England have progressed to the last-16 of Euro 2020 as group-winners because of a 1-Zero victory over the Czech Republic.
Raheem Sterling netted his and his nation’s second strike of the event as a much-improved Three Lions ensured two objectives in three matches have been sufficient to high Group D.
Following criticism over a defensive method within the 0-Zero draw in opposition to Scotland, Gareth Southgate introduced in Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka, who each supplied some much-needed drive and vitality.
Each have been concerned within the objective, with Saka sparking the flame in his personal half, earlier than Grealish provided the cross for an unmissable Sterling header within the 12th minute.
It adopted an electrical begin for England, and on commentary for talkSPORT, England legends Sol Campbell and Stuart Pearce captured the sensation of a nation delighted by extra attacking intent.
Campbell stated: “What I like about England is the motion, we’re shifting, we’re not taking part in standing soccer, we’re inflicting two-on-one eventualities, we’re doing beautiful interchanges, we’re taking part in in between the traces and switching positions.
“That’s what it’s all about. That’s worldwide soccer.”
Pearce added: “The change of personnel has precipitated the Czechs actual issues.
“Our tempo to go previous individuals and take them on has been there for all to see. Harry Kane had extra touches within the first half than the entire event!
“Grealish has been snug, Saka has performed very nicely, and we’ve defended our field rather well.”
England answered loads of questions in that first-half, earlier than fading away within the second.
Pragmatism took over and the Three Lions didn’t create something, however few can flip their nostril up at three consecutive clear sheets – and who can complain about topping the group?
Pearce continued: “It takes some doing at worldwide stage to maintain three clear sheets on the pop.”
Successful the group units up one other Wembley date for the last-16 subsequent Tuesday, however England are set to be rewarded with a frightening conflict.
Both France, Germany, Portugal, or (much less seemingly) Hungary – whoever finishes second in Group F – shall be subsequent for the Three Lions.