Czech Republic 0-1 England: Euro 2020 player ratings from Wembley

Jordan Pickford (GK) The goalkeeper was alert to deny Holes. Did well to punch a cross to safety. 7

Kyle Walker (RB) Offered experience and recovery speed after returning to the side. Should start in last 16. 7

John Stones (CB) Enjoyed being reunited with Maguire. However he looked weary when he went off late on. 7

Harry Maguire (CB) Solid on his return from injury and comfortable bringing the ball out from the back. 8

Luke Shaw (LB) Far more willing to support the attack. Released Sterling early on and dominated his flank. 7

Declan Rice (CM) His positioning was fine but his passing can be far more decisive. Replaced at half-time. 6

Kalvin Phillips (CM) Offered discipline but needs to be more progressive in possession. England can become worryingly passive. 6

Bukayo Saka (RW) Instigated the move for the goal with an exciting dribble. Gave England unpredictability and invention. 8 (MOTM)

Jack Grealish (AM) Created Sterling’s goal with a lovely cross and troubled Coufal. Must press defenders harder, though. 8

Raheem Sterling (LW): Hit the post before heading in an early winner. Dangerous movement and hungry for goals. 8

Harry Kane (CF) The captain looked more mobile. Led the line and was unlucky not to score twice. 7


Jordan Henderson (for Rice, h-t) Continued his comeback by getting more valuable miles on the clock. Had a late goal disallowed. 6

Marcus Rashford (for Sterling, 67) The forward still seems to be building his sharpness. He was quiet after coming on. 6

Jude Bellingham (for Grealish, 68) The teenager offers maturity beyond his years. Surged forward and stepped in to win possession. 6

Tyrone Mings (for Stones, 79) 6

Jadon Sancho (for Saka, 84) 6

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Tomas Vaclik (GK) Made three smart saves in the first half. Unable to do anything about Sterling’s goal. 7

Vladimir Coufal (RB) The West Ham full-back had his hands full with Grealish and Sterling. Needed more protection. 5

Ondrej Celustka (CB) The defender was bullied by Kane and looked susceptible to pace. Opponents will target him. 5

Tomas Kalas (CB) The former Chelsea centre-back was overwhelmed by England’s early effervescence. Improved as game wore on. 6

Jan Boril (LB) Terrified of Saka’s pace and trickery. Reduced to hacking at him in the second half. 5

Tomas Soucek (CM) Began to maraud as the game progressed. Close to an equaliser and offered more control. 6

Tomas Holes (CM) The midfielder tested Pickford with a firm drive from long range. Played some nice passes. 6

Jakub Jankto (RW) Winger made little impact. Had a hand in Soucek’s chance but went off at half-time. 5

Vladimir Darida (AM) The midfielder was ineffective. Struggled to trouble England before being replaced in the second half. 5

Lukas Masopust (LW) Another who rarely looked capable of prising apart England’s defence. Substituted in the second half. 5

Patrik Schick (CF) The tall striker needed better service. Not enough crosses were aimed in his direction. Substituted. 6


Petr Sevcik (for Jankto, h-t) Came on at half-time but did nothing to change the game. Shaw had him in his pocket. 5

Alex Kral (for Darida, 64) Tried to take the game to England. Made some encouraging runs into the final third. 6

Adam Hlozek (for Masopust, 64) 6

Tomas Pekhart (for Schick, 75) 6

Matej Vydra (for Holes, 84) 6