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998 vs. Czech Republic
  Friday, 22 March 2019
2020 UEFA European Championship Group A qualification match

England 5 Czech Republic 0 [2-0]

Players lost since last match
Ken Shellito (31 October) 78
Bill Slater (18 December) 91
Peter Thompson (12 April) 96
Fred Pickering (12 April) 74
Gordon Banks (12 February) 81
Black armbands are worn in remembrance, and a minutes' applause held for World Cup winner Gordon Banks OBE.

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 7.48pm.
Attendance: 82,575.

95 minutes 46:52 & 47:09 David Pavelka kicked off
[1-0] Raheem Sterling 24 23:45
 4-yard stretched left-footed tap-in from Jadon Sancho cross
[2-0] Harry Kane penalty 45+2 46:28
 right-footed powerful penalty to Pavelek's right
(Sterling fouled 45:19; awarded 45:22).
[3-0] Raheem Sterling 62 61:09
  half-spins lifting a left-footed strike from 12-yards into the far corner.
[4-0] Raheem Sterling 68 67:39 HAT-TRICK
right-footed effort from the edge of the box deflects off Čelůstka's back from a Ross Barkley pass

[5-0] Tomáš Kalas own goal 84 83:29
Hudson-Odoi shot is saved by Pavlenka. It then rebounds off Kalas into the empty net.
  Pavel Kadeřábek 45+1 45:32
  Patrik Schick 53 52:10
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Portugal England Squad


Czech Rep Squad
Referee (sky blue)
Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
39 (14 July 1979), Vila Nova de Gaia, FIFA-listed 2010.
12 Goal Attempts 7
8 Attempts on Target 2
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares
44 (1 August 1974)
Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares
42 (31 August 1976).
2 Corner Kicks Won 2
Fourth official
Hugo Filipe Ferreira de Campos Moreira Miguel
42 (16 January 1977), Lisboa
2 Offside Calls Against 0
8 Fouls Conceded 11
63% Possession 37%

England Team



FIFA (7 February 2019) 5th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating =7th to 5th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ¹⁴
16th, W 9 - D 3 - L 4 - F 31 - A 18
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 48 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
32nd match, W 18 - D 8 - L 6 - F 54 - A 24.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25
15 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 16 14ᵍᵃ
 the 75th EC clean sheet and the 125th in all qualification matches.
2 Walker, Kyle A. 28
298 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC 45 0
3 Chilwell, Benjamin J. 22
91 days
21 December 1996 LB Leicester City FC 6 0
4 Dier, Eric J.E., injured off 17th min. (injured 9:46) 25
66 days
15 January 1994 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 39 3
5 Keane, Michael V. 26
70 days
11 January 1993 RCD Everton FC 6 0
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26
17 days
5 March 1993 LCD Leicester City FC 17 1
Sancho, Jadon M. 18
362 days
25 March 2000 RF Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 4 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 28
278 days
17 June 1990 R/C
Liverpool FC 49 0
9 Kane, Harry E. 25
237 days
28 July 1993
Tottenham Hotspur FC
the 87th penalty-kick scored (120)
10 Alli, Bamidele J., off 63rd min. 22
345 days
11 April 1996 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 34 3
Sterling, Raheem S., off 70th min. 24
104 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 48 7
the 86th (49th post-war) hattrick scored
England Substitutes
Barkley, Ross, on 17th min. (16:14) for Dier 25
107 days
5 December 1993 RM Chelsea FC 26 11 2
scoreline: England 3 Czech Republic 0
1241 16 Rice, Declan, on 63rd min. (62.30) for Alli 20
67 days
14 January 1999 CM West Ham United FC 1 0
the 43rd United player to represent England
scoreline: England 4 Czech Republic 0
90 20
Hudson-Odoi, Callum J., on 70th min. (69:19) for Sterling
135 days
7 November 2000 F
Chelsea FC 1
   youngest competitive debutant since 1955
the 47th Chelsea player to represent England
two under 18's for first time since 1881
result: England 5 Czech Republic 0
unused substitutes: 12-Kieran Tripper, 13-Tom Heaton, 14-Danny Rose, 15-James Tarkowski, 17-James Ward-Prowse, 19-Callum Wilson, 21-Jack Butland.
team notes: Declan Rice becomes the first player since Jack Reynolds in 1891 to first play for Ireland before switching his allegiance to England.
records: Sterling's first goal was the fiftieth scored under the Southgate reign. His second was England's 300th competitive goal at home. He is the first player to score more than once against Czech Republic.
England have now gone forty qualification matches (WC & EC) unbeaten (W31 D9).
Raheem Sterling's hattrick is England's second hattrick at the new National Stadium, and the first there for 8½ years. The fifth BME hatrician then becomes the seventh player to score a hattrick and then be substituted.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is the fiftieth England player to make his debut at the National Stadium. He is the 33rd substitute, as well as the seventeen starters.
Manager Gareth Southgate was an unused substitute when Czech Republic visited in November 1998.
4-3-3 Pickford -
Walker, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell -
Henderson, Dier
(Barkley), Alli (Rice)-
Sancho, Kane, Sterling
notes: When Barkley replaced Dier, he went to the right, with Henderson going into the centre. When Rice came on, he went to the centre and Henderson then went to the left.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 338 days Appearances/Goals 27.3 2.8

