European Championship Qualifying - Group A
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England 5-0 Czech Republic: Raheem Sterling hat-trick in opening Euro 2020 qualifier

Raheem Sterling scores
Sterling now has seven goals in 48 games for England

Raheem Sterling scored his first England hat-trick as their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign started in hugely impressive fashion as they outclassed the Czech Republic at Wembley.

Manager Gareth Southgate gave Jadon Sancho his first international start and Borussia Dortmund's 18-year-old repaid his faith with a fine display.

But it was Sterling who stole the show as England built on the development that saw them reach the World Cup semi-finals in Russia and the finals of the inaugural Nations League.

Sancho showed his quality with a perfect cross for the stretching Sterling to open the scoring after 24 minutes and captain Harry Kane added the second in first-half stoppage time after the Manchester City forward was bundled over by two Czech Republic defenders.

England survived minor scares at the start of the second half but reasserted their vast superiority when Sterling scored on the turn just after the hour and completed his hat-trick six minutes later when his 20-yard shot deflected in off Ondrej Celustka.

Sterling was then given a standing ovation as he was replaced by debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi, with another of England's young brigade Declan Rice having already been given his first Three Lions cap as replacement for Dele Alli.

And Hudson-Odoi, making his England debut before his first Premier League start for Chelsea, had a hand in the fifth when his shot was saved by keeper Jiri Pavlenka, only for Tomas Kalas to turn the rebound into his own net.

England's victory sees them top Group A after Montenegro drew 1-1 against Bulgaria earlier on Friday.

Sterling show his class

Raheem Sterling goal
This was the move for England's first goal against the Czech Republic

When Sterling scored twice in England's 3-2 win in Spain in October, their first win there for 31 years, the goals ended a three-year barren international sequence, stretching back 27 games.

No-one questioned Sterling's ability or his attitude but this was clearly a flaw that needed addressing, although the feeling remained that he simply needed one goal to open the floodgates and replicate his club form at Manchester City.

And so it has proved.

The burden, such as it was, lifted off Sterling's shoulders on that stellar night in Seville and Wembley witnessed a player in prime form and confidence.

Sterling, in tandem with Kane and Sancho, terrorised the Czech Republic defence, stealing in for a poacher's first goal before a driving run into the area brought England a penalty.

He showed great awareness to score his second on the turn before getting a deserved slice of good fortune with a deflection for his hat-trick.

Wembley rose to Sterling as he went off - his status as a player crucial to England's future underlined.

Southgate gives a glimpse into the future

England manager Gareth Southgate said he would have no hesitation in blooding the talented band of youngsters he has at his disposal and he was as good as his word in this thrilling glimpse into the future.

Sancho, on his first start, was brimming with confidence, running at the Czech defence as he set up the first goal and only being denied a goal himself by a desperate goalline clearance after the break.

Rice was given a run-out for a taste of the full England experience while Hudson-Odoi also showed the fearlessness of youth in his cameo appearance.

This young group, alongside the established figures such as Kane and Sterling, delighted England's fans and added to the growing excitement and expectation surrounding Southgate's side.

Yes, the Czech Republic were mediocre opponents but England put them away with so much to spare that one can only admire this performance as Southgate's men now prepare to face Montenegro in Podgorica on Monday.

Man of the match - Raheem Sterling (England)

Raheem Sterling
Sterling took home the match ball for his star showing at Wembley - it was the first hat-trick by an England player at Wembley since Jermain Defoe in September 2010

'A beautiful team performance' - what they said

England manager Gareth Southgate told ITV: "I thought Raheem was electric all night. He has looked like that all week in training. I'm pleased for him, it is a special night for him."

"I think Raheem has really matured as a person and a footballer. He's hungry for goals and hitting things instinctively without thinking too much."

Raheem Sterling told ITV: "It was a beautiful team performance and I was happy to help the team get the win.

"I'm just being confident in myself, I'm trying to get in areas and take shots, not to worry about anything. The first goal pleased me most, to get myself up and running."

Hudson-Odoi England's youngest competitive debutant - the stats

  • England are unbeaten in their past 40 qualifying matches (Euros and World Cup), winning 31 and drawing nine since a 1-0 defeat by Ukraine in October 2009.
  • This was England's biggest win at Wembley since a 5-0 triumph over San Marino in October 2014.
  • Harry Kane has scored 16 goals for England under Gareth Southgate - 11 more than any other player.
  • Raheem Sterling has scored with five of his past seven shots for England - he had scored with just two of his first 62 efforts at goal for the Three Lions.
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi is the youngest player to make his debut for England in a competitive match, aged 18 years and 135 days.
  • This was the first time in 138 years that England featured two players aged 18 or younger in an international match (Jadon Sancho and Hudson-Odoi) - the last occasion was in February 1881 against Wales (Thurston Rostron and Jimmy Brown).
  • England have scored the past 18 penalties they have taken at Wembley - David Platt was the last player to fail to score, in February 1993 against San Marino.

Line-ups

England

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Walker
  • 5Keane
  • 6Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 8Henderson
  • 4DierSubstituted forBarkleyat 17'minutes
  • 10AlliSubstituted forRiceat 63'minutes
  • 7Sancho
  • 9Kane
  • 11SterlingSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Trippier
  • 13Heaton
  • 14Rose
  • 15Tarkowski
  • 16Rice
  • 17Ward-Prowse
  • 18Barkley
  • 19Wilson
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Butland

Czech Rep

  • 23Pavlenka
  • 2KaderábekBooked at 45mins
  • 3Celustka
  • 6Kalas
  • 22Novak
  • 15Soucek
  • 11Pavelka
  • 4Gebre Selassie
  • 8DaridaSubstituted forMasopustat 67'minutes
  • 14JanktoSubstituted forVydraat 45'minutes
  • 19SchickBooked at 53minsSubstituted forSkodaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kolar
  • 5Coufal
  • 7Zmrhal
  • 9Dockal
  • 10Frydek
  • 12Masopust
  • 13Kral
  • 16Koubek
  • 17Suchy
  • 18Kudela
  • 20Vydra
  • 21Skoda
Referee:
Artur Manuel Soares Dias
Attendance:
82,575

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamCzech Rep
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, England 5, Czech Republic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England 5, Czech Republic 0.

Foul by Declan Rice (England).

Matej Vydra (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ross Barkley (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic).

Goal!

Own Goal by Tomas Kalas, Czech Republic. England 5, Czech Republic 0.

Attempt saved. Callum Hudson-Odoi (England) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jadon Sancho.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Milan Skoda replaces Patrik Schick.

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Czech Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tomas Soucek.

Ross Barkley (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic).

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (England) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Callum Hudson-Odoi (England) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jadon Sancho.

Attempt missed. Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Soucek.

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (England) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Raheem Sterling.

Goal!

Goal! England 4, Czech Republic 0. Raheem Sterling (England) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Lukas Masopust replaces Vladimir Darida.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Declan Rice replaces Dele Alli.

Goal!

Goal! England 3, Czech Republic 0. Raheem Sterling (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Jadon Sancho (England) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Dele Alli (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrik Schick (Czech Republic).

Foul by Jordan Henderson (England).

Matej Vydra (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. David Pavelka (Czech Republic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrik Schick with a cross.

Booking

Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Jordan Pickford (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Patrik Schick (Czech Republic).

Attempt saved. David Pavelka (Czech Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt missed. Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Vladimir Darida with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (England).

Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. David Pavelka (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ondrej Celustka.

Second Half

Second Half begins England 2, Czech Republic 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Matej Vydra replaces Jakub Jankto.

Half Time

First Half ends, England 2, Czech Republic 0.

goal

As It Stood

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