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  Friday, 22 March 2019
European Championship 2020 Group A qualification match

England 5 Czech Republic 0 [2-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 7.48pm
Attendance: 82,575

Czech Republic kicked off 95 minutes 46:52 & 47:09 Match Summary
England Squad
Czech Republic Squad
[1-0] Raheem Sterling 24 23:45
 four-yard stretched tap-in from a Sancho cross
[2-0] Harry Kane 45+2 46:28
 powerful penalty to Pavelek's right
(foul 45:19; awarded 45:22 - Kadeřábek & Kalas fouled Sterling).
[3-0] Raheem Sterling 62 61:09
  half-spins lifting a left-footed effort from 12-yards into the far corner.
[4-0] Raheem Sterling 68 67:39 hattrick
  right-footed effort from the edge of the box deflects off Čelůstka's back from a Barkley pass

[5-0] Tomáš Kalas 84 83:29
Hudson-Odoi shot is saved by Pavlenka. It then rebounds off Kalas into the empty net.
  Pavel Kadeřábek 45+1 45:32
Patrik Schick 53 52:10
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Portugal



Czech Republic
Referee (sky blue) Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
39 (14 July 1979), Vila Nova de Gaia, FIFA-listed 2010.

Assistant Referees -
Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares, 43 (1 August 1974), and Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares, 41 (31 August 1976).

Fourth official - Hugo Filipe Ferreira de Campos Moreira Miguel, 42 (16 January 1977), Lisboa

Black armbands are worn in remembrance, and a minutes' applause held for World Cup winner Gordon Banks.
12 Goal Attempts 7
8 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
2 Corner Kicks Won 2
2 Offside Calls Against 0
8 Fouls Conceded 11
63% Possession 37%

England Team



FIFA (7 February 2019) 5th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating =7th to 5th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home shirt - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane (16th captaincy) Manager: Gareth Southgate, 48 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
32nd match, W 18 - D 8 - L 6 - F 54 - A 24.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25 7 March 1994 G Everton FC 16 14 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 28 28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC 45 0
3 Chilwell, Benjamin J. 22 21 December 1996 LB Leicester City FC 6 0
4 Dier, Eric J.E., injured off 17th min. (injured 9:46) 25 15 January 1994 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 39 3
5 Keane, Michael V. 26 11 January 1993 CD Everton FC 6 0
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26 5 March 1993 CD Leicester City FC 17 1
7 Sancho, Jadon M. 18 25 March 2000 RF BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 4 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 28 17 June 1990 R/C/LM Liverpool FC 49 0
9 Kane, Harry E. 25 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 36 21
10 Alli, Bamidele J., off 63rd min. 22 11 April 1996 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 34 3
Sterling, Raheem S., off 70th min. 24 8 December 1994 LF Manchester City FC 48 7
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Czech Republic 0
18 Barkley, Ross, on 17th min. (16:14) for Dier 25 5 December 1993 RM Chelsea FC 26 2
scoreline: England 3 Czech Republic 0
16 Rice, Declan, on 63rd min. (62.30) for Alli 20 14 January 1999 CM West Ham United FC 1 0
scoreline: England 4 Czech Republic 0
20 Hudson-Odoi, Callum J., on 70th min. (69:19) for Sterling 18
135 dys
7 November 2000 F Chelsea FC 1 0
result: England 5 Czech Republic 0

unused substitutes:

12-Kieran Tripper, 13-Tom Heaton, 14-Danny Rose, 15-James Tarkowski, 17-James Ward-Prowse, 19-Callum Wilson, 21-Jack Butland.