Czech Republic Team



FIFA (7 February 2019) 44th
EFO ranking
ELO rating
Colours: Made by Puma - Red crew-necked jerseys with blue trim and a lion's head graphic on the front, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Vladimír Darida
until 67th min.
No player took the armband
Manager: Jaroslav Šilhavý, 57 (3 November 1961), appointed 18 September 2018
fifth match, W 3 - D 0 - L 2 - F 4 - A 7
Czech Republic Lineup
23 Pavlenka, Jiří 26
342 days
14 April 1992 G Sv Werder Bremen von 1899, Germany 9 11ᵍᵃ
2 Kadeřábek, Pavel 26
331 days
25 April 1992 RB TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany
45th+1 min. after he brought down Sterling as he danced into the area. PENALTY
3 Čelůstka, Ondřej 29
277 days
18 June 1989 CD Antalyaspor, Turkey 9 1
6 Kalas, Tomáš 25
304 days
22 May 1993 CD Bristol City FC, England, on loan from Chelsea FC, England 19 2
53rd own goal scored for England (EC10)
22 Novák, Filip 28
269 days
26 June 1990 LB Trabzonspor, Turkey 20 1
15 Souček, Tomáš 24
23 days
27 February 1995 DRM Sk Slavia Praha 17 2
11 Pavelka, David 27
308 days
18 May 1991 DLM Kasımpaşa SK, Turkey 19 0
4 Gebre Selassie, Theodor 32
88 days
24 December 1986 RM Sv Werder Bremen von 1899, Germany 53 3
8 Darida, Vladimír, off 67th min. 28
226 days
8 August 1990 AM Hertha, Berliner SC, Germany 54 4
14 Jankto, Jakub, off half time 23
62 days
19 January 1996 LM UC Sampdoria, Italy, on loan from Udinese Calcio, Italy 18 2
19 Schick, Patrik, off 82nd min. 23
57 days
24 January 1996 CF/LF
AS Roma, Italy
53rd min. after he prevented Jordan Pickford's clearance.
Czech Republic Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Czech Republic 0
20 Vydra, Matĕj, on half time for Jankto 26
325 days
1 May 1992 RF Burnley FC, England 25 5
scoreline: England 3 Czech Republic 0
12 Masopust, Lukáš, on 67th min. (66:48) for Darida 26
38 days
12 February 1993 AM Sk Slavia Praha 2 0
scoreline: England 4 Czech Republic 0
21 Škoda, Milan, on 82nd min. (81:27) for Schick 33
65 days
16 January 1986 CF Sk Slavia Praha 19 4
result: England 5 Czech Republic 0
unused substitutes: 1-Ondřej Kolář, 5-Vladimír Coufal, 7-Jaromír Zmrhal, 9-Bořek Dočkal (injured), 10-Martin Frýdek, 13-Alex Král, 16-Tomáš Koubek, 17-Marek Suchý, 18-Ondřej Kúdela.
4-4-2 second half
Pavlenka -
Kadeřábek, Kalas, Čelůstka, Novák -
Gebre Selassie, Pavelka, Darida (Masopust), Souček, Jankto (Vydra) -
Schick (Škoda)
notes: Vydra joined Schick up front in the second half.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 10 days Appearances/Goals 23.6 2.1
least experienced XI in 2018-19


