Sterling scored his and England’s second aim of the event within the 12th minute however the preliminary injection of tempo, depth and crowd-pleasing pleasure introduced by Jack Grealish and teenage man of the match Bukayo Saka regularly dissipated as the sport petered out into an completely forgettable second half.
Neither aspect will thoughts although as they now start to plot their assaults on the knockout part.
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England return to Wembley on Tuesday to face the runners-up from Group E – prone to be France, Germany or Portugal – whereas the Czechs should wait to search out out which group winner they play.
They had been dislodged from second place by Croatia, who beat Scotland 3-1 and can play the Group E runners-up – Sweden, Slovakia, Spain or Poland – in Copenhagen on Monday.
On the constructive aspect of England’s steadiness sheet is 2 wins and a draw, three clear sheets, a return to Wembley and an excellent variety of gamers getting a style of the motion.
Conversely, they’ve scored solely two targets – the bottom by any group ever to prime a Euros group – had been sluggish and over-cautious for lengthy intervals of all three video games and the midfield mixture and method seemingly stay something however settled. In addition they face a doubtlessly daunting final 16 sport subsequent. “We’re not fluent however we have now moments the place we glance an excellent aspect,” stated England coach Gareth Southgate.
“The Czechs are a extremely good aspect. They use the ball effectively and are actually robust to interrupt down. There may be extra to return from us, undoubtedly. We now have not scored from a set play but. They’re essential in large matches and we have now to get these nailed.
“All of our subsequent opponents shall be totally different video games however there are quite a lot of good issues we’re doing.”
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Sterling was on the sharp finish of England’s early assaults as they started stuffed with vitality. He struck a put up within the second minute when he lifted the ball previous advancing keeper Tomas Vaclik – the third time England had hit a put up of the identical aim early in every match.
Ten minutes later Sterling discovered the goal with a close-range header from a scrumptious floated cross by Grealish after a driving run by Saka had splintered the Czech rearguard.
Making his first look of the event, the 19-year-old large man confirmed a willingness to run with the ball that was painfully absent from England’s first two performances and, with Grealish a continuing menace, the hosts seemed extra threatening.
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Harry Kane seemed sharper too and had a shot effectively saved late within the first half by Vaclik, however that early promise was regularly changed by the all-too-familiar warning and England barely mustered one other significant try.
The Czechs had been neat and tidy with out carrying an enormous quantity of penalty field risk, although Tomas Holes had a shot palmed clear by Jordan Pickford and Tomas Soucek fired simply large within the first half.
Substitute Jordan Henderson thought he had scored his first aim for England on his 60th look 5 minutes from time after a scramble, solely to see it dominated out for offside.
General although it was desperately skinny gruel for a lot of the second half, with the loudest cheers reserved for the massive display screen bulletins of Croatia’s targets that eradicated Scotland.