Sterling's first goal was the fiftieth scored under the Southgate reign. His second was England's 300th competitve goal at home. His third, his first hat-trick for England, is the first hat-trick at this stadium since September 2010.
When Hudson-Doi made his debut, it meant that England fielded two under-18's for the first time since 1881. He is the youngest player to win his first cap in a competitive match, beating Duncan Edwards.
Kalas' own goal was England's tenth in European competition history.
Jordan Pickford successfully kept a clean sheet, the 75th in European Championship competition history and the 125th in all competition qualification history.
Manager Gareth Southgate was an unsused substitute when Czech Republic visited in November 1998.
4-3-3 Pickford -
Walker, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell -
Henderson, Dier
(Barkley), Alli (Rice)-
Sancho, Kane, Sterling
notes: When Barkley replaced Dier, he went to the right, with Henderson going into the centre. When Rice came on, he went to the centre and Henderson then went to the left.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 27.3 2.8

Czech Republic Team



FIFA (7 February 2019) 44th
EFO ranking
ELO rating
Colours: Made by Puma - Red crew-necked jerseys with blue trim and a lion's head graphic on the front, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Vladimír Darida, until 67th min. No player took the armband after this Manager: Jaroslav Šilhavý, 57 (3 November 1961), appointed 18 September 2018
fifth match, W 3 - D 0 - L 2 - F 4 - A 7
Czech Republic Lineup
23 Pavlenka, Jiří 26 14 April 1992 G Sv Werder Bremen von 1899 eV, Germany 9 11 GA
2 Kadeřábek, Pavel 26 25 April 1992 RB TSG 1899 Hoffenheim eV, Germany 37 3
Kadeřábek cautioned in the 45th+1 min for a foul, after he brought down Sterling as he danced into the area. Penalty awarded.
3 Čelůstka, Ondřej 29 18 June 1989 CD Antalyaspor, Turkey 9 1
4 Gebre Selassie, Theodor 32 24 December 1986 RM Sv Werder Bremen von 1899 eV, Germany 53 3
22 Novák, Filip 28 26 June 1990 LB Trabzonspor, Turkey 20 1
6 Kalas, Tomáš 25 22 May 1993 CD Bristol City FC, England, on loan from Chelsea FC, England 19 2
15 Souček, Tomáš 24 27 February 1995 CM Sk Slavia Praha 17 2
8 Darida, Vladimír, off 67th min 28 8 August 1990 CM Hertha, Berliner SC eV, Germany 54 4
14 Jankto, Jakub, off 46th min. 23 19 January 1996 LM UC Sampdoria SpA, Italy, on loan from Udinese Calcio SpA, Italy 18 2
19 Schick, Patrik, off 82nd min. 23 24 January 1996 CF AS Roma SpA, Italy 15 5
Schick cautioned in the 53rd min for unsporting behaviour, after he prevented Pickford's clearance.
11 Pavelka, David 27 18 May 1991 CM Kasımpaşa SK, Turkey 19 0
Czech Republic Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Czech Republic 0
20 Vydra, Matĕj, on 46th min. for Jankto 26 1 May 1992 F Burnley FC, England 25 5
scoreline: England 3 Czech Republic 0
12 Masopust, Lukáš, on 67th min. (66:48) for Darida 26 12 February 1993 M Sk Slavia Praha 2 0
scoreline: England 4 Czech Republic 0
21 Škoda, Milan, on 82nd min. (81:27) for Schick 33 16 January 1986 F Sk Slavia Praha 19 4
result: England 5 Czech Republic 0

unused substitutes:

1-Ondřej Kolář, 5-Vladimír Coufal, 7-Jaromír Zmrhal, 9-Bořek Dočkal (injured), 10-Martin Frýdek, 13-Alex Král, 16-Tomáš Koubek, 17-Marek Suchý, 18-Ondřej Kúdela.
(4-4-2 second half)
Pavlenka -
Kadeřábek, Kalas, Čelůstka, Novák -
Gebre Selassie, Pavelka, Darida (Masopust), Souček, Jankto (Vydra) -
Schick (Škoda)
notes: Vydra joined Schick up front in the second half.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 23.6 2.1


    Match Report by Mike Payne

For the first International of the year, Gareth Southgate’s squad reflected the exciting talent at his disposal for this opening European Championships match in a tournament due in 2020.  There was a little caution with the inclusion of Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier to bolster the midfield, but, in general, it was a bold and attacking selection by the manager.  It paid off handsomely with a thoroughly dominant performance and five goals.

