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England beat Czech Republic to top group as Raheem Sterling strikes again

England beat Czech Republic to top group as Raheem Sterling strikes again

6/22/2021 11:55:00 PM

England beat Czech Republic to top group as Raheem Sterling strikes again

Raheem Sterling’s early header proved enough for Gareth Southgate’s side, who kept a third consecutive clean sheet at Euro 2020

and Southgate’s team had not exactly quickened the pulse.Grealish’s selection had been designed to put that right. Amid the chaos of Ben Chilwell and Mason Mounthaving to be stood downafter coming into contact with the Covid-positive Billy Gilmour of Scotland, there was the surprise of Saka being brought in, especially as Jadon Sancho remained among the substitutes. Phil Foden, who is carrying a yellow card, dropped out.

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Grealish had the license to roam from the left and to interchange with Sterling, who started in a central role. There was a pace and fluidity about England at the outset, with Saka also making dangerous runs up the right. He had barely played on that side for England previously but Southgate trusts in his ability and versatility. It was easy to see why.

Jack Grealish helped give England much-needed fluidity before being replaced in the 68th minute.Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The GuardianThe breakthrough goal originated with good work by Saka but, when the ball was worked left by Harry Kane for Grealish and he put his defender on to his heels, asking him to guess which way he would dart, the scene was set. headtopics.com

Grealish swayed left, towards the byline, and got there first with time to spare. The cross, chipped towards the far post, was a beauty and Sterling rose to head home. The Aston Villa man brought the dynamism but, as much as anything, he helped to fire the collective belief, ever available for the ball, always demanding it. He was smooth and secure with it.

England might have been ahead before they were. They could see that the pass over the top was on; the spaces were there in behind the Czech defence in the early running. Luke Shaw picked out the run of Sterling in the second minute and, with the goalkeeper, Tomas Vaclik, drawn out, Sterling’s lob beat him only to hit the far post.

It was an upbeat performance from England in the first half, although the Czechs did flicker around the half hour. Tomas Holes extended Jordan Pickford with a pot-shot from distance while Tomas Soucek almost scrambled home following a corner only to see the returning Harry Maguire block. Soucek also dragged another shot past the post; an extremely presentable chance wasted.

England could point to a couple of Kane attempts before the break, the first on 26 minutes following an incisive Maguire pass. Kane jinked inside Tomas Kalas and unloaded only for Vaclik to make a fine save.The Czech Republic had used much of the same starting XI to headtopics.com

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beat England 2-1 in October 2019during qualification and, for Southgate’s players, it became an exercise in concentration. Jordan Henderson replaced Declan Rice for the second half and his first minutes of the tournament with that in mind – to try to maintain order in the middle of the pitch.

Shaw’s desire to get forward from left-back – mainly in the first half – was pleasing to see but the movement of England’s front four was not as slick after the restart. Sterling stayed left, with Grealish more central and there were not as many interchanges between the pair. The Czechs were much more in the game and it felt as though England were happy to trust in their defensive resilience. And why not? It has been a standout feature of their tournament so far.

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In the Guardian app, tap the yellow button at the bottom right, then go to Settings (the gear icon), then Notifications.Turn on sport notifications.Was this helpful?Thank you for your feedback.Southgate’s decision to substitute Grealish in the 68th minute was booed by large sections of the crowd, with his replacement, Jude Bellingham, asked to further shore things up on the left of a midfield three. Marcus Rashford came on for Sterling and, at that point, it was easy to imagine the reaction if England had conceded. It would be down to Southgate’s caution. headtopics.com

Happily, it did not work out that way. Henderson had the ball in the net late on only for an offside flag to go up but England had done enough. Read more: The Guardian »

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