The fan who ran on the pitch during Malta v England has revealed his punishment

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Gareth Southgate hailed his England players for showing "courage" during Friday night's 4-0 win over Malta, but the simple fact of the matter is the Three Lions weren't good enough.

Despite dominating possession, England only managed three shots on target during the opening 45 minutes and entered the half-time break drawing 0-0.

Bearing in mind this was against a team who have only won once since June 2015.

"I've played in matches like this and, if you don't get a couple of early goals, the atmosphere can turn," Southgate said, "but that's part of wearing the shirt. You have to deal with that.

"When that opening goal doesn't come, playing against a packed defence, you've got to show some real courage and stick to the game plan, be patient, and wait for your opportunities.

"If you keep the ball as we did, moving the opposition, it generally comes off."

Harry Kane eventually broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute and later grabbed a second after somewhat fortunate goals from Ryan Bertrand and Danny Welbeck.

Malta v England - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

The players' muted celebrations after each goal spoke volumes about how poor they were.

Indeed, it took a pitch invader named Jake Peachey to provide some real entertainment for England fans in the 69th minute.

During the game, Jake tweeted that he would run on the pitch during the second half if he received 400 retweets (see below).

It didn't take long to notch 400 retweets and so Jake - a man of his word, apparently - ran on the pitch in the 69th minute before being tackled by security guards.

Football fans found Jake's pitch invasion hilarious and now he's revealed the brutal extent of his punishment on Twitter.

Jake has been fined €200 and given a one-year ban from Malta after spending the night locked up. He also suspects he'll be given a lifetime ban from England games.

But does he regret it? Of course he doesn't.

England's next World Cup qualifier is on Monday against Slovakia, who represent much tougher opponents than Malta and are currently second in the table following their own win over Slovenia.


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