    Match Report by Mike Payne

For the first International of the year, Gareth Southgate’s squad reflected the exciting talent at his disposal for this opening European Championships match in a tournament due in 2020. There was a little caution with the inclusion of Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier to bolster the midfield, but, in general, it was a bold and attacking selection by the manager.  It paid off handsomely with a thoroughly dominant performance and five goals.
In a cautious opening, England had a ‘good look’ at their opponents, but the first significant moment came when Dier suffered an injury. It was bad enough to force him off after just 17 minutes, and Southgate replaced him by bringing on Ross Barkley. At this time England were looking solid but the first effort on goal came from the visitors six minutes later. It was a speculative shot by Vladimir Darida which flew high and wide, and within a minute England broke down the right and took the lead. So far, Jadon Sancho had looked lively but was giving the ball away too much, but this time he raced onto a wonderful pass from Harry Kane, inside the full-back, hit a first-time cross into the middle, and there was Raheem Sterling stretching to guide the ball home from close range. The keeper had no chance and Sterling continued what he has been doing all season for Manchester City.

Deli Alli, back in the side after injury, was lively over the next ten minutes and England were already in control. Sancho almost sent Henderson free, but the Liverpool man was offside, and then two near misses for England with just over five minutes of the half remaining, first from Sancho, and then from Harry Maguire almost doubled the lead. Both efforts missed the target, but it wasn’t long before England did double their lead.

On 43 minutes. Barkley, increasingly influential, set up Kane, but his shot was blocked away for a corner. From the kick the ball was worked to Sterling and the forward burst between two defenders before crashing to the ground. Pavel Kaderabeck was penalised for a foul, and England had a penalty. Kaderabeck was yellow carded, but it was one of those incidents that some referees would give and some wouldn’t. This referee had no hesitation and Harry Kane smashed the spot-kick home. The goalkeeper, Jiri Pavlenka, got a strong hand to Kane’s kick, but the power of the shot was just too much for him.

So, 2-0 at the break, and England in complete control. Ben Chilwell and Kyle Walker were trying to get forward in support of the attack and Barkley was taking full advantage of his opportunity with some powerful runs. Michael Keane and Maguire looked composed at the back against a weak Czech attack, and Jordan Pickford had not been troubled.

Not surprisingly, the Czechs came out after the break, determined to make an impact. Matej Vydra was sent on as substitute for the ineffective Jakub Jankto at the start of the half and for ten minutes they pushed forward atery opportunity creating a couple of good chances. On 49 minutes David Pavelka had a shot blocked and then, two minutes later, Tomas Soucek had a great chance but headed Darida’s free-kick wide of the England goal, when he might have done better. A minute later and Pavelka combined with Tomas Kalas to force Pickford into a good save to his right. On 53 minutes the goalkeeper then did well to react to Pavelka’s close range header, blocking it on the line when slightly wrong-footed.

Although the Czech side had enjoyed their best spell since the break, England still held the upper hand, in every sense. Just after the hour mark, England settled the result with another excellent goal from Sterling. He received possession in the box but defenders fought to clear the ball. A lucky rebound then fell at Sterling’s feet and he spun to hit a fine left-foot shot into the far corner for a terrific goal. Game over!

After that goal Southgate gave Declan Rice his England debut, replacing Alli, and the Czechs brought on Lukas Masopust for Darida. Within five minutes England increased their lead to 4-0. Another excellent burst by Barkley set up Sterling for a shot from about 20 yards. Remember, he was on a hat-trick, and the luck was on Sterling’s side as the shot struck a defender on the back and completely wrong-footed the goalkeeper, who turned to see the ball cross the line, much to his disgust. Sterling celebrated with the crowd and was then substituted by Southgate who brought on another exciting talent, Callum Hudson-Odoi. (Wonder how long it will be before England’s whole team have double-barrelled names?).

England dominated the remaining 20 minutes as Barkley headed wide, Henderson had a shot blocked, Barkley combined with Hudson-Odoi for the latter to have a shot, which was saved by Pavlenka, and then the goalkeeper did well to stop Kane adding to the goal tally.

With six minutes left England scored a fifth, and rather fortuitous goal. Hudson-Odoi positively went for goal and his shot was pushed out by the goalkeeper. Unluckily for Pavlenka, and even more unluckily for Kalas, the ball struck the defender’s shins and rebounded, oh so slowly, into the net. They rounded off the Czech Republic’s dismal night.

England had played well, and it was a very promising start to the new year, and to their Euro Championship challenge. Several players stood out, none more so that Raheem Sterling, who won the crowd over with a fine all-round display topped off by a hat-trick. You can’t say fairer than that.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor