If there was one England player who felt they had something to prove at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, it was Raheem Sterling who had faced questions about his selection after an underwhelming season for club side Manchester City. He answered them in style by scoring his first goal at a major tournament for his country, on his 13th appearance for England at a finals, to give them a 1-0 win over Croatia in Euro 2020's Group D. After the game, Sterling posted a picture of himself as a boy in a youth-team kit on Twitter with the caption: "Never forget where it started #BoyfromBrent".
England 1-0 Croatia: player ratings from Euro 2020 Group D openerKalvin Phillips injected urgency into England’s midfield play while the Croatian schemer Luka Modric looked past his best England’s Kalvin Phillips (right) crunches into a tackle with Luka Modric of Croatia during the hosts’ 1-0 victory at Wembley. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Pool/EPA
A supporter has been rushed to hospital after a horror fall at Wembley Stadium during England's opening European Championship match. Uefa confirmed a ticket-holder was in a "serious" condition but were unable to comment on supporter speculation that they may have fallen from a tier inside the stadium. Exact circumstances of the fall are unknown but medics would have been able to quickly attend to the supporter as the stadium was only 25 per cent full. "Uefa can confirm that a spectator fell from
LONDON (Reuters) -Raheem Sterling finally found his tournament touch when his 61st-minute goal gave England a deserved 1-0 win over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday as they began a European Championship with a victory for the first time in nine attempts. Sterling, something of a surprise starter after a flat end to the domestic season but a favourite of manager Gareth Southgate, slid home after great work by Kalvin Phillips to end an individual drought that had run through England’s three previous major tournaments. Southgate said he was unaware of England's previous run of opening-game failures -- despite having played in one of them in 1996 -- but, as expected, was not getting carried away by a solid but unexceptional display.
In truth, it had been a largely phoney debate as Gareth Southgate had been convinced for some time that Tyrone Mings was the man to deputise for the injured Harry Maguire at the first game of this tournament. The nation had agonised for the past fortnight over whether or not Southgate would trust Mings to start against Croatia and even whether or not he would try to make up for Maguire’s absence by reverting to a back three. But it had never been the biggest issue in Southgate’s head and the ass
Raheem Sterling's second-half goal secured England a victory in the opening match of the European Championship for the first time in history. Sam Wallace, our Chief Football Writer, was watching at Wembley. Here's how England beat the World Cup finalists. Phillips comes of age for England The driver of the press – when England did press — was Kalvin Phillips, who Southgate confirmed later had been given a role that allowed him to push on further than he usually does for club or country. It meant
The Czech Republic will be eager to end a winless run stretching back to 2011 against Scotland when they take on Steve Clarke's side in their Euro 2020 opener on Monday, coach Jaroslav Silhavy said. Over the past decade, the two teams have met four times and Scotland have emerged victorious on the last three occasions, including securing 2-1 and 1-0 wins in the UEFA Nations League last year. Silhavy said the experience from those encounters will help the Czechs to start off on the right foot before facing Group D favourites Croatia and England.
England up and running at Euro 2020 as Raheem Sterling’s strike sinks Croatia Local hero: Raheem Sterling, who grew up close to Wembley Stadium, celebrates his England goal. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA