Sterling’s goal lead England in a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic
Raheem Sterling steered England with a strike in the 12th minute to beat the Czech Republic at 1-0. The win now puts England at the top of Group D and they are now set to play in the next stage of the Euro tourney. They ended the Group Stages with a 2-1-0 record at the very least.
As they looked at the sheet in the Scotland draw, England knew exactly what it needed to do in this game right away - and that was to rain fire on them. The squad did what they planned. They came up with a strong win - and an early goal to send the game right away.
Sterling gave England a 1-0 lead at the 12-minute mark. He was quick to put the Czech Republic to rest in this win with his header. The Three Lions now move on to the next round with that shot as winners for Group D.
This is Sterling and England’s second goal of the contest. The crowd was still hyped by Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka but it later turned into a boring game that saw fans almost sleep on their plays in the second half.
England is now set to return to Wembley to face the second winners from Group E, which is likely to be any of the big three of France, Germany or Portugal. Sterling was pleased with the result and was keen to win this one.
‘We got in the gaps really well and played some good football’, Sterling said. ‘We got the goal we needed. I thought I’d put the first effort away, but am happy to get my goal in the end. Things are going to be hard at times. It’s football, and at some point, you’re going to have to face the best teams. That’s the whole point, to push yourself’.
England went for five shots and had three of those shots on target. They also had 57% of the ball and went for 84% accuracy with 528 passes at the very least. It was one of the strong games for England as they were inspired to step up their play this time.
The Czechs did not have an answer for this clean sheet loss. They had seven shots but only had one close to the bottom of the net. They held the ball for 43% and made 411 passes to go for 78% accuracy as well.
Saka was glad to be able to help England in such a crucial game.
‘I think it was clearly a good game. We played some really good football’, Saka said. ‘We played with a lot more freedom, time to express our style. I’m happy with my game and the team’.
England now has to keep the same pace going as they aim to win more games down the stretch to earn the title.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores