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We've met before - Malta
WE’VE MET BEFORE: ENGLAND V MALTA
This is the first meeting between England and Malta for 16 years and only the fourth in their histories.
In the previous three – two European Championship qualifiers and one friendly, England have won all three, scoring eight goals and conceding just one.
The teams first met in February 1971 when Alf Ramsey’s men won 1-0 in Gzira, Malta, with Martin Peters scoring the only goal, in the 34th minute – the 17th of his 20 for England.
In the return, at Wembley, three months later Martin Chivers struck twice as England won 5-0. Chivers scored after half an hour, before Francis Lee added a second ahead of the interval.
An Allan Clarke penalty and another Chivers goal two minutes into the second period put England in control before Chris Lawler completed the rout.
England won their group but the format dictated a home and away quarter-final before reaching the finals – and England lost over two legs to West Germany.
The other meeting, in June 2000, saw England win 2-1 in a friendly in Ta’ Qali. Martin Keown scored the second of only two international goals before England keeper Richard Wright conceded an own goal.
But in the 75th minute Emile Heskey netted the winner with the first of his seven goals for England.
Year Venue Competition Score
1971 Gzria ECQ Malta 0 England 1
1971 Wembley ECQ England 5 Malta 0
2000 Ta’ Qali Friendly Malta 1 England 2
Played England Malta Draws
EC 2 2 0 0
Friendlies 1 1 0 0
Total 3 3 0 0