- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- Kalas (o.g.)84'
- 1/2 Time
- 1st Half
- Kane (P)45'
England - Czech Republic
Euro Qualifying - 23 March 2019
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It's a productive night for Gareth Southgate and his hugely-exciting England team. They have brushed aside Czech Republic 5-0 with the excellent Raheem Sterling grabbing a hat-trick. They're up and running in Group A.
There will be two minutes of added time.
Hudson-Odoi falls awkwardly on his side and needs some treatment. Looks fine to continue though.
Absolutely no surprise that the Man of the Match award has gone to Sterling, who scores his 22nd, 23rd and 24th goals of the season in another eye-catching performance.
- Own-goalTomáš KalasCzech Republic
GOAL! England 5-0 Czech Republic
Oh dear, Kalas won't want to see this again. Hudson-Odoi drives from the left and powers up a shot at goal. Pavlenka pushes it into the path of Kalas who has time to adjust his feet but inexplicably turns the ball into his own net.
England are heading for a fourth consecutive victory.
WIDE! Vydra drives a shot wide of Pickford's near post. The goalkeeper will be desperate to keep a clean-sheet tonight but in truth he hasn't been troubled.
Playing on the right, England are focusing many of their attacks down Sancho's side. He may just be the final piece of the jigsaw in this England squad brimming with excitement, raw ability and potential.
The match ball has to go to Sterling, but Sancho's contribution won't have gone unnoticed.
There is a reason why the likes of Manchester United have been linked with a £100m move for the teenager. The 18-year-old's energy and confidence gets bums off seats and terrifies defenders. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not get his hands on him, but Southgate must be loving every minute as his international manager.
Well, this is a performance that is sure to raise expectations, if the World Cup heroics and the Nations Cup journey hasn't already. This is a hugely exciting England team, full of drive, energy and enthusiasm.
CHANCE! A rare Czech opportunity. The visitors move it wide to Schick who creates an angle for a shot but curls his effort just beyond Pickford's far post.
- OffRaheem SterlingEngland
- OnCallum Hudson-OdoiEngland
A standing ovation for hat-trick hero Sterling as he is replaced by debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi.
- GoalRaheem SterlingEngland
GOAL! England 4-0 Czech Republic
Sterling with his hat-trick! Everything he touches turns to gold! He lets fly from 25 yards, the ball takes a wicked deflection off a defender, wrong-footing Pavlenka and leaving the Czech goalkeeper with no chance.
- OffVladimír DaridaCzech Republic
- OnLukáš MasopustCzech Republic
Lukas Masopust replaces Darid in Czech Republic's first switch of the night.
- OffDele AlliEngland
- OnDeclan RiceEngland
Rice comes on for his debut, replacing the unusually quiet Alli on the left side of the midfield three.
- GoalRaheem SterlingEngland
GOAL! England 3-0 Czech Republic
Sterling scores his second of the game, and England's third! Walker drives forward with pace and intent. His through-pass searching for Sterling takes a fortunate ricochet off Kalas and ends up in the Manchester City forward's path. With a drop of the shoulder, he turns into space and finishes clinically to put the hosts out of sight.
GOAL-LINE CLEARANCE! England's formidable front three combine again! Sterling drives into the box and feeds Kane to his right. He cuts the ball back from the by-line to find Sancho, but his toe-poked effort is cleared off the line by Novak! The clearance is whacked against Alli and over the bar.
SAVE! Much better from England, after a sloppy start to the second period. They form an attack of one-touch passing to carve open the defence, Henderson's cross from the left takes a deflection off Novak's arm and Pavalenka has to be alert to prevent what would have been a spectacular own-goal!
CHANCE! Another let off for England! Pickford is all at sea as the corner delivery evades a couple of players at the near post and comes all the way through to Pavelka in the middle. The Czech no 11 doesn't get the power he would have wanted in his shot and the Everton shot-stopper is back on his line to make a save.
