England once again disappointed in victory as Gareth Southgate's men stuttered against Lithuania in the final competitive match before next summer's World Cup.
Scotland remain in the hunt for a World Cup qualification play-off spot.
Harry Kane began September by bringing his mini scoring drought to a timely end, but the way Gareth Southgate's England toiled to victory in Malta underlines just how much work needs to be done ahead of the World Cup.
England fans have come under attack inside the stadium following the Three Lions' Euro 2016 1-1 draw with Russia.
England's failure to learn from previous mistakes allowed Russia to net a stoppage-time leveller, with a lack of cutting edge preventing Roy Hodgson's side starting Euro 2016 with the win their exceptional play deserved.
England put on a good display of attacking football, but they emerged from their trek into the jungle with a 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener thanks to Mario Balotelli's winner in the draining heat of Manaus.
Fabio Capello is to remain as England manager.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels England were "killed by their own impatience" as they crashed out of the World Cup to Germany in Bloemfontein.
Rio Ferdinand was today officially ruled out of the World Cup.
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