Euro 2020 rankings Czech Republic v England: Vladimir Coufal 7, Tomas Soucek 6; Raheem Sterling 7, Bukayo Saka 7

CZECH REPUBLIC NOTES: Tomas Vaclik 7 – A solid save prevented Harry Kane from doubling England’s lead which kept the Czech Republic in the game. Not much to do in the second with Jaroslav Silhavy asking his team to play deeper. Getty

Jan Boril 5 – A sloppy first half saw the Slavia Prague man fail to prevent crosses from entering the box against Bukayo Saka. Carefree on the ball at other times. A reservation means that the next game is missing. Reuters

Ondrej Celustka 7 – Looked the better of the two center-backs and the Czech Republic’s defense seemed to calm down in the second half after a shaky opening. Passed the ball well in transition movements. PA

Tomas Kalas 6 – Beaten too easily by Kane inside the box and was fortunate enough to have his goalkeeper come to the rescue in the first half. AFP

Vladimir Coufal 7 – The stretched game to the right kept Jordan Pickford on the alert with crosses entering the box. AFP

Tomas Soucek 6 – Fought well in midfield and almost whipped a ball from inside the box into the net in the 35th minute, but the goalkeeper would have been relieved to see him pass the post. AFP

Tomas Holes 7 – Tested Pickford from a distance with a good shot that was heading into the corner before the goalkeeper pushed him back. It was a good game overall for the man from Slavia Prague who was involved on both sides of the pitch. PA

Jakub Jankto 6 – A few crosses questioned the England defense in the first half, but the winger was unable to make an impact. Abandonment at the break – potentially suddenly as he didn’t seem to be playing badly. EPA

Vladimir Darida 5 – A quiet match for the Hertha Berlin star. EPA

Lukas Masopust 5 – Did not really start until he was substituted in the 64th minute. EPA

Patrik Schick 5 – The Czech Republic hitman has been fit at Euro 2020 but made an isolated figure at Wembley. Canceled by England’s defensive setup. PA

SUBS: Petr Sevcik (Jantko, 45) 5 – An intriguing replacement given that Sevcik had zero goals and two assists in 32 games in all competitions last season. Ineffective on the side. PA

Adam Hlozek (Masopost, 64) 5 – Widely involved and didn’t seem able to fight Kyle Walker. Reuters

Alex Kral (Darida, 64) 5 – Sometimes sloppy with the ball as the Czech Republic didn’t seem to be working much in the central areas on Tuesday night. An unnecessary late shot did not worry Pickford. PA

Tomas Pekhart (Schick, 76) N / R – Activated for Schick in the 76th. EPA

Matej Vydra (Holes, 84) N / R – An air threat inside the box but not enough time to make an impact. EPA

NOTES IN ENGLAND: Jordan Pickford 7 – Dive deep to save holes after 27 minutes. Constantly yelling at Maguire and Stones in front. Four blank sheets in a row for England now – for a very cautious England side. Reuters

Kyle Walker 7 – Excellent in the first half – in speed, defense and communication throughout against the 40th ranked team in the world. Less involved in the second in a match that fades after half-time, with a slower tempo. EPA

John Stones 7 – Back with Maguire with whom he performed well in the 2018 World Cup final. He looked responsible like his team. Left after 79 and seemed to be dealing a blow. AFP

Harry Maguire 7 – First return leg after an injury for Manchester United six weeks ago. Superb ball in Kane on the 25th before it was put under pressure by the Czechs. Appeal a penalty claiming he was the victim of a foul on 67. AFP

Luke Shaw 7 – Set up Sterling in the second minute. Put his head where it hurts to try to stop a shot from Soucek. Did enough to keep their place for a team that didn’t impress too much but kept three clean sheets as they won their group. AFP

Kalvin Phillips 6 – The strong English contingent in the crowd of 19,104 shouted ‘shoot’ every time they got the ball. Man of the match against Croatia, he did not listen to their advice. Capable of good passes. Reuters

Declan Rice 6 – Faulted when England played slowly. Good partnership with Phillips in midfield – England’s troubles are the four players ahead of them. The team offers little excitement. Getty

Bukayo Saka 7 – Started ahead of Sancho and the 19-year-old was involved with the goal of playing Grealish after 12 minutes. Bad free kick three minutes later. Used the pace to break to the right after 32 and gave full-back Boril a hard time. Average in second half. Reuters

Jack Grealish 7 – Nice cross for Sterling for the first goal and some fine touches. Better player in the first half, quieter in the second half as England slowed down and let the Czech Republic have more of the ball. He looked furious at being replaced. AFP

Raheem Sterling 7 – A fast pace saw him win the ball and revive the goalkeeper to hit the post in the second minute. Led the first to settle in England after 12 minutes – the key moment of the game. Stayed on the left in second and quieter like all four before. Released on 66. Reuters

Harry Kane 6 – The England captain needed a good game. Heavily involved from the start – but often started in his own half to try smart passes that didn’t happen. Turned and pulled 25 – and slapped the floor in frustration. Better move, but the 2018 World Cup final top scorer has yet to get one in the first three games. Only front player not to change. AFP

SUBS: Jordan Henderson 6 – Returning from injury and for Rice at half-time as England sort to handle the game and keep their lead. Put the ball in the net after 85 for what he thought was his first England goal. It was offside. EPA

Marcus Rashford 6 – To Sterling after 66. Went left. He still hasn’t scored a goal in the tournament and probably hasn’t done enough to start next Tuesday’s final 16 games at Wembley. EPA

Jude Bellingham 6 – On for Grealish 66. Still only 17. More offense than Grealish. AFP

Tyrone Mings N / R – On for Stones after 78. Good because England scored nine unbeaten scores. AFP

Sancho N / R – For Saka after 83 years to win England’s 20th cap. The Dortmund winger was hoping for more from this tournament than just a few minutes. Reuters


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