Raheem Sterling scored early as England beat the Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley on Tuesday to take top spot in Group D at the European Championship.

The 12th minute headed goal also means a return to Wembley in the last 16 next week when England will take on the runners-up in Group F, to be decided on Wednesday.

Unbeaten England finished with seven points, comfortably ahead of Croatia, who were second with four after beating Scotland 3-1 in Glasgow.

A tired-looking Czech Republic finished third in the group, but still advance with their four point haul.


England have reached the knockout stages of the European Championships for their fourth consecutive tournament participation (also 2004, 2012 and 2016), avoiding defeat in the group stage at each of their last three tournaments.

England have topped their group at a European Championships for only the third time, also doing so at EURO 1996 and EURO 2012. With just two goals scored, they are the lowest scoring side to ever finish top of a group at a EUROs tournament.

England have kept 15 clean sheets in their last 19 matches in all competitions, conceding only five goals. They have gone through a group stage at a major tournament without conceding for only the third time, also doing so at the 1966 World Cup and in the second group stage at the 1982 World Cup.

Since his England debut last September, Jack Grealish has more assists than any other England player (3), despite only playing in nine of the Three Lions’ 15 matches since then.

Tomas Pekhart’s effort at goal in the 83rd minute for the Czech Republic was the first shot in the second half, the longest wait for a shot in the second half of a European Championships match (since 1980).

England failed to attempt a single shot at goal in the second half of a match for the first time since October 2018 against Spain in a UEFA Nations League match. Their last effort at goal was a Harry Kane attempt in the 26th minute.

Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 19 matches for England (14 goals, 6 assists) and has ended on the winning side in all 12 matches when finding the net for the national team.

Excluding penalty shootouts, Gareth Southgate registered his fifth victory as England manager at a major tournament (EUROs + World Cup) – only Sir Alf Ramsey (8) and Sven-Goran Eriksson (7) have won more matches at major tournaments as England manager.

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