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England vs. Malta 2016 live stream: game time, TV channels, and how to watch World Cup qualifier online

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If all four Tottenham players start, I’m going to be ticked off.

England Training Session Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Welcome back for another exciting day of international football! England host UEFA powerhouse Malta in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium today. Malta! Can’t you feel the excitement?

I shouldn’t pick on the Maltese. They don’t deserve it. Tiny countries sometimes come good — look at what Iceland did this summer! — but it’s hard to get excited about a qualifier for a tournament that won’t happen for another two years against a team that is ranked 176th according to FIFA.

England have four Tottenham players involved in interim manager Gareth Southgate’s squad: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, and Kyle Walker. Tottenham need all of them pretty badly, so with all due respect to the English reading this blog, I hope all four of them sit today and don’t play at all.

But it’s England so that won’t happen. Best we can hope for is an easy game where nobody gets injured, like what happened to Danny Rose in the last international break.

Here’s your open thread. ENGERLAND!

How to Watch

Date/Time: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 5:00 pm BST, noon ET
Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England
TV: ITV 1 (UK), STV (Scotland), ESPN Deportes (USA - Spanish), Sportsnet (Canada), ESPN (Australia)
Streaming: ITV Hub (UK), ESPN3 / WatchESPN (USA)

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