Andrew Hogg was key to restricting England to a 2-0 win in Southgate's first match at the helm and was impressing again, producing a fine stop to deny a close-range Kane header after Raheem Sterling was crowded out. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
While Hart - whose place in the XI came under question after conceding 10 in three games on loan at West Ham at the start of the season - was untroubled, England laboured against a side ranked 190 in the world. Find out by following our live matchcast.
"People tell me Malta are improving but Scotland ran out 5-1 winners so I'm not sure how that case stands - it should be a comfortable evening for Gareth Southgate's men". England are now only one game from qualifying for the World Cup but the mood could probably be summed up by the reaction to the pitch invader.
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Ryan Bertrand - with a long range effort barely acknowledged by a far from happy looking Southgate - Danny Welbeck and Kane at the death secured the points in Malta and keeps them top of Group F by two points from Slovakia.
They finally got it on 85 minutes, as Ryan Bertrand hammered home a shot from long range to get his first goal for England before substitute Danny Welbeck fired in a third and Kane a fourth as Malta exhausted.
The problem tended to come in and around the Malta penalty area and it was unusual at times that the away side did not have more players in advanced positions. A few minutes later Harry Kane almost got the opener with a free header in the box, but Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg made a great stop. Would a 4-2-2 formation be the best route for England to take?
England fans vented their frustration as the half time whistle blew and it nearly got worse five minutes after the break when Andre Schembri's shot whistled past the post. Substitute Welbeck made it three in added on time, on his return to global football, as he beat Hogg to Kane's cross.