fourth win in a row, setting a new national record.

SUBSTITUTION

Malta 0-1 England

Change for Malta with six minutes remaining as Ryan Fenech is replaced by Paul Fenech. No relation, apparently.

Elsewhere in Europe...

Slovakia 1-0 Slovenia

Slovakia, who started the day two points behind England in Group F, take lead against Slovenia. Adam Nemec with the goal.

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Thomashollern: English players look good at club level surrounded by non-English players but put them in the England team and they look ok-ish.

Kevin Baker: If I was this bad at my day job, I would've been sacked by now. #awful

Ian Shepherd: The pitch invader is still the most exciting moment in this match....

Malta 0-1 England

England continue to plug away as Harry Kane just fails to reach a flick on by Jamie Vardy.

It's not been pretty but a win's a win if England can avoid an equaliser. Especially because there's been a goal elsewhere in the group...

San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

Corry Evans latches onto a ball over the top and his shot is well saved. Six minutes to go.

Malta 0-1 England

Gary Flintoff

BBC Radio 5 live in Malta

It is coming to the end of the fiesta season here in Malta. There are fireworks going off in the distance around the stadium. Sadly, there are no fireworks inside the stadium. It is very flat now.

Malta 0-1 England

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain in Malta for 5 live

It's getting worse. The first half was quite good in terms of tempo, passing and touch but in the second half it's not quite a disease spreading through the team but it's sloppy as anything.

Elsewhere in Europe...

Well now. The Czech Republic are level against Germany, Vladimir Darida making it 1-1. Northern Ireland are three points behind the Germans as things stand.

Malta 0-1 England

Some silky skills by Marcus Rashford sets up a chance for the Manchester United striker on the edge of the area but he has the ball poked away from him just as he attempts the volley.

SUBSTITUTION

Malta 0-1 England

Final change for England as Danny Welbeck makes his first England appearance for 18 months, replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the final 15 minutes.

Malta have also made a change with Joseph Zerafa, injured in a challenge by Kyle Walker, replaced by Ryan Camilleri.

GOAL - San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland

Steven Davis (78 mins)

Josh Magennis is not given the chance for his hat-trick as captain Steven Davis steps up to take the penalty. He sends the keeper the wrong way.

Steven Davis
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SUBSTITUTION

San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland

Double change before the penalty is taken, Niall McGinn and Corry Evans come on. Stuart Dallas and Conor Washington come off.

PENALTY TO NORTHERN IRELAND

San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland

It's all going wrong for the hosts now. Alex Gasperoni is harshly judged to have handled the ball. Penalty. Giovanni Bonini is booked for his complaints.

CLOSE!

Malta 0-1 England

Jamie Vardy sticks one into the sidenetting as the Leicester striker gets half-a-sight on goal soon after coming on.

Scotland add a third

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland

Scotland are doing what they need to do to keep their World Cup dream alive as James McArthur gets a third for his side.

Follow the rest of that game here.

James McArthur
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GOAL - San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland

Josh Magennis (75 mins)

Game over. San Marino's resistance has been broken now. Steven Davis finds Conor Washington, whose cross is headed into an empty net by Josh Magennis, who gets his second goal of the night.

Malta 0-1 England

Ironic cheers from the fans as pitch invader races on. He gets more cheers as he out runs a few security guards.

Some might say that's been the most entertaining moment of the game.