England have finished top of Group D after beating Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley tonight.
The Three Lions, who will play the runner-up from Group F in the Round of 16 on Tuesday 29 June, remain unchanged at 8/1 to win Euro 2020 after that
Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka were the names on everyone’s lips before a ball was even kicked as new faces in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI – a decision which was very much justified as the pair were arguably the standouts of the first half.
They combined brilliantly for England’s opening goal, with some great work from Saka down the right flank after a slow opening ten minutes before a delicious cross from the left wing by Jack Grealish found the head of Raheem Sterling and then the back of the net to make it 1-0.
The whole team connected well for a good half an hour, in fact, with several well-made chances and plenty of energy – but, as had been the case in the other two group games prior, England faded from there on and showed very little up until the final whistle.
It wasn’t a poor performance, but it wasn’t great either. I think the overriding feeling remains that if England are to go far in the tournament, they still need to find a fair bit of improvement.
But, it’s job done for Gareth Southgate and his team, and all eyes towards the knockout stages.
The other team from Group D to qualify for Round of 16 is Croatia, who finished second after a 3-1 win over Scotland, who are now out of Euro 2020, at Hampden Park this evening.
A superb strike from Luka Modric just after the hour mark all but sealed it, with an Ivan Perisic header finishing the job.
Croatia are now 33/1 (from 80/1) to win Euro 2020 – while Czech Republic, who go through as one of the top third-place team, are 80/1 (from 100/1).