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Marcus Rashford did something brilliant moments before assist for Harry Kane

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It may have taken them 53 minutes to break the deadlock, but England did the business against Malta during Friday night's World Cup qualifier.

Harry Kane's brace fired the Three Lions to a comfortable 4-0 win, with Ryan Bertrand and Danny Welbeck also getting on the scoresheet.

A dismal opening 45 minutes saw England and Malta enter half-time at 0-0, with Kane finally finding his shooting boots just before the hour mark.

Tottenham teammate Dele Alli twisted and turned in the 18-yard box before finding the 24-year-old, who made no mistake.

Bertrand then made it 2-0 with a somewhat fortunate long-range effort - the goalkeeper should have done better - before Welbeck added a third.

And in the second minute of stoppage time, Marcus Rashford swung in a dangerous cross for Kane to make it four.

England will need to be much better when they play Slovakia at Wembley on Monday night, which Gareth Southgate emphasised in his post-match press conference.

In response to England fans chanting, "We're f***ing s**t," in the stands, Southgate said: "I understand the reaction, but we have to stay focused as a group. Monday's game will be completely different."

Southgate made one change at half-time in a bid to change the game and it worked, with Rashford's arrival injecting some much-needed pace into England's play.

Malta v England - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

His assist for Kane in the 92nd minute capped a brilliant display at the Ta' Qali National Stadium, but it was what he did moments before that caught fans' attention on Twitter.

In the video below, when Kyle Walker goes to kick the ball out of play for a Malta injury, Rashford catches everyone off guard by stopping it and crossing for Kane to score.

It was a very cheeky - not to mention brave - move from the 19-year-old, but there wasn't a head injury so technically he had every right to keep playing.

RASHFORD'S CHEEKY ASSIST

Football fans loved Rashford refusing to put the ball out of play and instead playing to the whistle, as you can see by the below Twitter reaction.

TWITTER REACTS

No chill from Rashford - even Walker told him to put the ball out for the injured player.

Some may look at the Manchester United winger's actions as unsporting, but if the referee hasn't blown his whistle, he has every right to keep the ball in play.

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