Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick helped England swat aside the Czech Republic as a 5-0 victory sealed a dream start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. Here’s how Gareth Southgate’s side got on…
Jordan Pickford – 7
Rarely tested but was well positioned to keep two Czech efforts out early in the second half.
Kyle Walker – 7
Had few problems defensively and provided a useful attacking outlet too, linking up effectively with Jadon Sancho on England’s right.
Harry Maguire – 7
A commanding presence in England’s backline. Had some nice moments striding out of from defence and also showed his range of passing with some accurate long-range distribution.
Michael Keane – 7
Complimented Maguire well at the heart of the England defence. Well positioned throughout to limit the Czech to few chances.
Ben Chilwell – 7
Another solid performance from the Leicester full-back, whose stock continues to rise in the England setup.
Jordan Henderson – 7
Tidy performance from the Liverpool man. Kept things ticking over in midfield and also got forward well, sending one shot over from a Sancho cut-back.
Eric Dier – 6
On the end of a sore challenge from Tomas Soucek on 13 minutes from which he never recovered. Lasted just another four minutes before making way for Ross Barkley.
Jadon Sancho – 9
Another excellent performance on his first competitive start for England. Set up Raheem Sterling’s opener and also played a key role in the fifth goal, charging through Czech Republic’s midfield before finding Callum Hudson-Odoi.
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Dele Alli – 7
Should have got in on the act in the second half but was a valuable cog in the England attack, linking the midfield with the attacking flair up front.
Raheem Sterling – 9
England’s hat-trick hero. An outstanding performance which underlined his growing importance to Gareth Southgate’s side. Was a constant threat to the visitors, also winning the penalty for the second goal.
Harry Kane – 8
A tough ask to eclipse the form of Sterling and Sancho but captain Kane dispatched his penalty with a trademark finish and could have had more goals on another day.
SubstitutesRoss Barkley – 7
An early introduction for the injured Dier. Added to England’s attacking threat with some powerful runs and smart passing.
Declan Rice – 6
A 63rd-minute substitute, the West Ham midfielder was composed on the ball on his England debut, with 92 per cent of his 25 passes reaching their target.