England – Czech Republic: Raheem Sterling Shines as Slick England Pick Apart Czech Republic (5-0)
Gareth Southgate’s England continued their good form with an impressive victory at Wembley Stadium to kick start their qualifying campaign for the European Championships. Dominance in possession, impressive runs from wingers and fast breaks forward would break down an inferior but well-organised Czech Republic - for a good hour at least.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
England topped their UEFA Nations League Group - which contained both Spain and Croatia - as well as winning four out of their last five games. Southgate has been rotating his team’s starting formation after the World Cup and would do the same here, putting England in a 4-3-3 shape. Jordan Pickford retained his goalkeeper spot behind a defensive line of Kyle Walker, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell. Eric Dier would play as anchor in midfield, with Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli alongside him. Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and captain Harry Kane would make an exciting front three.
zech Republic finished second in their UEFA Nations League Group, going through inconsistent form as of late. Jaroslav Silhavy started his team in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Jiří Pavlenka making just his eighth cap for his country in goal, followed by a defense of Filip Novák, Tomáš Kalas, Ondřej Čelůstka and Pavel Kadeřábek. David Pavelka and Tomáš Souček made Czech Republic’s midfield, with Jakub Jankto, captain Vladimír Darida and Theodor Gebre Selassie in front of them. Roma striker Patrik Schick completed the Czech Republic team.
England start to assert dominance but struggle in the final third
From the very early stages in the game, Southgate’s team took control and positioned just like your average ball-orientated team. A midfielder dropping deep . . .