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England 5-0 Czech Republic - Euro 2020 qualifier review

  • A hat-trick from Man City forward Raheem Sterling helped smash the Czech Republic, in England’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley.
Modified 23 Mar 2019, 18:29 IST

Sterling celebrates a well-deserved hattrick against
Sterling celebrates a well-deserved hattrick against

England were always the favourites to win this game, and ultimately the group, due to their player qualities and recent form, but they blew away the Czechs here.

Sterling opened the scoring early on, but throughout the game, England was the dominant force and took their time to pass and move with precision. Czech Republic couldn’t handle England’s play, and whilst they didn’t have players on England’s level, they would be disappointed with the manner of their defeat. It wasn’t just a loss – it was annihilation and punishment at the hands of England.

Captain Harry Kane also scored, and Czech player Kalas scored an own goal to wrap up an emphatic win at the English national stadium.

Jadon Sancho provided an assist for Sterling, and overall he put in a commanding performance. His displays in the Bundesliga made him a shoo-in for the side, and he rewarded manager Gareth Southgate’s faith perfectly.

Sterling’s first goal came after only a few minutes, in which he poked in a tap-in after a good cross from Sancho.

The second arrived from a penalty, which captain Kane dispatched with his usual efficiency.

Sterling came to the fore in the second half, since he latched onto two through balls to complete his hat-trick, and secure a fully-warranted man of the match rating.

At this point, the Czechs were done, down, and out, and the English secured dominion at this point.

It’s certain that only a catastrophe could cost England a place at Euro 2020, which is to be held across various cities in Europe.


And on this form, who knows? England may win a first European Championship in the near future. Though false dawns have occurred before, especially in the run-up to the 2016 Euros, one cannot help but be happy.

There are still nine games to go, but very few can bet against England qualifying for the 2020 European Championships, being one of the prime favourites for the competition.

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Published 23 Mar 2019, 18:29 IST
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