Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge found the net for England on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old joined Aston Villa for £15 million in the summer.
Gareth Southgate had instructed his first lineup as senior manager to be brave and play with style, with neither aspiration particularly easy to achieve against massed ranks of Maltese defence.
Enter, the temp-to-perm caretaker.
Gareth Southgate offered a public defence of Wayne Rooney, praising his input over this international window and stressing the booing that his captain was subjected to from sections of the crowd at Wembley was unhelpful.
This is ominously familiar for Scotland. The failure to defeat Lithuania at home conjured memories of disastrous qualifying campaigns from the recent past. More alarming than the result itself, perhaps, was the later assessment of Gordon Strachan.
Shaka Hislop admits he is impressed by the Arsenal defender so far in his burgeoning career.
Tottenham Hotspur spent some £17 million on the Dutchman in the summer, but one man isn't convinced by him just yet.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder found the net in the second successive game for club and country in the 2-0 win over Malta.
The 22-year-old is at Leeds United on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon.
On 10 August 2001, Derby County welcomed the likes of Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars to the Midlands for a pre-season friendly with Barcelona.
Tottenham should have at least one hugely capable replacement in Kevin Wimmer.
Should he leave Tottenham Hotspur? A former Premier League player believes so.