CLOSE! England have made a sleepy start to the second-half. Soucek is unmarked to meet a free-kick from the right and his header looks to be creeping in the far post and Pickford isn't getting there! Fortunately, for the hosts, the ball spins just inches wide of his post.
- 2nd Half
Czech Republic made a change at the half-time break, with Burnley's Matej Vydra coming on for Jankto.
England get the second period underway.
That's the last action of the first-half and England's superiority is now reflected in the score-line. So far, so good for Southgate and his exciting troops.
GOAL! England 2-0 Czech Republic
Opting for power, the goalkeeper gets a hand to Kane's vicious spot-kick but can't keep it out. It's not his best penalty but England are two goals to the good.
PENALTY TO ENGLAND! Sterling is sandwiched by two defenders, goes to ground and the referee points to the spot! This looks harsh...
England probe patiently in search of a second. The ball is worked into the feet of Kane who is allowed to turn inside the penalty area but his shot is deflected behind for a corner.
There is plenty of height and physical power in the Czech side and set-pieces probably represent their most likely avenue to an opening goal. They force their first corner of the night but the referee spots an infringement as the cross is delivered and England have a free-kick in their own penalty area.
England's corner is cleared but they regain possession and work it wide to Maguire. His cross is cut out easily by the visitors.
Sancho is brought down inside the box but instead of appealing for a penalty, the Dortmund forward quickly gathers himself and after an outrageous piece of skill, he wins the corner.
The fans are off their seat as Sterling drives forward with pace and carrying plenty of threat. He spreads it to Sancho who goes for the return pass but it's intercepted.
England haven't really built on their opening goal, they're still playing at a relatively slow tempo. And the supporters have been pretty quiet too, despite Wembley selling out tonight.
Sancho had been fairly subdued up to this point, but he just timed his run right to latch onto Kane's through-pass and he got just enough pace on his cross to set up Sterling.
Darida leads a rare Czech attack and wins a free-kick, after drawing a clumsy foul from Barkley on the left.
Kane's shot is blocked on the edge of the box, as England look to put this game to bed relatively quickly.
Looking at how this exciting trio of Sterling, Kane and Sancho perform, you wouldn't think this is the first time they have played together. But it is and Southgate must be licking his lips.
- GoalRaheem SterlingEngland
GOAL! England 1-0 Czech Republic
Sterling breaks the deadlock! A beautifully weighted first-time pass from Kane carves through the Czech defence and finds Sancho on the right. Is he offside? Play continues, and the Dortmund forward squares it for Sterling who, on the slide, pokes it into an empty net. Well worked.
NO FOUL! Sterling goes to ground on the edge of the penalty area, directly in front of the referee. Despite the strong calls for a free-kick, the official is unmoved.
Sancho, back playing on the right where England have focused much of their attack, has his pocket picked too easily as he tried to create an angle for a cross.
That's better from England. Chilwell finds Sancho, who has taken up a position on the left for now. His cross is searching for Kane but Bristol City's Kalas beats the Spurs forward to the ball.
That switch seems to have halted England's momentum for now; they're playing too slowly at the moment. They need to work the ball quicker.
Henderson will now play in the middle, with Barkley going to the right of the midfield-three. Alli remains on the left.
- OffEric DierEngland
- OnRoss BarkleyEngland
Unable to continue, Dier's game is up. But it's not Rice who will replace him. Instead, Ross Barkley comes on to play a central role in midfield. That's interesting.
Dier is back on his feet and returns to action. Rice takes his place back on the bench. He will have to wait a while longer for his debut, it seems.
INJURY! Dier has been keen to impress in the early stages but he has gone down after a challenge from Soucek and he may be forced off here. Declan Rice is warming up.
There isn't a single team England should fear in Group A, it's a group they should be winning comfortably. A trip to Montenegro beckons for the Three Lions on Monday.
In today's earlier Group A game, Montenegro held Bulgaria to a 1-1 draw.
