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Five things we learned from England's win over the Czech Republic

Five things we learned from England's win over the Czech Republic
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The hosts finished top of Group D thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling.

Raheem Sterling’s first-half header was enough to see England beat the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 clash at Wembley.

The 1-0 victory takes the Three Lions through as winners of Group D, despite having scored just twice in their three games.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at what we learned from another low-key performance.

England await ‘Group of Death’ survivors

England players
(Nick Potts/PA)

This slender win was enough to secure England top spot in Group D, despite some suggesting beforehand they would rather see them finish second and avoid a tricky round of 16 clash.

Finishing top of the pile means a return to Wembley in a week’s time – where the opposition will come in the shape of the runners-up from Group F.

That could be France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary – with their final fixtures taking place tomorrow, England have 24 hours to wait to find out who they will face in what could prove to be a tricky tie.

Jack the lad

Jack Grealish
(Nick Potts/PA)

The clamour for Jack Grealish to play for England has only gathered pace as Euro 2020 has rolled on.

He came off the bench to much acclaim in the Scotland draw but was recalled to the starting line-up at Wembley on Tuesday night.

The Aston Villa captain showed just what he can do by crossing for Sterling to head England in front and it will be difficult for Gareth Southgate not to stick with the 25-year-old moving forward – perhaps why he was substituted with 67 minutes on the clock.

Teenage kicks

Bukayo Saka
(Nick Potts/PA)

While there had been calls for Grealish to be involved, Bukayo Saka’s place in Southgate’s side came as more of a surprise.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a fine season at Arsenal and shone in England’s warm-up win against Austria.

He was preferred here to the likes of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford and backed up Southgate’s faith by putting in a stellar performance which could give his manager a headache for the knockout stages.

More pain for Kane

Harry Kane
(Nick Potts/PA)

England may have advanced from their group but the form of captain Harry Kane remains a concern.

The Three Lions skipper finally had his first shot on target in the tournament during the win but is still without a goal at Euro 2020.

Kane, who won the golden boot at the 2018 World Cup, was labelled England’s “most important player” by Southgate in the build-up to this game but the Tottenham striker will come under increasing pressure to break his duck.

Southgate you’re the one

Gareth Southgate
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Only Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sir Bobby Robson have managed more England games since the 1966 World Cup win than Southgate.

The 50-year-old surpassed Roy Hodgson’s 56 games with this win, meaning he has now managed England as many times as he was capped during his playing career.

Leading the nation to a World Cup and Nations League semi-final double was some achievement but he will want to at least replicate that this summer as he continues to put his faith in youth.

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina32211669
United StatesUnited States25292276
JapanJapan2071239
AustraliaAustralia1541635
Great BritainGreat Britain14181547
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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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