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England fan's tweet goes viral before pitch invasion vs Malta

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For anyone still at all interested in football after watching England, the 4-0 scoreline against Malta didn't tell the whole story.

A Harry Kane brace and goals from Ryan Bertrand and Danny Welbeck sealed another win in the World Cup qualifying stages, but that didn't entirely mask what was an underwhelming performance.

Gareth Southgate's men kept up the pressure on the minnows for long periods; they eventually caved in the 53rd minute when Dele Alli found Kane in space and there was only going to be one winner after that.

For the Tottenham striker, he was clearly enjoying the end of his August curse as he got himself on the scoresheet, and Bertrand will have made a case for himself with his long-range strike.

This was one of those games where the Three Lions were never going to be lauded. A comfortable win was expected and the first half display was fairly drab.

Fear not, however, as the game wasn't entirely without talking points.

One England fan took matters into his own hands to spice up the evening. Probably half-joking, supporter Jake Peachey tweeted from the stands:

"400 retweets and I'll pitch invade the Malta v England game."

At the time of writing, his tweet had gathered 2.6k retweets and 1.2k likes, presumably from other people who were better off looking at their phones than the game itself.

With that kind of audience, he wasn't going to go back on his word and proceeded to live-tweet the build-up to his big moment.

Cue his entrance in the 69th minute, to quite the reaction on social media:

It's probably not a great sign that this guy managed to attract so much interest as it says a lot about the action on the pitch.

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