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Czech Republic 0-1 England: Player ratings as Three Lions finish top of their group

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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England set up a round of 16 tie at Wembley by winning their final Euro 2020 group game 1-0 against Czech Republic, with Raheem Sterling grabbing the only goal.

The Three Lions started strongly with Sterling hitting the post inside two minutes. Soon after they would take the lead. Excellent work from Bukayo Saka allowed Jack Grealish a chance to cross with Sterling nodding home his second goal of the Euros at the back post.

Harry Kane then had an effort saved before the break, although the Czech Republic also had their chances. Tomas Soucek went closest, firing a first-time strike inches wide of the post.

After this exciting first half the game dipped in quality. England largely dominated possession but neither side looked like scoring.

Gareth Southgate's side will now take on the Group F runners-up in London on Tuesday. Depending on results on Wednesday this will either be France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary.

Here is how both sets of players rated at Wembley Stadium...


Czech Republic player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Jan Boril, Harry Kane
Boril was booked for the Czech Republic / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Tomas Vaclik (GK) - 6/10 - Saved well from Kane in the first half but little he could do about Sterling's goal.

Vladimir Coufal (RB) - 7/10 - His team's best defender. Sterling got very little joy against him. Finished with a game-high six clearances.

Ondrej Celustka (CB) - 6/10 - Looked the more solid of the Czech centre-backs. Used his physicality effectively and dominated the air.

Tomas Kalas (CB) - 5/10 - A couple of clumsy moments and poor decisions.

Jan Boril (LB) - 5/10 - Missed a headed clearance which allowed Sterling to score. Saka caused him big problems all game. He will miss the round of 16 game after picking up a yellow card.


2. Midfielders

Harry Kane, Tomas Soucek
Soucek went mightily close in the first half / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Tomas Soucek (CM) - 6/10 - Tried to pick up space between the lines but was largely kept under control by clubmate Declan Rice in the first half. Went very close with a snapshot in the first half.

Tomas Holes (CM) - 6/10 - Attempted a man marking job on Jack Grealish -which was not particularly successful. Stung Pickford's palms with a fierce effort.

Vladimir Darida (AM) - 5/10 - Drifted between both wings and tried plenty of crosses. Very few came off, though.


3. Forwards

Patrik Schick
Schick had a very quiet evening / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Lukas Masopust (RW) - 5/10 - Put himself about, completing three tackles. His influence on the game in possession was minimal.

Patrik Schick (ST) - 4/10 - Barely in the game. Dented his Golden Boot chances with a scoreless performance.

Jakub Jankto (LW) - 5/10 - Kept things tidy and popped up all over the pitch without doing anything too impressive. Replaced at half time.


4. Substitutes

Harry Maguire
Kral enjoyed just under half an hour of action / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Petr Sevcik - 5/10 - Little impact after being brought on at half time.

Alex Kral - 6/10 - Great hair and added some bite to the midfield.

Adam Hlozek - 6/10 - Brought on to add some spice to the attack, but it never came.

Tomas Pekhart - N/A

Matej Vydra - N/A


England player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire
Maguire returned to the fold following his injury / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

Jordan Pickford (GK) - 7/10 - Made one great save from Holes in the first half. Distribution was extremely impressive as well - a potent weapon in England's offensive arsenal.

Kyle Walker (RB) - 7/10 - Dealt with crosses at the back post extremely well. Got forward at times but perhaps could have been a bit more expansive.

John Stones (CB) - 7/10 - Did some great covering and other defensive work when required. His work at set pieces was vital.

Harry Maguire (CB) - 7/10 - Showed few, if any, signs of rustiness on his return from injury. England looked so much better in possession with him on the pitch. One through ball to Kane in the first half was sublime.

Luke Shaw (LB) - 8/10 - Got forward a lot more than he did against Scotland. A tireless performance that caused the Czechs real problems.


6. Midfielders

Jack Grealish, Tomas Soucek
Grealish was spritely all evening / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Declan Rice (CM) - 7/10 - Dropped into a back three with Stone and Maguire out of possession. This allowed the full-backs to push on much more than they did against Scotland. Replaced by Henderson at the break.

Kalvin Phillips (CM) - 6/10 - Helped in the England build-up at times by exchanging passing with both full-backs.

Jack Grealish (AM) - 7/10 - Seemed like he was having a lovely old time. Afforded a free role and made the most of it, floating all around the pitch causing mischief. Assisted the opener.


7. Forwards

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Saka was England's player of the match / FRANK AUGSTEIN/Getty Images

Bukayo Saka (RW) - 8/10 - A live-wire. His positive running and tenacity created the opener. Did plenty else besides, fully justifying his selection.

Harry Kane (ST) - 6/10 - His best game of the Euros so far. Played some great pass and held the ball up pretty well. Still seems to be lacking that killer instinct, though.

Raheem Sterling (LW) - 7/10 - Went ridiculously close to a second minute opener and showed a real poacher's instinct to create space for his goal. Simmered down somewhat after the break.


8. Substitutes

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Henderson returned after injury / LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/Getty Images

Jordan Henderson - 6/10 - Good to see him get minutes. His passing was impressive. Had his first England goal chalked off for offside.

Jude Bellingham - 6/10 - Did not make any errors after coming on.

Marcus Rashford - 7/10 - Caused problems in the closing stages.

Tyrone Mings - 6/10 - Flawless 12 minute stint.

Jadon Sancho - N/A - He finally got on! For six minutes.


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