Bukayo Saka showed few signs of nerves
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Raheem Sterling’s early goal sealed victory for England as Gareth Southgate’s side secured top spot in Group D, with a 100 per cent record.
The goals may not have flowed but England once again shut out their opponents at the back as the likes of Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka impressed after getting the nod to start.
Mike McGrath gives his verdict on how both England and Czech Republic players’ fare.
Jordan Pickford — 6/10
Saved well to keep out a long-ranger from Holes. A late mistake aside, his kicking into midfield was good, despite getting an earful from Stones again for playing it long.
Kyle Walker — 7/10
Athletic clearances to get his team out of trouble and calm cleaning up crosses swung over from the right. Chased ball 60 yards into the Czech area at one stage.
John Stones — 7/10
Looked comfortable dealing with the Czech attack and also showed he is a threat at the opposite end with a far-post header that flew over.
Harry Maguire — 8/10
First game in six weeks after ankle-ligament damage and straight into action with headed clearances, passes out of defence and blocks to repel danger.
Luke Shaw — 7/10
Set up Sterling in first two minutes to hit the post, he got down the left-flank much better than he managed against Scotland. Linked well with Grealish.
Luke Shaw puts his body on the line for his country
Declan Rice — 6/10
Marked Schick for set-pieces and much of his work was keeping his defence protected then moving the ball on quickly. Taken off at half-time.
Kalvin Phillips — 6/10
Deeper than he has usually been for England at this tournament. Helped England stay in control.
Bukayo Saka — 8/10
Excellent work down right, where he ran at his full-back and got crosses over for his team-mates to attack, justifying his selection ahead of Sancho and Rashford.
Jack Grealish — 7/10
Roar when he first touched the ball, jeers when taken off. Showed why fans are excited, setting up Sterling’s goal and going on mazy runs. Drew fouls.
Grealish made an immediate impact by setting up Sterling for his goal
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Raheem Sterling — 7/10
Hit the post in the opening minutes and showed a striker’s instinct to peel off to the far post and head home his goal.
Harry Kane — 6/10
More threatening inside the area and got his shots away, after taking a blow to the face early on from Kalas. Much better from the captain before quieter after break.
Subs: J Henderson 45 (Rice), Rashford 67 (Sterling), Bellingham 67 (Grealish), Mings 79 (Stones), Sancho 84 (Saka)
Subs not used: Trippier, Ramsdale (g), Mings, Coady, Calvert-Lewin, White, Johnstone (g), James
Czech Republic (4-2-3-1)
Tomáš Vaclík — 6/10
Good saves from Kane, getting down sharply to deny the England captain. No chance with the goal as Grealish delivered his cross perfectly.
Vladimír Coufal — 5/10
Drew foul from Shaw when he raided down the right flank but he would have liked to have been in enemy territory more
Ondřej Čelůstka — 5/10
Moved himself onto Kane in the first half but had trouble tracking him when he got into a No10 position, then had to
deal with midfielders pushing on.
Tomáš Kalas — 6/10
Came across to challenge Kane with covering runs when his team were stretched. Made some good interceptions.
Tomas Kalas keeps close to the England captain
Jan Bořil — 6/10
Sterling pulled off him for the goal and was given enough space to head home comfortably. Got up and down the left to support attacks.
Tomáš Holeš — 5/10
Long-range shot saved in a good first-half opening but a there was little room to operate in the central areas for him
and pick passes.
Tomáš Soucek — 6/10
Flashed wide with Czech’s best effort of the first half. He kept the ball moving which was important for the visitors but
could not control the midfield.
Lukáš Masopust — 5/10
Struggled to get into the game but tried to pinch ball off opponents and showed he was willing to work to get his team
back into the game.
Vladimír Darida — 6/10
Was a threat with his set pieces and also showed a good range of passing from central midfield, spreading the ball into
area where there was space.
Jakub Jankto — 5/10
Tried to break forward and made good runs down the left but his team-mates did not always see him and left him frustrated.
Patrik Schick — 4/10
Came deep for ball, such was his frustration at not getting chances. After three goals in his first two games of the
tournament he found it a more difficult evening.
Subs: Sevcik 45 (Jankto), Kral 65 (Darida), Hlozek 65 (Masopust), Pekhart 75 (Schick), Vydra 84 (Holes)
Subs not used: Kaderábek, Brabec, Barak, Krmencik, Mandous (g), Mateju, Koubek (g), Pekhart.
England vs Czech Republic – Euro 2020