I have been impressed with England's use of the high-press and their energy in midfield. Czech Republic are feeling suffocated and struggling to get out of their own half. Early days, though.
A number of players in white shirts flood into the penalty area as Walker picks up possession on the right. His cross is blocked, however, and England force the corner.
Henderson makes a clever run in behind the full-back and receives the pass. He crosses from the by-line and rather unconvincingly Pavlenka clears with a punch. England soon regain possession.
Alli lifts a ball into the path of Chilwell on the left side of the penalty area, but he's crowded out before he can get the ball under his control.
A lovely flick from Kane spreads the ball out wide to Sancho who is allowed to cut inside but loses out on the edge of a crowded penalty area, before Dier commits a foul to halt the visitors' counter-attack.
A first touch for Sancho but he's quickly dispossessed by Novak. England are knocking the ball around confidently in the early stages.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF! Czech Republic get us underway at Wembley.
A moment's applause for the late Gordon Banks.
The national anthems have been belted out and now it's almost time for some football.
It's England versus Czech Republic and it's LIVE!
Here come the players...
This is only the third match between England and Czech Republic, with the Three Lions winning one and drawing the other, both friendlies.
The last meeting came in August 2008 when England earned a 2-2 draw at Wembley thanks to a last-minute equaliser from Joe Cole.
Speaking to ITV, Southgate has admitted there is a feeling of excitement in the England camp and he wants his players to put on an 'exciting' performance. On paper, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Alli and Sancho is certainly a mouth-watering attacking quartet.
Southgate was also questioned as to why Rice has been left on the bench.
"He's trained really well, there is no hesitation in starting him. But we need some leaders on the pitch as well," he said.
It is a long time since England last lost a European qualifier. Who remembers Steve McClaren hiding under his umbrella as the Three Lions lost 3-2 to Croatia as they failed to qualify for Euro 2008? Well, that was the last time England suffered defeat in such a campaign.
Since then, they have won 15 matches, drawing three in an unbeaten 18-match run. And they have won their last 10 on the bounce.
One of England's heroes of Russia 2018, Jordan Pickford has come under fire after a series of mistakes in the Premier League this season.
But the Everton shot-stopper retains his place under Southgate and the 25-year-old is delighted he has the trust of his international manager.
"It's great for me," Pickford said. "I feel like, apart from the Newcastle game, I've been in a good run of form.
"In the Newcastle game, I made a mistake and bounced back with a good performance against Chelsea, so that shows my mentality and my character in myself, and I think that's been good for me.
"The manager has put faith in me to start tomorrow. I've been training well all week as well, so that's good."
"Consistency has remained in spite of the fluctuation in individual performances. Last summer's feel-good anthem has played on, and with this new England, hope has been replaced by expectation. Despite the change in personnel, Southgate and supporters are right to expect similar results," writes Ben Grounds for Eurosport.
Czech Republic starting XI: Pavlenka, Kaderabek, Celustka, Kalas, Novak, Soucek, Pavelka, Gebre Selassie, Darida, Janko, Schick.
Subs: Kolar, Koubek, Coufal, Zmrhal, Dockal, Frydek, Masopust, Kral, Suchy, Kudela, Vydra, Skoda.
Southgate makes FIVE changes to the team that overcame Croatia in the Nations League way back in November.
The standout inclusion is Dortmund's Sancho - making his first competitive match - while there are also starting berths for Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli.
Joe Gomez, John Stones, Fabian Delph and Marcus Rashford miss out through injury, while Ross Barkely is on the bench alongside potential debutants Declan Rice and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
England XI: Pickford, Walker, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell, Henderson, Dier, Sancho, Alli, Sterling, Kane.
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After the most memorable of years in 2018, Gareth Southgate's young Lions are targeting a winning start to 2019 and to their European Qualifiers campaign in Group A at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.
Eighteen-year-old wonderkid Jadon Sancho is handed his first competitive start, but who else features in the Three Lions' XI?
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