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British Tabloids Are Slamming England’s Performance In Malta

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British tabloids have been mercilessly slamming the English team for their performance against Malta on Friday evening. Despite leaving the pitch in Ta’ Qali with a 4-0 victory after maintaining possession for 73% of the World Cup Qualifier, English fans were reportedly audibly disappointed throughout the entirety of the match, and Maltese fans – fairly hopeful. 

Malta fought long and hard, keeping the ball from their net for an impressive 53 minutes. To say that Malta’s resilience has infuriated English football critics would be a gross understatement. Much like the English fans, sports critics are simply fuming.

British tabloids like The Mirror, for instance, said the following:

“England were slow, static and predictable at times. Malta held out for 53 minutes until Kane opened the scoring and effectively won the game.

But it was only when Malta – with players from Ebbsfleet and Luton in their squad – tired and ran out of legs that England really hammered home their extra class.”

And: “We’re f***ing s**t” shouted the England fans. And it was hard to disagree…It can be painful to watch England at times. Even when they win.”

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England v Malta in Ta ‘Qali

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English Fans Malta The Mirror

Glum looking English fans in Ta ‘Qali
Credit: The Mirror

ESPN FC pundit, Dan Thomas also commented fairly negatively during his post-match recap, agreeing with most other assessments: ” Four-Nil on paper, looks like a good result… but it wasn’t that good though when it comes to performance though, was it?”

While England still get their three qualifying points, and Malta remains without any – there is certainly something to be said about Malta’s spirit.

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