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June 22, 2021 England finished top of Group D after an early Raheem Sterling goal helped them beat Czech Republic

England got off to a flying start and almost scored inside two minutes only for Raheem Sterling to clip the post after a clever lobbed finish.

But it didn’t take long for the Manchester City man to get on the scoresheet, as he headed home at the back post after a great cross from Jack Grealish.

The Czechs slowly got back into the game though and made Jordan Pickford work on the 30 minute mark when Adam Holes forced a good save from the Everton man.

The theoretical home side were pushing now and almost got their equaliser when Tomas Soucek whipped a shot past Pickford but also just past the far post.

Into the second half and the game drifted somewhat as both sides tried to preserve some energy ahead of qualification for the last 16.

Jordan Henderson thought he had given the Three Lions a second late one but his close-range finish was correctly ruled out for offside.

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