In a cautious opening, England had a ‘good look’ at their opponents, but the first significant moment came when Dier suffered an injury.  It was bad enough to force him off after just 17 minutes, and Southgate replaced him by bringing on Ross Barclay.  At this time England were looking solid but the first effort on goal came from the visitors six minutes later.  It was a speculative shot by Vladimir Darida which flew high and wide, and within a minute England broke down the right and took the lead.  So far, Jaydon Sancho had looked lively but was giving the ball away too much, but this time he raced onto a wonderful pass from Harry Kane, inside the full-back, hit a first-time cross into the middle, and there was Raheem Sterling stretching to guide the ball home from close range.  The keeper had no chance and Sterling continued what he has been doing all season for Manchester City.

Deli Alli, back in the side after injury, was lively over the next ten minutes and England were already in control.  Sancho almost sent Henderson free, but the Liverpool man was offside, and then two near misses for England with just over five minutes of the half remaining, first from Sancho, and then from Harry Maguire almost doubled the lead.  Both efforts missed the target, but it wasn’t long before England did double their lead.

On 43 minutes. Barclay, increasingly influential, set up Kane, but his shot was blocked away for a corner.  From the kick the ball was worked to Sterling and the forward burst between two defenders before crashing to the ground.  Pavel Kaderabeck was penalised for a foul, and England had a penalty.  Kaderabeck was yellow carded, but it was one of those incidents that some referees would give and some wouldn’t.  This referee had no hesitation and Harry Kane smashed the spot-kick home.  The goalkeeper, Jiri Pavlenka, got a strong hand to Kane’s kick, but the power of the shot was just too much for him.

So, 2-0 at the break, and England in complete control.  Ben Chilwell and Kyle Walker were trying to get forward in support of the attack and Barclay was taking full advantage of his opportunity with some powerful runs.  Michael Keane and Maguire looked composed at the back against a weak Czech attack, and Jordan Pickford had not been troubled.

Not surprisingly, the Czechs came out after the break, determined to make an impact. Matej Vydra was sent on as substitute for the ineffective Jakub Jankto at the start of the half and for ten minutes they pushed forward at every opportunity creating a couple of good chances.  On 49 minutes David Pavelka had a shot blocked and then, two minutes later, Tomas Soucek had a great chance but headed Darida’s free-kick wide of the England goal, when he might have done better.  A minute later and Pavelka combined with Tomas Kalas to force Pickford into a good save to his right.  On 53 minutes the goalkeeper then did well to react to Pavelka’s close range header, blocking it on the line when slightly wrong-footed.

Although the Czech side had enjoyed their best spell since the break, England still held the upper hand, in every sense.  Just after the hour mark, England settled the result with another excellent goal from Sterling.  He received possession in the box but defenders fought to clear the ball.  A lucky rebound then fell at Sterling’s feet and he spun to hit a fine left-foot shot into the far corner for a terrific goal.  Game over!

After that goal Southgate gave Declan Rice his England debut, replacing Alli, and the Czechs brought on Lukas Masopust for Darida.  Within five minutes England increased their lead to 4-0.  Another excellent burst by Barclay set up Sterling for a shot from about 20 yards.  Remember, he was on a hat-trick, and the luck was on Sterling’s side as the shot struck a defender on the back and completely wrong-footed the goalkeeper, who turned to see the ball cross the line, much to his disgust.  Sterling celebrated with the crowd and was then substituted by Southgate who brought on another exciting talent, Callum Hudson-Odoi.  (Wonder how long it will be before England’s whole team have double-barrelled names?).

England dominated the remaining 20 minutes as Barclay headed wide, Henderson had a shot blocked, Barclay combined with Hudson-Odoi for the latter to have a shot, which was saved by Pavlenka, and then the goalkeeper did well to stop Kane adding to the goal tally.

With six minutes left England scored a fifth, and rather fortuitous goal.  Hudson-Odoi positively went for goal and his shot was pushed out by the goalkeeper.  Unluckily for Pavlenka, and even more unluckily for Kalas, the ball struck the defender’s shins and rebounded, oh so slowly, into the net.  They rounded off the Czech Republic’s dismal night.

England had played well, and it was a very promising start to the new year, and to their Euro Championship challenge.  Several players stood out, none more so that Raheem Sterling, who won the crowd over with a fine all-round display topped off by a hat-trick.  You can’t say fairer than that.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor