Czech Republic played England in their final game of the UEFA Euro 2020 group stages at Wembley.
No matter the result, England already mathematically qualified even if they had finished 3rd on the table; while the Czech Republic needed a draw or a win to top the group.
Harry Maguire returned in defence to replace Tyrone Mings while Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish started.
England could have scored an early goal after Luke Shaw’s long pass found Raheem Sterling, who then lifted the ball over the goalkeeper but hit the post.
However, England found the back of the net in the 12th minute when Jack Grealish crossed the ball to the far post where Raheem Sterling’s header gave him his second goal of the tournament.
Harry Kane could have scored his first goal of the tournament when Maguire’s pass allowed him to chop onto his right foot as he tried to bend it into the goal, but the Czech goalkeeper saved the shot with a strong left hand in the 25th minute.
The Czech Republic came close to score a sensational goal when Tomáš Holeš had a long-range effort at goal but Jordan Pickford made a stretching save in the 27th minute.
The first half was filled with several chances from both sides but England had the extra bit of quality to lead the game and keep the Czechs out of their net.
After training with the first team for 2 weeks, Jordan Henderson returned on the pitch in the second half to replace Declan Rice.
The second half was uneventful with only Henderson scoring an offside goal in the last 10 minutes of the game however it was enough to win the group.
Both teams qualified with the Czech Republic finishing 3rd but have enough points and positive goal difference to be one of the four best 3rd place teams.
Source of Image: UEFA EURO 2020 via Twitter
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